Someone that has a blog, a news website or a shopping site would then only understand the necessities of a CMS. When it comes to the business, no one would want to compromise the features that they need to run their website efficiently. So it is necessary to check out the pros and cons of the CMS’s that are in the market to find out the perfect one for you.
The first thing that should be mentioned about WP is that it’s simple and free. Simplicity is the main key point for WP to be so popular among users. Whoever that has a basic idea about CMS\’s can maintain a WP CMS easily and this harassment free CMS comes at no cost.
WP has a large collection of themes and plug-ins both, free and premium versions which can be used to enhance your website. WP also has the ability to be very strong in SEO when using plugins such as All in One SEO Pack.
WordPress does not include any user guide with the software which is not very understandable as WordPress is free. However, with Codex the online manual for WordPress, users will never have to worry about getting help. There are also hundreds of third party blogs out there where users can find tips, tricks and support.
As WordPress has an amazing following, support is easily obtained from the official WordPress forums.
When looking to have an advanced functions and modules, ExpressionEngine is where you should be looking at. The price of EE starts from $200. This CMS comes with channel options and has different custom fields and groupings.
ExpressionEgine comes with a handy user guide which can drive you through the CMS pretty well as this is not the simplest CMS. For $49 a month you can have professional support from the guys at Ellis Lab.
ExpressionEngine is definitely what we will use when a website demands a whole lot of customizations.
While Concrete5 is not as popular as WordPress or ExpressionEngine, it does look promising. As compared to WordPress, Concrete5 is a little tougher to learn thus making it somewhat unpopular with users looking to start their first website on their own.
Even thought Concrete5 does not have a great collection of themes and plug-ins, we have to mention that it has native site map without using any plugins. At this stage support for Concrete5 is not as large as WordPress and this could be a possible hindrance.
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Joomla is an open source CMS that has simplicity and complexity at the same time. You can design small and simple websites to large and advanced sites with it.
Joomla is catered more towards corporate or e-commerce sites as it has a lot of functionality to offer. Joomla is basically used for complex systems that can\’t be supported by WordPress.
Like WordPress, Joomla has a vast collection of themes and plugins to choose from. Support is also excellent as its powered by its large community.
Now, we can easily say that choosing a single CMS is not easy until we know what we want to acehive on our site. You need to look into some matters before you can decide.
Firstly, you should find out the features that you require. Secondly, decide if you want to spend money for your CMS based on the features available to a particular CMS. Thirdly, check out if your system is complex or simple, because you would not want to use a complex CMS for simple sites.