CMS For Your Website

Binaya Ghimire

Whether you want to launch a blog, business website, social media, discussion board, or an online store, you need a Content Management System (CMS). There are numerous Content Management Systems to choose. However, the most common CMS is WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. You can build any kind of websites (personal blog, ecommerce website, community website etc.) from these CMS.
Launched in 2003 as a blogging platform, WordPress later changed to its CMS. Drupal was released in 2001while Joomla was launched in 2003. These are open sources of CMS, which means they are free to use.
Currently, WordPress is being used on 6 million websites, which makes up 65 per cent market share. Wordpress repository has more than 3000 free themes and about 36,000 free plugins to customise a website. Wordpress is probably a suitable CMS for news sites, personal blogs and simple websites that receive moderate traffic. You don’t need any technical skills and experiences. Wordpress is used by the sites such as CNN, TIME, etc.
One of the pros of using WordPress is its user friendliness. You don’t technical skills, website can be easily customised through widgets and plugins. Another benefit is Search Engine Optimisation integration. Since there are many plugins and widgets available, you can easily optimise your WordPress site for search engines.
WordPress also has many cons, one of the serious issues with WordPress is Hacking. Since WordPress uses many third party widgets and plugins, it is an easy target for hackers. Because of many unrelated generic codes in the website, WordPress powered websites are slower than those using other CMS.
Drupal powers about 763,000 websites. This accounts for 8 per cent of the market share. Drupal repository has over 2000 free themes and about 26,000 free plugins. Drupal is considered a perfect CMS for complex, advanced and versatile websites. It is an ideal CMS for websites that need complex data organisation, or have multiple users (online stores for example). However, you need high technical expertise to build websites on Drupal. Some of the popular websites using Drupal are Taboola, NBC, etc.
The major benefit of using Drupal is its versatility. The Drupal modules allow you to customise your site according to your choice. Drupal is extremely flexible. It is best CMS for multi-sites, a site where users can create their own pages. Another benefit is speed. Drupal websites have great performance speed compared to other CMS. It can handle any number of traffic.
The major issue with Drupal is difficulty. If you have no coding knowledge, you cannot use Drupal. You must have technical skills to use Drupal Joomla is another popular free CMS. It powers 8 million websites, which is 13 percent of the market share. Joomla repository has over 1000 free themes and about 5 thousand plugins.
Joomla can be placed between Wordpress and Drupal. You need more skills than for Wordpress and fewer skills than Drupal. With little knowledge, you can create complex websites such as ecommerce store. Joomla is being used by Harvard University, Linux etc.
Joomla is very power CMS. With little skills you can create great websites; Joomla is also user friendly. It is ideal for ecommerce store. Joomla plugins, components, modules, templates and languages to build a great site. The major disadvantage of Joomla is unavailability of appropriate extensions and add-ons. You also require PHP coding skills even to check plugin compatibility. 


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