If you’ve decided to build your own website or blog, you probably stuck in a very common issue – what kind of platform to choose?
Believe or not, choosing a right platform for your website is a key to a successful online business whether it is the personal blog or e-commerce.
Every platform has its own issues, but not all of them are a lucky solution. You certainly have to point out your needs and think what exactly you need.
With this article, we’re going to compare multiple content management system (CMS) platforms to help you make the right decision and eventually, to help you understand why to choose WordPress over other platforms.
Why use CMS in the first place
Ok, so you are into HTML and know how to create or edit this code to manage and upload your website online. Why would you need to use CMS then?
Well, that’s a pretty simple – to simplify your work. Every time you want to add a content to your static HTML website, you need to access your files through the FTP manager, look for the appropriate code, read the code and know where and how to add new content.
If you have a simple business website, then ok.
But what if you have advanced website or blog with lots of categories, tags, posts etc.? Then your static HTML website become to be a burden for your online work.
With CMS, you add content easily through your online dashboard and you don’t need to know any coding. You can adjust and edit the basic design of your website as well.
Furthermore, you can create various administrator accounts with various administration permissions. So you can safely let other people manage your content without making yourself vulnerable by giving sensitive information to other people.
Even if you are a web developer and know how to build a website from the scratch, CMS can rapidly simplify and fasten your work. And not only that – your client will naturally require a website interface which is easy to use and manage not only for developers and designer.
And this is why CMS became a key tool for creating and managing websites all over the world and its preferences are growing every day.
Now we are aware of advantages of content management system so we can have a look at the actual comparison of available systems:
We are going to compare 4 most used CMS platforms which are used to build website or blog:
WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and Squarespace.
Let´s first have a look at the comparison infographic between these 3 CMS platforms (We are going to explain why there is no Squarespace included).
This picture is sourced from the WebsiteSetup.
As you can see, every CMS has a little different focus.
WordPress started as a bloggers platform but very soon became world´s most popular platform for building corporate websites and e-commerce as well.
Joomla is primarily focused on building e-commerce websites and it is believed that is the best platform if you need advanced e-commerce system.
Drupal is the least popular platform (according to the number of downloads) mostly because you need to have a knowledge of some HTML, PHP, and CSS.
From this infographic, you can clearly see who is the winner – with most downloads, quickest manuall installation, number of free themes available, number of plugins available and the fact that you don’t need to know any coding basics, it’s the WordPress whom the future belongs.
Furthermore, WordPress has the biggest, vibrant community of volunteers and techs who are available to help you in forums in case you need it.
With the ever growing community of people who are constantly trying to make WordPress better, you can be sure there will be always support and need to make this platform even better than now. I am always flattered with all improvements released with every new update.
To make this comparison as useful as possible, we are going to include a Squarespace website builder to this review as it is becoming a hot trend recently.
When it comes to building a website, many can argue why to use CMS, when you can opt for a much simple option such as Squarespace.
It offers very simple building system of a website and includes a web hosting services as well. Squarespace is presenting itself as the platform of future but is it really true?
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With Squarespace, you pay for this service monthly (starting at $12/month). It includes hosting, domain, 24/7 customer service and a website builder. Many people state that Squarespace offers an interface using which you can create an “expensive” looking website without knowing a single line of code.
But after my personal reviewing of Squarespace websites, I can honestly say that the same “expensive” looking design you may build in WordPress. If you require advanced and modern looking web design, then there are thousands of premium WordPress themes available on market.
Not for everyone
Furthermore, Squarespace only uses Stripe as a payment gateway – which is really restrictive particularly for non-US residents because you can’t use Stripe without American bank account.
WordPress is free to use and you can freely choose whatever hosting provider you wish. Then you can choose from thousands of free or premium themes to build and create your website. You can adjust the functionality of your website with thousands of free or paid plugins as well.
You can also migrate your entire WP website to another hosting provider.
So why to pay for a service which forces you to do everything under their own terms?
The Word Of A Pro
As a professional web designer and developer, I must say that WordPress is the best tool for me. I am using it every day for building and maintaining websites for me and clients.
And I can’t be more satisfied with this ever growing and ever improving platform.
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