This week, we are going to talk about CMS systems and the web. Before we go any farther, it is important that you understand what CMS stands for. A CMS (Content Management System) is an application using which you can create, update and delete your Content on the web. There are several different types of CMS solutions. In fact, any web application where you upload content or media and manage falls into this definition. We will focus on narrowing this down to two of the more powerful CMS – WordPress and Drupal.
We are going to start out with my personal favorite, WordPress. WordPress is by far the most widely used and easiest to use Content Management System on the internet. At last count, WordPress has been powering more than 17% of the internet! More than 17%, that’s a crazy amount of sites when you think about how big the internet exactly is. WordPress itself has its limitations as a platform; however, it allows for the addition of custom widgets and plugins that can pretty much handle anything you could want.
Drupal, on the other hand, is one of the eldest of all the CMS systems that are currently in use. Drupal has an average usage rate of 2.13%, which seems small when you compare it to the 17% of WordPress. Drupal does not have the simple and easy plugins that WordPress has. Drupal also comes with a big learning curve and is not for the un-savvy. What I will and can say about Drupal is that its core system, unlike WordPress, is ROCK SOLID and extremely well documented and supported.
When it comes to CMS solutions, you have many different options. Deciding on which solution is right for you can be challenging in some cases. The best way to decide on a CMS solution is to figure out exactly what the needs of your site are. Next, look into the different systems and see which one has the ability to fit your needs. Lastly, take the time to play with the systems you have chosen and see which one feels comfortable to you. If all else fails and you’re not sure what you want, go with popular opinion and choose the most widely used one…WORDPRESS.
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