When a client asks us which content management system (CMS) is best for their online needs we always recommend WordPress. In fact, we even suggest that clients with a different software convert to WordPress. It is the easiest application for business teams to manage, its user-friendly and powerful software can support a variety of small and large businesses, and it is also cost-effective.
WordPress is an Open Source CMS
The two most popular types of CMSs are open source and custom.
CMS (content management system) – Software for your website that allows multiple users to manage website content.
Custom CMS – A CMS that is built from the bottom up by a programmer and is costly. Pricing starts at around $5,000.
Open Source CMS – Software that is open to the public to create, edit, and transform. In most cases, no single individual owns an open source CMS, rather, a community of developers and programmers work on it simultaneously.
The most popular open source CMSs: WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal
Did you know that 29.3% of websites run on CMS WordPress?
Despite the complexity of designing and developing a website, business owners can make updates with ease to WordPress’s user-friendly software. Its back-end is structured with business owners in mind, unlike the back-end of Drupal and Joomla, which even developers have a difficult time using. This means that nearly anyone can make website updates and manage their own website. As you can see in the photo above, WordPress clearly lists a series of functions on the left-hand side of the dashboard.
However, the software alone is not enough for an effective website. Along with software, you will need a WordPress theme and plugins.
Plugins and Themes
WordPress has more free and budget-friendly themes.
A theme is the underlying functionality of a website. WordPress has a vast selection of responsive and quality themes. While some may require recurring fees, all themes require maintenance fees. However, WordPress offers twice as many quality themes than the competitor.
Check out these popular and responsive themes. See anything you like?
WordPress also has more plugins.
Plugins are functions that you can add to your website such as a calendar, a reservation bar, a scheduling bar, or to convert to an eCommerce site. CMS WordPress offers over 45,000 quality plugins, exceeding offers from Drupal or Joomla. Furthermore, their plugins are far less expensive than the competitors.
Despite the budget-friendly perks of using WordPress, maybe you find Drupal or Joomla’s plugins and themes more attractive. Keep in mind, the themes and plugins available for these two CMSs are going to be just as difficult to navigate as their confusing software.
The photo below will give you a better idea of how difficult it is, for developers and website owners alike, to navigate the back-end of Drupal and Joomla. WordPress’ software guides you in the right direction when you need to update your site, add/edit/delete products, add a service, or add imagery.
Unless you enjoy labyrinths,
call us today and we’ll convert your website to a WordPress site.
Steve here from OCWS coming at you with my second Tip For Success!
First off – happy new year! I’ve got one BIG and SIMPLE tip to help you succeed online in 2018. It will help your business more than you can imagine. All you have to do is go to Google.com/MyBusiness, log in, and add as much information about your business as you possibly can.
You’re probably thinking, “I did that years ago when I started my business!” If you did, that’s great! But guess what? Google has made some changes since then. Google now allows you to add different types of information. The search engine then uses this information every day to serve up search engine results in interesting ways. I’m sure some changes have been made to your business since then and Google would LOVE to know.
Our mission at Old City Web Services is to navigate the world of web design, web development, and advertising for our clients so that they can focus on what they do best – running their business! Our business intentions go beyond the metrics of graphics, coding, and SEO. Located on Florida’s First Coast, we run a personable home front service and consider our relationship with our clients as a partnership in their success. If you are looking to increase your business’ visibility give us a call at (904) 829-2772 or contact us today.
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