In the development market characterized by the increased need to build websites using the shortest time possible while also employing very little effort, most developers, including newbie developers, are choosing to go for Open Source content management Systems (commonly known as CMS) to have the job accomplished. However, with the many CMS available in the web space, it may prove hectic for beginners to settle on the right one. With CMS, anybody interested in doing web development can achieve their dreams through the use of simple guides commonly known as wizards.
A typical CMS comprises a web application and a database needed for the capture, manipulation, and storage of the content generated through the HTML pages; the web application is important in the manipulation of the content, whereas the database is important in the storage of the entries made through this application. While shopping around for a CMS that fits your need, it’s important to understand that good CMS gives emphasis on spending time in the design of the front end rather than installing new functionalities or extensions.
While shopping for a new CMS, there are a few features that are paramount to consider, including the ease of installation, the simplicity of the administrative interface (backend), the ease of expanding the CMS’ capability/functionality through extensions, the simplicity of manipulating the CMS’ template, and the richness of its support community. Before settling for one, you also need to do better research and understand the experience other CMS users have hard with these CMSes. The CMS also need to look presentable and appealing to you. Some of the most popular CMSes in use include WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla.
Drupal is considered the most functional and efficient Open Source CMS currently available in the market today. It allows the developer to do the page content editing directly. It also provides an easy way to extend its functionalities through modules. The other good side with Drupal is that it provides an easy way for developers to develop its themes through CSS.
There are a number of challenges that come in the way of while trying to use Drupal as your preferred CMS. For instance, installing or modifying Drupal scripts has proved to be a great challenge to most users; the installation or modification is less user-friendly. It, therefore, calls for users with better knowledge in this CMS. The other undoing with Drupal is that it exhibits compatibility issues more than its competitors. Websites developed by the use of Drupal are less efficient and scalable, especially if they are large due to the server load they generate.
Even though there are a few challenges associated with Drupal, most developers agree that it does not frustrate its developers like its competitors; it’s the easiest CMS to use in developing websites, especially for newbies.
According to statistics, WordPress CMS is the most used platform in the development of web solutions. One advantage with WordPress is that it is highly simple and user-friendly. The only requirement a developer needs to use is just basic knowledge about the CMS. With a change in web technology, users (even those with little technical know-how), can modify a WordPress site without doing any coding. The CMS also allows for rapid development. The CMS is also rich in Plug-ins that corresponds to almost all functionalities a user may require. Being an open source CMS, users have the advantage to modify its code to suit their needs. WordPress is also well known for its inbuilt capability for making the site SEO friendly.
Though very popular, it still has some issues that need a fast address. For instance, the CMS contains an excess of generic codes which at times comes in the way of the site’s overall speed of loading. The excess of plug-ins available in WordPress has a direct impact on the site’s performance.
Joomla is considered a hybrid of WordPress and Drupal. Unlike other CMSes like Drupal, its initial installation is simple and straightforward. With Joomla, it is easy to extend its functionalities using the available components and plug-ins. However, one major con of using Joomla is that most of its components, plug-ins, and modules are only available after buying them. The CMS is also very inefficient as it contains loads of unnecessary stuff, including data and plug-ins that slow down the website. Joomla websites have also been known to be highly vulnerable to attacks due to the use of its inbuilt login mechanisms that in turn make it less secure.