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How to Choose a CMS for Your Business Web Site

How to Choose a CMS for Your Business Web Site

Content plays an essential role in building your business’ online presence and brand as it allows you to make a connection with potential customers and educate them about your product/service. Producing quality content that is valuable to your audience will increase the likelihood that users will engage with your business, and the more that people engage with your content, the more likely they are to trust your brand and become a client. To maximize your company’s content potential, you’ll need a reliable content management system (CMS).

Content management systems are a type of computer software that allows you to build and manage a website without having to code it yourself. It lets you create, manage, edit, and publish content, as well as customize the design and functionality of your site. However, a CMS’s capabilities vary from platform to platform, so how do you know which one is best for your business? Let’s review five of the top CMS platforms to see which one is best for your needs.

WordPress

WordPress is, without a doubt, the most well known CMS. The platform was launched in 2003 and is based on PHP and MySQL. It offers users the necessary tools to create a fully functional website or blog with written content, videos, images, and more. WordPress also gives users the ability to install a mixture of pre-made and third-party themes to customize their website. These themes cater to all types of industries, from retail to hospitality. The platform itself is free, and in most cases, you can get the website up and running without a developer. It also comes with a vast array of plugins, most of which are free, that expand your site’s functionality, and is very SEO friendly, with the content organized so that search engines can read and index it easily.

Joomla

Joomla is the ideal CMS for businesses that need custom type posts. In other words, it’s a great option if you plan to run a website that will contain more than just text content. It also offers a variety of user management options, which make it ideal for membership-based sites.

Joomla offers a wide variety of extensions, many of which are free. However, unlike WordPress, many of the site’s basic functions can be configured on the back end without installing additional extensions. It also comes with options to enable 2FA and force SSL connections for your site, offering your users a secure browsing experience. Additionally, Joomla includes multilingual support, meaning you don’t need to use a plugin or extension to add more languages to your site.

Drupal

Designed for developers, Drupal can produce large websites with a large number of pages and articles. It is the platform of choice for enterprises and governments as it features modules with attractive customization options, multi-domain management, a multilingual translation system, and SEO capabilities. With this platform, you have a high degree of control over your users and their permissions. Additionally, it offers a powerful taxonomy system and boasts high-quality security. However, if you don’t have a high degree of development knowledge, you will need to hire a developer as Drupal requires technical knowledge to operate.

Typo3

Catering to enterprise-level websites, Typo3 allows you to run multiple sites from a single installation– you can even share data and tools among your websites. It offers robust security features, compliance tooling, and regular updates, and it can handle thousands of articles, videos, and other content. Typo3 gives you the ability to create multiple independent kinds of content on each page of your site separately. For example, you can create file links, forms, multimedia, and regular texts. Furthermore, it integrates with a variety of systems such as ERP systems or modules, reservation systems, analytical software, accounting programs, and many more.

ImpressPages

This CMS features a clean editor, a modern interface, and it provides elements that can be added without having to download an extension, like maps and forms. It is easy to use and offers a lot of customization options and features for increased site functionality. Additionally, it provides fifteen types of default content types, and it has an intuitive drag-and-drop builder, so almost anyone can use it regardless of their computing knowledge. It also offers video tutorials so users can learn how to improve their skills and create a more dynamic website. However, if you are a developer, you can write your own plugins and themes to suit your business’s needs.

Conclusion

The needs of your business will determine what CMS platform you choose. If you’re a large, enterprise-level business, then you will need the robustness and flexibility of a platform like Drupal or Typo3, but if you plan on doing most of the development work yourself, then a user-friendly CMS like WordPress or Joomla is the ideal choice. However, if you simply want to use a website as an online brochure for your business, you can use a more straightforward CMS like Impre


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by Dirk DeBie // Contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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