A content management system: abbreviated better known as CMS. With a content management system, you can easily manage a website without any or even no knowledge of code or technology. You simply add your text and images and the website formats the page, text, and images using templates. That also works very efficiently and quickly!
A content management system is certainly a must-have for your successful website these days. It saves you a lot of time and effort and gives you a lot of management options. But… which one do you choose?! To make it easier for you, we have listed the 3 best content management systems for you below. Then you know exactly which one to choose!
Number 1: WordPress content management system
WordPress is arguably the most popular content management system at the moment. And that has been WordPress for several years now! Both novice and advanced can easily get started with WordPress. Originally, WordPress started as a blogging system. Over the years, however, it has grown into an all-in website CMS system with which you can not only blog but also fill pages and even manage an entire webshop!
WordPress uses so-called themes. These themes are the design of your website. WordPress has a library of themes that you can use for free. However, these do not always offer you all the possibilities and you are always stuck at the boundaries of this theme. In addition to the free themes, you can choose a Premium theme (for a fee, of course) or hire a company to have a custom WordPress website made.
WordPress is a so-called open-source CMS system. This means it is free for anyone to use. As long as you share any improvements you make to the system with all other users of the platform. So very useful for you!
The downside of WordPress is security. Over the years, there have been many specific hacking attacks on WordPress installations that were poorly secured. That is why it is important to always keep your WordPress website up-to-date and to work with extra security measures including secure web hosting. Also, WordPress can become slow when it runs on a bad web hosting environment. So keep this in mind when making your choice!
Number 2: Drupal CMS system
Drupal was one of the most popular content management systems before the advent of WordPress. Drupal works in a completely different way from WordPress, for example. With Drupal, you do not use templates, but a page is built with modules that together form one page.
Drupal is free and is mainly used by companies or magazines, for example. Drupal can therefore still be widely used for various types of websites.
Last but not least: Joomla CMS System
Joomla has long been considered the easiest and most popular CMS system. Although Joomla is not as easy to use like WordPress or Drupal, for example, it has regained a lot of popularity over the years. In the initial phase of Joomla, the functions were not always clear and it was certainly not always reserved for people with little or no knowledge of technology. Fortunately, various usability updates have improved this.
What is more important next to a CMC system? A domain name that is relevant for your business
You need to decide what the name of your website is going to be. The domain name (or internet address/URL), needs to show what business your company is in. Let’s take a website that sells carnival clothes (Dutch: carnavalskleding). This domain name shows exactly what kind of products you can buy. This website also has clothes for every national holiday and theme parties such as Christmas dresses (Dutch: kerstjurk), 90s clothes, animal suits, and many more.
All 3 content management systems from this list have their pros and cons. Think before you make a choice that would help you the most. For example, do you want to use the endless functions of WordPress or do you go more for a business CMS such as Joomla or Drupal? For example, do you want to blog or start a webshop? Then WordPress is the best choice for you. If you want to set up a business website with many forms, Drupal, for example, maybe the better choice.