Lesson 11: What is CMS and how to choose one

A CMS (Content Management System) is a software that helps to create, edit and modify content on a website. The great example of a CMS is WordPress. More than 30% of websites all over the world are built with this system. However, there are other noteworthy CMS such as Joomla, Drupal, etc.

Which CMS is better to choose? 

As I mentioned above, there are 3 the most popular CMS in the world: WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. All of them are free. Let’s analyze each of these platforms.

  1. WordPress
CMS/WordPress

An example of a website powered by WordPress/https://javatraveller.co.id/

WordPress has the easy-to-use interface and a wide range of free extensions. There are a lot of well-known websites that use this CMS, for example, Android Authority and TechCrunch. If you are curious about CMS of any site, you can check it by yourself. Use https://www.isitwp.com/  or https://www.wappalyzer.com//.

Benefits of WordPress:

  • Over 50,000 plugins for different purposes;
  • Search Engine Optimized;
  • Available in more than 70 languages;
  • Thousands of themes;
  • Easy Installation.

2. Joomla

CMS/Joomla

An example of a website powered by Joomla/https://www.enjoysxm.com/

Joomla is the second most common CMS in the world. It is more complex than a WordPress so it’s not the best choice for beginners. Although, if you have an eagerness to learn and enough time, Joomla can be a perfect solution for you. 

Benefits of Joomla

  • More than 8,000 extensions;
  • Search Engine Optimized;
  • Over 70 languages;
  • Thousands of templates;
  • Easy to extend and customize.

3. Drupal

CMS/Drupal

An example of a website powered by Drupal/https://www.enjoysxm.com/

Drupal isn’t so easy as WordPress or Joomla, but you can create a real masterpiece using this CMS. You have to be familiar with HTML, CSS, and PHP. 

Benefits of Drupal

  • Thousands of free modules;
  • SEO-friendly;
  • 100 languages;
  • More than 2,500 themes;
  • Extensive API support.

As for me, I am sure than WordPress is the best CMS for beginners. It is free to download, install, and modify to match your needs. Moreover, you can easily change colors, the background and other things without writing any code. With WordPress, you can create a website in a matter of minutes. 

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