Not just business owners and bloggers, but even web developers and designers often find it difficult to choose a Content Management System (CMS) for a particular project. As an experienced website design company in Sri Lanka, RG Web Design Sri Lanka constantly encourages its team to learn new CMSs and to understand the effectiveness of these in terms of performance, design and user-friendliness.
We believe in creating websites which can easily be managed by business owners. Additionally, they should be able to understand analytics and even identify areas where they may require changes to improve customer experience. In this article, we will approach the question of choosing a CMS from the customer point of view, keeping small and medium businesses and bloggers in mind.
A CMS is a software system which is ideally meant to offer its users the ability of designing, developing and managing their websites with relative ease. Here’s an introduction to the three CMS before we deep dive into their abilities to compare which one is the best.
WordPress is currently rated as the top CMS with big brand like Forbes, Reuters and UPS using it. Popular celebs like Katy Perry and Jay Z have their websites on WordPress too. It currently claims a 60.8% CMS market share, according to W3Tech.
Joomla, with a 5.1% CMS market share, is also an open-source, free software like WordPress based on PHP and MySQL. It is the youngest of the three CMS and has gained a considerable fan-following of its own with a strong online community.
Drupal has a 3.3% CMS market share. It is mostly used for enterprise websites and big organizations who want to ensure scalability. Drupal is also the oldest of the three CMS. It has an organized community and is considered popular among professional web developers.
Let us now look at the various factors that a website owner considers and where WordPress, Joomla and Drupal stand when it comes to catering towards these needs.
An important consideration at the time of choosing a CMS is the cost incurred for building the website as well as the cost of running it effectively. Since websites will undergo regular updates and changes, it is important to look at the expenses of managing the website on a particular CMS in the long run. All three are free open source software systems.
WordPress has an expansive list of themes, templates and plugins. Many of these are free and can get you started on a basic website very easily. For better functionality of your website you may have to pay for plugins or buy a theme. On WordPress, even building a website yourself is relatively easy. But if you are looking at a complex web design then professional help will be required.
Joomla also has a lot of free stuff and the expenses of setting up and managing a website on Joomla is somewhat similar to that of WordPress. If you are looking at premium templates and plugins, then you will end up paying for these. Most of the professional web developers in Sri Lanka charge the same prices for WordPress and Joomla