WordPress, Drupal, Joomla!, Concrete5: Which Should You Choose

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WordPress. Drupal. Joomla!. Concrete5

Open source. User-friendly. Customizable

These would best describe the popular open-source content management systems we have today.

For so many years, only tech people fluent in the languages of HTML, CSS, or Javascript could create a fully functional website. Thanks to technology, you don’t need to be an expert to build and customize one that meets your requirements. This is particularly true if you pick the right platform and you know what you want for your website.

Unless you have been living under a rock, I’m sure you will agree with me when I say that traditional coding has been replaced by user-friendly CMS platforms. The old-school concept of coding has been overshadowed by CMS.

Individuals and business owners are becoming independent with the help of these technologies. They can do the customization: change themes, add new pages, or edit the content of web pages whether they know how to code or not.

While it is true that these CMS are the most popular, does not mean that you should randomly choose one without some comparison. There is no one size fits all solution. One should not be pitted against the others either. There are functionalities that are distinctive and unique to each. And it is important to understand each feature to establish the best platform that fits you or your business.

Before you pick the right platform, you should establish first what you need. Are you a blogger who needs to share his content with the world? Are you looking to open an eCommerce site? Or a business owner who needs a corporate website?

Here is an overview of the most popular open source CMS platforms that will help you pick the best fit for you:

WordPress is a favorite among bloggers and novice users. In fact, it is the most popular open source CMS used by around 75 million websites worldwide.

It may have started as just a blogging platform. But through its powerful CMS backend and highly customizable templating system, it transformed into a complete website management platform. Its interface is simple and user-friendly. The dashboard is pretty straightforward making customization effortless. WordPress has thousands of free themes and plugins that are simple to self-install.

Since it is an open source, it is free. You can set up an account on WordPress.com or self-host. To self-host, it is best to buy and use a domain name and run it on a virtual machine (VM) host. Installing it is not rocket science and only needs a little time using their famous 5-minute install technology. When you order WordPress from Westlinks Online, it’s even easier because we do it all for you!

Its prevailing attribute is the community of users worldwide who are working on it and willing to share tips with fellow users.

Drupal is a more advanced CMS platform suitable for business websites with a large volume of traffic. It is known as the most secure open source CMS.

Like WordPress, Drupal is free. It also has an active developer community that creates free and paid themes and plugins and provides technical support to users.

Joomla! is designed for people with more coding knowledge who are building more professional and interactive websites. It is ideal for corporate and eCommerce websites.

Joomla! has the functionalities of a standard website and add-ons needed in a business website.  

Concrete5 bridges the gap between building and running a website. It is one thing to build a good site, it is another to run a great one. But so far, Concrete5 has done both. As the saying goes, with Concrete5 you get the best of both worlds.

Concrete5 is free and is open-source. It has a lot of themes and add-ons to help you get started. It is simple. Its point and click function make adding and/or editing a page on a website easy. The community of users is growing and will continue to grow as Concrete5 will be around for a long, long time.

So whether you want a simple blog or a complex website, there is an ideal CMS platform that fits for you. Here at Westlinks Online, it is a simple push of the button option. We install it on a VM server of your choice and configure your domain name to it (existing or new one). You will have your site set up and ready to go in just a few minutes.