Even though you may not have any interest in building your own website, understanding what content management systems (CMS) do should still be at the top of your “What I Need to Know” list.
Because your website should not be static.
Content will be added. Content will be changed. Content will be removed. There are also security and plug-in updates, as well as other technical maintenance that will have to be performed from time to time. Your CMS will influence how quickly and how easily those tasks happen.
If you do a quick internet search you’ll discover there are literally HUNDREDS of CMS platforms out there. There are also lots of knowledgeable people out there – THANK YOU THANK YOU – willing to share their technical expertise so you don’t have to research them all. More than one article I found placed WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal at the top of their recommended list.
Nitish Tiwari, a software developer, tech author, and contributor to opensource.com compared all three CMS platforms in his article, 3 open source content management systems compared. His comparisons were based on installation time and complexity, plugin and theme availability, ease of use, and customization and upgrades.
Overall, in terms of technical simplicity, WordPress has a clear edge over Joomla and Drupal. Installation is quick and easy, the number of themes and plugins is considerably higher, the interface is simple and uses language that is easy to understand, and when it’s time to update WordPress alerts and provides an “update now” button so it’s click and done! Tiwari did note that Joomla and Drupal allow you to manage a site to a greater extent because they provide lots of settings and controls to work with.
If I were recommending a CMS to a small business with limited technical skills and a need to get up and running quickly, I would have to say WordPress is the way to go. For someone who’s curious and looking to have a little fun combined with some learning along the way…Joomla sounds really interesting.
For a really nice visual comparing WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla, be sure to check out The 2017 Beasts of CMS infographic below from makeawebsitehub.com.