Content Management Systems

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Every day we field questions about Content Management Systems (CMS) and which one is the best on the market. That answer depends on what you’re looking for in a CMS. Below, we’ve listed some of the most popular CMS platforms with a brief explanation and some pros and cons.

Magento

Both our Cloud and cPanel hosting environments are set up with database limitations to ensure a fair and balanced service for all our users. This can impact Magento’s performance ability as it relies heavily on database queries which craves memory.

As a result, Magento is better suited to a VPS solution, which offers no database limitations and gives the user access to the entire server environment’s resources. A VPS is your very own private, virtual server that allows you to build and manipulate the environment as you require, without having to worry about how others actions might affect your website.

To read more about the benefits of VPS, click here.

Wordpress

Wordpress is an easy to use CMS that has moved away from being just a popular blogging platform, now allowing users to use the CMS to build proper websites. It suits most hosting environments, sitting happily on both cPanel and Cloud hosting, however those users who plan to use an advanced theme and a large number of plugins are better off with Cloud. Wordpress is the easiest and most user-friendly of all the CMS and while the basic package is quite limited, it can easily be expanded

Drupal

Drupal is an open-source CMS, which means that the public can suggest and help create updates based on the experiences they have with the product. It requires PHP and a MySQL database, however it isn’t a memory heavy product so is suitable for shared hosting environments. It can be installed on Cloud or cPanel. Drupals is more technical than most CMS, however this means that it is capable of producing the most advanced websites.

Joomla

Joomla is very similar to Drupal, in that its open source, requires PHP and a MySQL database and while it isn’t traditionally memory heavy, can become so if you add on lots of modules and plugins. However, Joomla is more user-friendly than Drupal, striking a balance between the user-friendliness of Wordpress with some of the more complex tools that Drupal offers.

Concrete5

One of the newer CMS programs on the market, Concrete5, can hold its own next to the bigger players in most respects. While it has limited plugin options (most of which are paid plugins) and less themes available, it’s great for users with coding skills, as the ability to personalise and develop it are endless.

Externally hosted

The website builders below are externally hosted, which means you can’t download their files and host them elsewhere. For customers using these, we recommend buying a domain and then redirecting it to point at the webspace.

Wix

Wix is developed by a private team who closely control, monitor and test every plug in they release. It’s simple to use, however there are customisation limits because it’s specifically built for non-developers to use without any problems. It has a drag and drop editor, so you can see what your website will look like before you go live

Jimdo

Jimdo is an above-average e-commerce option that provides you with more than enough options in the free version that there’s no need for the paid one. However, their template options are limited and it isn’t a drag and drop CMS, which can be frustrating for beginners with no technical knowledge.

Blogger

Recognisable by the .blogspot.com that follows every username, popular blogging platform Blogger was bought by Google about ten years ago and up until 2010, allowed users to host their blogs elsewhere using FTP. After the changes, all blogs had to be moved back to Google’s servers with the ability to set up a custom domain using redirection. Blogger has come a long way from its original set up and Google has integrated the Google Toolbar with it. Hello

Bigcommerce

A popular ecommerce CMS, Bigcommerce recently underwent some major upgrades, most notably to their templates, which are proving a huge hit, although their range is still limited. The main downside of Bigcommerce is their limited hours of support.

Shopify

Shopify is a high quality ecommerce CMS that regularly garners positive reviews for its ease of use and ability to personalise the basic templates they offer. There are hundreds of templates available for use, many developed by outside developers.

Squarespace

Squarespace is developed by a private team who closely control their product and the add-on features they offer. It’s touted as easier to use than Wordpress and has a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) drag and drop editor so you can see what your website will look like as you edit it. The main downside of Squarespace is that your website must be hosted on their servers, which means you can only do a domain redirection.

Weebly

Weebly is one of the easiest website builders on the internet, allowing you to drag and drop content to wherever suits you on the page so that you can have a website built in a matter of minutes. It’s well ranked among its peers and has hundreds of templates to choose from. It has an ecommerce add on as well.

Note: The above listed CMS are only a general overview of the most popular options available today, however more pop up almost every day. Netregistry highly recommends researching and trialling any CMS before you commit to building your website.

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