Why a Content Management System?
Having a website makes your company a publisher… even if you are not aware of it. It’s important for you to make sure that information you are putting out to the public is accurate and up to date. Without a system in place, how do you control exactly what pages and content exist on your website, and who is in charge of each page of content? How do you ensure consistency in the display of the website?
CMS platforms are out into place to accommodate these issues. First and foremost, a CMS makes your website: easier to use, less expensive to maintain and more secure.
Here are some more benefits of a CMS:
- A CMS allows content to be controlled by the people who own the content.
- Content can be added to the website more quickly and efficiently
- A CMS provides a wide range of functionality by default, functionality that would normally cost money to build from scratch
You should use a CMS because it allows your company to have complete control over its website without the need to pay excessive and recurring development fees for almost daily, routine website updates.
Joomla and Wordpress
Two of the most popular names in CMS are Jooma and WordPress. These two systems have grown and provide a similar experience to the end users. The choice between these two CMS options mainly comes down to what you plan to do and how you want to accomplish your tasks.
We are going to compare these two systems and look at their differences
When comparing the two, WordPress is seen to be more user friendly than Joomla. WordPress is quite easy to navigate and get used to as opposed to Joomla. This feature may be due to the numerous advanced features that Joomla has and thus it seems less user friendly, especially to first time users.
When it comes to flexibility, WordPress is the better option, mainly due to its back user easy to use console that allows for content management, especially for the publication of content on a site. Joomla is niche specific and has powerful individual features that will offer various users value. It is easier to target diverse market segments using Jooma than WordPress. If a quick stop blog is needed, the use of WordPress is recommended. Sites or blogs with advanced functionality should make use of Joomla at its built for such purposes.
If SEO is something you are interested in, the use of WordPress is one that will give value to you as it comes with an inbuilt SEO pack that allows the sites to rank high within a short time, depending on the content updating frequency.
When it comes to integration, Joomla offers clear integration advantages. Integration is especially made easy by Joomla when third party applications or software is needed to be linked up. WordPress scores poorly on integration, partly because of their focus that is a console that is easy to use.
Add-on development also gives Joomla a clear advantage over WordPress. It is important to note that the development of add-ons is possible for both WordPress and Joomla but there is a more powerful development environment in Joomla.
When it comes to overall administration, WordPress is better than Jooma. The administration panel in WordPress is quite easy to use and helps the new users learn the ropes fast.
Which is better? Joomla or WordPress?
Comparing the two systems, WordPress is better than Joomla if you are going to develop a website yourself. However, before you decide to do that, you need to ask if you have the knowledge and experience to design and develop a website that not looks good but also functions the way that your business requires. As we pointed out in previous chapters, a good website is crucial to the success of your online business. So hiring an expert, or a web design company to design and develop a website is an investment that is well worth having. These companies or professionals not only have the skills to design a great looking website but they also have the know-how to add-in almost any functions that you require. So if you choose the expert route, then Joomla is the better than WordPress as Joomla offers better integration capabilities and a more powerful development environment than WordPress.
e-Commerce site and Opencart
If you need to sell your products and services online and that your clients will need to make online payments, then you need an e-Commerce site. An e-commerce shopping car solution that is very popular and highly recommended is Opencart. Opencart has the following benefits:
- - highly customizable
- - designed feature rich
- - easy to use
- - search engine friendly
- - visually appealing interface
- - supports unlimited categories
- - supports unlimited products
- - supports unlimited manufacturers
- - supports multi currency
- - supports multi language
- - supports product reviews
- - supports product ratings
- - templatable
- - automatic image resize
- - 20+ payment gateways
- - 8+ shipping methods
If you hire an expert to design and develop an e-commerce site for you then you might want to consider a web design company or professional that offers Opencart as an e-commerce shopping cart solution.