If you are new to the scene of eCommerce and want to build an online website on a Content Management System (CMS) then this blog measures the pros and cons of all the best CMS available for use to developers, marketers as well as agencies. Surely, there are literally thousands of open source CMS but only a few that have made a real image with the users. An open-source content management system allows developers to build a website on their servers and modify it to their own desires. A user normally prefers a CMS website which is user-friendly, attractive, creative and cost-effective. These characteristics, however highly sought, remain missing in most of the open-source CMSs except a few. These include :
WordPress or wordpress.org is one of the most famous content management systems built on PHP and MySQL. WordPress allows the user to access a plethora of attractive pre-installed themes. These power 60 million websites, 33.6% of which are in the top 10 million websites list. WordPress is suitable for blogging websites which deal in travel, lifestyle and other recreational areas. It is also a good platform to build news sites, and websites containing static content. WordPress can be used for eCommerce via the WooCommerce plugin.
WordPress has a famous five-minute installation process as it allows a new user to easily start a WordPress blog in a few minutes and that too without even using any professional skills. WordPress allows a clear cut user-interface through which users are able to easily create posts, pages and customize the appearance and theme of their page. It also offers 55,131 plugins to ease the website creation process or at least make it fun.
Since WordPress asserts a strong user community, it helps the user in easily finding assistance on incomprehensible facets of the website. You can also hire a professional CMS designing company that can help you set up your WordPress Website.
While most of WordPress is free, there are a significant amount of paid features that need to be unlocked by paying a cost. It is because WordPress relies on plugins and themes for customization, which are not always reliable or safe. Furthermore, the free ones are overused and new ones had to be unlocked in order to make your website stand out or you have to resort to coding in order to customize your website.
It also becomes quite expensive to keep your website up to date as numerous updates come out constantly. Also there are many vulnerabilities that the website has faced since 2007.
Joomla is an open-source management system that is free for website creation. It is mainly written in PHP but stores its data in MySQL. Joomla offers its users about 8,000 free and paid extensions through its official directory and other available sources. Joomla has been ranked as the second most used CMS after WordPress.
Joomla offers its users free templates and extensions to develop an attractive website design. It has built a trust relationship with its users which have garnered Joomla 2.5 million installations all over the globe. Joomla mainly known for its flexibility, unlike the rigid format of WordPress. And most important of all, it’s all free.
Joomla also has a wide and helpful community that provides its users with a clear and simple solution to their problems. Forums, mailing list, and live chat rooms are made available by Joomla in order to make for a smooth user-interface.
Joomla is however available with a limited number of templates that restricts the user to find the perfect extension and template for his or her website. Also, the extensions have to be found. downloaded and installed manually or through its URL as it doesn’t have the feature to browse extensions from the admin area.
Joomla’s installation process is not as smooth or hassle-free as WordPress but involves clicking on and customization of your site which makes it more complicated than WordPress.
Magento is an open-source CMS platform which is written in PHP. Owned by Varien, this CMS site was first published on March 31, 2008. Magento employs object-oriented programming and model–view–controller architecture to function effortlessly. It mainly uses the entity–attribute–value model to store all the data of the website built upon it.
Among the features of Magento, the best are the following:
- Reduced table locking problems,
- Enhanced page caching,
- Enterprise-grade scalability,
- Inbuilt rich snippets for structured data,
- New file structure with smoother customization,
- CSS Preprocessing with LESS & CSS URL resolver,
- Boosted performance and a more structured code base.
Magento mainly uses the MySQL database management system and the PHP programming language along with elements of the Zend Framework.
Despite its popularity, its user base is only limited to 159,158 websites. This is due to its many problems related to security vulnerabilities that rendered this platform as unsafe and unreliable. Adding to that is the notoriety concerning the company’s maltreatment of its employees as its former employees claim that they’ve been cheated out of nearly 7% to 10% of Magento, valued roughly around 18 million USD.
Drupal, like Joomla, is a free and open-source CMS that is written in PHP. Drupal provides a breathing space to at least 2.3% of all websites worldwide. It provides its users with a wide range of websites, from personal blogs to corporate, political, and government sites. The user base for Drupal is more than 1.37 million members
Drupal has more than 42,650 free modules can be extended and customized through Drupal functionality. Also over 2,750 free themes and at least 1,270, free distributions are available that can be customized.
The Drupal also contains the following basic features:
- User account registration and maintenance,
- Menu management,
- RSS feeds,
- Page layout customization,
- system administration.
Drupal also offers a sophisticated API for developers that require no programming skills.
Drupal does not easily allow change of the appearance and addition of a non-content element as compared to other platforms. In addition to that, it has some security issues that make the user question its reliability. Its setting up procedure is also a difficult thing to understand.
Wix is one of the leaders of drag and drops design in web design. As a CMS, Wix allows a combination of user-friendly publishing as well as advanced customization with the help of coding and programming.
Wix endorses a user friendly interface (called drag and drop) which allows the user to create and edit the website to hi or her desire without any hassle. Like mentioned above, Wix is for both beginners as well as professionals as it also allows the user to take the helm through coding and programming.
After the creation of the website, Wix allows the market to advertise on your website. You have to pay extra in order to remove third-party advertisements from your own site. Also, it is really difficult to perform SEO of a Wix site, risking the potential of your ranking and visibility even if your content is great.
Squarespace provides software for website building and hosting to its customers as it allows the use of pre-built website templates and drag and drop elements to create webpages.
The templates offered by Squarespace are attractive, very attractive. Also, Squarespace allows a user to build a mobile-friendly website with easy SEO procedures. If anything that is found tricky can be solved with the help of Squarespace’s 24/7 hour services.
Squarespace cannot be called cheap as it is highly expensive and promotes different payment plans that range from high to very high. Also, Squarespace does not support third-party apps and extensions which creates a lack of diversity within this CMS.