A CMS is a web-based application that simplifies the management of a website. In addition to making it easy for non-technical employees to create, edit and remove content, a CMS will:
- Create navigation elements automatically
- Create an index of the content, making it searchable
- Track users’ security settings and permissions
- Add plugins/functionality to their site
- Manage an online store
This is just a short overview of what a CMS can do for your website.
If you are using an old fashion HTML based website, or are relying on an outdated platform someone developed for you 10 years ago, it might be a good idea to consider migrating to one of the popular CMS platforms. This will ensure that you website is keeping up to date going forward, and will most likely provide better user experience to your visitors. Keep in mind that if you are hesitant about the process, you can ask your developer to maintain the exact same look and content as your existing (old) website, on the new CMS. We found that this process often makes business owners more comfortable as a first stage of a migration.
Types of Popular CMS
WordPress is used around the world to manage websites large and small. A free CMS, it focuses on usability, security standards and aesthetics. Initially WordPress was a simple blogging platform, but now it supports websites of many large companies. If your company’s website has multiple users, RSS syndication, comments, many categories or several APIs, then WordPress is a suitable CMS.
Magento Opensource Edition
Magento Opensource Edition is the free open source version of Magento’s platform started back in 2008. Available for everyone to download, install and extend, users are welcome to make adjustments to the software to meet their needs, but development knowledge is required.
Joomla is an open-source CMS that is also free. Like WordPress, Joomla is used by small websites and large companies. With Joomla, installation is simple, content management is easy and site maintenance uncomplicated. Joomla is a reliable, stable alternative for those looking for something other than WordPress.
Drupal is also suited for all types of websites, thanks to its many features and different configurations. Like Joomla, Drupal is an open-source CMS. Although a smaller portion (about two percent) of websites use Drupal, it is used for everything from personal blogs to government websites – including data.gove.uk and whitehouse.gov.
Shopify is a complete CMS designed for ecommerce that allows you to set up an online store quickly and start selling your products. It lets you upload and manage your products, design your storefront, receive payments, manage orders, all with a few clicks of the mouse.
Magento Commerce Edition
Magento’s Commerce Edition is much more than a licensed edition of Magento OpenSource. Although built on the same code stack, the Magento Commerce platform is more suitable for use by larger companies with large volume of traffic, lots of products, or overall greater website complexity. The Commerce version also includes Magento Technical Support, and Magento Dedicated Account Management.
Wix.com is a cloud-based CMS platform that hosts your site on their own platform. It allows users to create HTML5 sites with a drag and drop interface. Users may add almost anything else the other CMS offer like social plug-ins, e-commerce, contact forms, e-mail marketing, and much more to their sites using a wither Wix-developed or third-party applications. Although Wix is built on a freemium business model, it does charge premium for upgrades. You must purchase a package in order to connect their sites to your own domain, remove Wix ads, add e-commerce capabilities, or increase your data storage and bandwidth. SO basically the freemium is pretty much irrelevant for actual businesses.
There are many more CMS platforms out there but these are the most popular ones.