What CMS should I use for my website?

When starting a website or redesigning a website it can be difficult to decide what CMS (Content Management System) you should use, or if you even need a CMS. I have been a web developer for over 8 years and I have used dozens of different CMS solutions. In this article I will go over some of the more popular CMS solutions on the market today.

No CMS Needed?

You should ask yourself, do I need a CMS? There are many reasons to have a CMS, easy maintenance, support, no programming skills required. Are you a front end web developer? If you are or you don’t mind paying someone to update your website routinely then maybe you don’t need a CMS.

Problems with CMS solutions

You need to keep your CMS updated. Hackers and Malicious Bots look to gain control of websites. If your website uses a common CMS like WordPress and is out of date then you may have some security issues. If you don’t use a CMS, by default your website is probably more secure than if you use a common CMS.

The Joomla CMS

Joomla is a common CMS. I have used Joomla a few times and I found the backend to be unintuitive. Joomla does not have anywhere near as many free plugs and themes as WordPress. Also I have seen more Joomla website hacked than any other CMS. My opinion is simple, don’t use Joomla.

The WordPress CMS

As you have already read, I like WordPress over Joomla. Why? WordPress has thousands of plugins, themes, support, and a large community. WordPress is by far the most mature and robust free CMS on the market.

The backend of WordPress is easy to use. There are a few different areas, Posts, Pages, and Settings. There are a ton of YouTube tutorials on how to use, update, and maintain a WordPress website.

WordPress is not just for Blogs, there are hundreds of different plugins and themes that can transform a WordPress website into: a real estate website, car dealer website, an online store, a directory, the possibilities are nearly endless.

WordPress is not perfect, it does have security flaws. You need to keep WordPress updated. Hackers are always looking for hole and backend entrances to WordPress (the most popular CMS). If you do not keep your plugins, theme, and WordPress core version up to date, you maybe unknowingly inviting unwanted hackers to your website’s back door.

Every time I try a new CMS I keep going back to WordPress. So in conclusion after years of testing different CMS solutions, I would recommend using WordPress for most web projects.

What is your favorite CMS solution? Please leave a comment and let me know.