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Wordpress: A good CMS for content driven websites


Wordpress is a PHP and MySQL based free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS). Because of its well-designed back end and wide availability of excellent themes, Wordpress is the first choice amongst the designers. Over 60 million websites worldwide are powered by Wordpress and is undoubtedly the most popular blogging tool on the web. It is easy to use and simple to setup. Storing content in a database is an awesome advantage of Wordpress. According to W3Techs, almost 55% of the 1 million most visited websites that are run on a content management system (CMS) are run on Wordpress.

The Power behind Wordpress CMS?

In contrast to Joomla and Drupal, Wordpress CMS was designed to solve a problem. It had a target audience (bloggers) and was pretty much successful for developers from day one. Wordpress is an amazing blogging software and a lot of bloggers use Wordpress. It began as an innovative and easy-to-use blogging platform. With ever-increasing themes, plug-ins and widgets, WordPress CMS started to get widely used for other website formats also.

Wordpress undeniably is a user friendly CMS with a little help of a couple of plug-ins. Adding new pages and to order them, even for a non technical person, is the blinking feature of Wordpress. Installation and configuration is very fast with Wordpress. When there is need for an extra functionality, you can easily search the plug-in database and most of them are free, easy and simple to setup. Also, Wordpress CMS platform is easily scalable and upgradable to higher version of software whenever available.

As it is developed as a tool to create content, Sites built on Wordpress has good indexes. Wordpress is the perfect tool for building dynamic websites and you're done by just installing, configuring, adding the right plug-ins, adding theme and writing content. From a developer's perspective it is incredibly extensible and for the end user it is very easy.

We can easily post descriptions and blogs using WYSIWYG in Wordpress. We need to add a title by formatting the text with the desired font/tag, select category and publish. And we're done. Wordpress is the King in terms of extensibility as there are Woo Themes, Theme Forest that provide great extensions.

It is ideal for fairly simple web sites, such as blogging and news sites; and for an easy-to-manage site. And the add-ons make it easy to expand the functionality of the site.

WordPress Vs Joomla Vs Drupal - Which CMS should be your choice?

Generally the choice of a Content Management System (CMS) mainly depends on the typical needs that need to be fulfilled in a website. Different CMS platforms handle content management in a different way. Some of the popular CMS platforms like Joomla have huge number of plug-ins contributed by the open source community which makes it quite suitable for businesses to host their informative websites. There are a lot of collaborative features like Event Calendar, News Letter Management that come handy within Joomla that makes it easy to extend.

However if the websites are mainly content driven and needs easy content management then WordPress probably will be most preferred choice as it is theme, template driven and a whole lot of customization can be simply made possible using Widgets and Plug-ins. Normally blogging websites (where posting and management of posts should be made easier for the users), publishing websites (where lot of content is driven on a regular basis by different users). In case your website also needs to be highly secured apart from managing content then probably Drupal should be your preferred choice as Drupal handles User Management, Role Management and access management very well.

Based on Google Insight, Wordpress is the winner as it has been one of the favorite CMS of Developers, Designers, and Business Owners. The important thing here is that the job of content management systems is to perform a job which is to manage content. Wordpress does this very well and more often than Joomla and Drupal. Wordpress undoubtedly runs more websites than any of its competitors.

 


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