Back in the olden days websites just used to be built or coded by hand. Then applications like Microsoft Frontpage and Macromedia Dreamweaver (now Adobe Dreamweaver) came along which allowed anyone to be able to create a website.

Unfortunatly applications such as Frontpage didn’t help in people being able to create a quality website, and coding by hand in HTML up until a few years ago was still the best way to go to make an attractive looking website.

The problem is that its a pain in the arse to update. For example, if you just want to add an extra page, you would have to alter all the pages to add that additional page.

Since then we have been hit with the content management system revolution.

The idea of a content management system is to provide the user with a frontend to the website (the way it looks to the visitors) and also a backend (for admins and contributors only) to add and edit the content.

The cool thing is that you can add or edit your website from any machine, from anywhere in the world and all you need is regular access to the internet. You can also have a blog with comments, which helps bring traffic to your website and its easy to upload and edit images and content on the site.

So to make it easier to make the choice on what website content management system to go with a have formulated a brief summary of the differences in CMS’s.

 

WordPress

Verdict:
Very powerful and versatile but may require someone to help with setup (e.g. we can do this!)
Almost anything can be made with WordPress. Requires coding to get good result.
Pros:

  • Incredible flexibility, thousands of plugins, good seo.
  • Can be customised to do almost anything.
  • Thousands of themes to choose from.
  • Excellent for blogging.
  • Can be updated off any machine as long as internet access is available.
  • Free system for websites.

Cons:

  • More difficult setup.
  • Themes are usually at a price, although many are inexpensive.
  • More complicated to edit content
  • HTML / CSS knowledge required for professional looking result.
  • Required MySQL database with web host

Weebly

Verdict:
Best for simple websites, that need regular updating.
Good for users who are not quite so tech savvy.

Pros:

  • Free for website design.
  • Easy to use.
  • Many templates to choose from.
  • Can be updated off any machine, as long as internet access is available.

Cons:

  • Difficult to customise.
  • Has Weebly branding unless you pay for pro version.
  • No where near as many templates to choose from as WordPress.
  • Does not have range of plugins like wordpress.
  • No drop down menus.

iWeb

Verdict:
Easy to use program. Easy to update. Not a very professional result for todays standards and cannot be customised beyond template suggestions. Not very powerful SEO.
Weebly is a better choice but still not as powerful as WordPress.

Pros:

  • Free on any Mac
  • Easy to use.
  • Easy to update

Cons:

  • Cannot be customised beyond template design.
  • Not very good SEO controls.
  • Limited customisation and very basic appearance.
  • Can only be used off computer that it is setup on.
  • Does not have range of plugins like wordpress.
  • No drop down menus.

Static HTML

Verdict:
Requires coding, anything can be done. Irritating and time consuming to update. Limited unless setup with sql database. All SEO needs to be coded by hand.

Pros:

  • Very versatile, almost anything can be built with a static IP.

Cons:

  • Very time consuming.
  • Tedious to update.
  • HTML / CSS knowledge required.
  • Many plugins can be added with jquery, but coding skills are required for embedding.

Tumblr

Verdict:
Great for a simple blog. Not so good for a proper, versatile website.

Pros:

  • Easy to update.
  • Free
  • Great for blog.

Cons:

  • Cannot be used to make separate static pages.
  • Does not have range of plugins like wordpress.
  • Cannot be customised like wordpress.

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  • http://pcsoftwaresfreedownload.com/ Mary Green

    I like the helpful infoormation

  • https://www.skillshare.com/browse/design Corey Cureton

    I agree information is really good but all of those platform i still choose wordpress as this is the platform i used from being a blogger to a web designer.