All the websites you see today are either created on WordPress, Drupal or Magento and are powered by Content Management System (CMS) to make them flexible and provide people with the ability to make and run their own website rather than depending on the developers.
The word “Entrepreneur” is doing the buzz for quite some time. Everyone wants to be their own boss and breaking through the barriers they accomplish their goals. These days, people are raking in 5 digits figure amount merely by blogging or rendering their service to the world just by sitting within the four walls. That’s something to cheer about, isn’t it? But the question is how they are able to achieve that? If you are either an entrepreneur or a blogger, you can too, walk the same path through web development.
No matter if you are a layman or aren’t familiar with the programming language, you can, too, develop a website without having to write a single line of code. If you want to have a robust website with minimal expense, then look no further than these options i.e WordPress, Drupal and Magento.
WordPress, Drupal and Magento all the three have great features, easy to use, customizable with strong security.
Ohh!!!! Wait, all of the CMS are free and open-source. Depending on your objectives and business requirements you can choose any of the platforms. Whether running simply a small business website or running a fully functional social network, you can do that with these platforms.
Digging Deeper, Let us get in-depth of these platforms.
Starting with the most popular Content Management System (CMS). If you want to create a website, then the platform you would be advised for to starting the development with is WordPress. It is free and open-source and has a huge developers communities.
Indubitably, WordPress is the most convenient CMS, though, it started out as a blogging platform but soon gained popularity. The features WordPress development offers to its users are just immeasurable. It has all the tools that are needed for developing a website
As you can clearly see that WordPress is, by far the most used CMS and others are not even close. More than one-third of the websites use it for infrastructure, thereby, making it popular.
Some astonishing facts about WordPress:
- As of April 2016, WordPress was used by more than 26.4% of the top 10 million websites.
- 75 million sites are powered by it.
- There are 37 million searches for keywords per month.
- It is one of the easiest blogging systems with over 60 million websites.
- It has more than 45,000 plugins.
- It operates over well-known sites like TechCrunch, CNN, The New Yorker, Forbes, SONY, MTV News to name a few.
What makes WordPress the most sought after platform for websites is the very fact that it has a pool of plugins to choose from i.e. you have to write a single code for the functionality. For example, if you are worried about the SEO of your website, then behold, you have Yoast SEO plugin that takes care of SEO also boosts the SEO capabilities of your site. You want to analyze the performance of your site before it’s too late, then you can with P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler). Similarly, there are plugins for a specific purpose and choose as per your requirement.
All these you can do without even writing a single line of code and it has a shallow learning curve means you can get familiar with the technicalities quickly. You can easily customize themes, make the outlook enchanting, in short, you can customize your site the way you want. However, its drawback is its security. Its popularity is also one of the major drawbacks as being the most popular it is also prone to hacking and other cyber attacks which limit its functionality.
Drupal is an open-source content management system and is a platform for developing websites. It is written in PHP and is a popular choice among global enterprises. Drupal is highly flexible with good backend support and has standard features like reliable performance, content authoring and strong security but its modules expand is the core functionality as it lets you build versatile and structured content and has control over hundreds of web pages efficiently, therefore, if you want to have an e-commerce site, then Drupal is the ideal choice also for creating integrated digital frameworks. It has thousands of add-on.
Drupal is the most technically advanced CMS, therefore, basic knowledge of PHP, HTML and other programming languages. People who are technical good can use it with ease.
You can integrate Drupal with other applications in your infrastructure and can enhance its functionality and performance. No other Content Management System is this scalable and powerful.
Sites on this platform: Disney, ConsumerSearch.com, harvard.edu, billboard.com, Canada’s National Hockey League(NHL) etc.
Magento is one of the powerful platforms and the fastest growing technology for e-commerce websites. Magento development provides a regalia of tools for creating robust and scalable websites. Like others, it is also open source and free with easy to customization and customer segmentation. It also has different developers communities that are spread across the globe. It allows applications to integrate with other apps across multiple devices to work efficiently and you can have an infinite number of additional modules for customizing portals.
Some of its functionality:
- Catalog complexity – Unrestrained catalog creation and product presentation options
- Platform functionality – Open source, flexible, custom application foundation
- User experience – Good, smooth navigation
- Development skill level – Basic knowledge of PHP.
It supports web template system that generate multiple similar-looking pages and customizes themes. You can easily customize the pages by adding or editing HTML, PHP, CSS code. One good point about Magento is that themes are interchangeable without the loss of content or affecting the layout of pages. It also has plugins to enhance its basic functionality. It allows users to integrate several different domain names into one control panel and manage multiple pages simultaneously from the single admin panel.