Find the right Content Management System for you

You know you need a website. And you know you want to put things on your website. So, once you buy your web hosting, you face a whole new issue — how do you put things on your website?

Back when I started building websites, there wasn’t really much of a choice — you picked up a little bit of HTML, usually from looking at the source code of other websites, and hoped for the best. But, now, there are plenty of Content Management Systems (CMS) to choose from, many of which are available as a one-click installation from your website control panel. To narrow it down, I looked at W3Tech’s usage statistics and market share for content management systems, taking out the ones we don’t provide, and ones that are mostly for e-commerce.

(I reviewed some of the e-commerce platforms we have in a previous article, which includes PrestaShop, OpenCart, and Magento.)

So whether you’re starting up a blog, building a site for your business, or just want a site where you can easily put up pictures and stories about your pets, here are a few content management systems available here at Eco Web Hosting.

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WordPress

Honestly, what can be said about WordPress that hasn’t been said already? It powers 43% of websites on the Internet and over 64% of sites that use a CMS. You can have a site up and running within minutes, there are nearly 5,000 themes (and that’s just the free ones available on WordPress.org), nearly 60,000 plugins to make your site do practically anything, and it’s used by such big names as TechCrunch, Vogue, and Snoop Dogg.

While being this popular makes it a breeze to run, especially since there are so many tutorials, plugins, and reference sites to help you build your site just as you want it (and we have an entire WordPress section here on the blog), it does also mean that it’s a ripe target for hackers and scammers. After all, if everyone’s using it, there are good odds that they’ll find a site that’s ready to be exploited. So take regular backups (something you should be doing anyway), make sure you have good security practices, and consider a security plugin for even more protection.

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Joomla!

Joomla! is the second-biggest open-source CMS at the moment, but the massive change from 64% to 2.5% really does say something about what a juggernaut WordPress is on the market. While you can use it right out of the box, it tends to be used by experienced website owners, who know exactly what they want and know how to tweak things to match their needs. But with nearly 6,000 extensions, you can find what you need to make Joomla! meet your needs, and it’s used by the National Crime Agency, the Denmark Nintendo site, and Roger Federer.

Because it doesn’t have as many extensions as WordPress, and really does require a bit of developer knowledge in order to make it work perfectly, it might be a bit advanced for someone just starting out. If you decide to use it, you might need to budget to bring in a bit of developer expertise.

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Drupal

Drupal is closely tied to Joomla! in terms of usage, and is a popular content management system with universities and governments around the world, as proven by users such as Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the City of Los Angeles, but also lends itself well to creativity, as proven by Lady Gaga’s site. It’s very flexible when it comes to content, giving you plenty of options to best display your content, and has over 48,000 modules and 3,000 themes to give you even more versatility.

However, Drupal is also not very beginner-friendly, and it can be difficult to figure out how to best customise your site to match your needs. You may need to budget for a theme designer or a developer to help you turn your site into what you need. But if you can get it working, you’ll have a sturdy and reliable site.

Website Builder

Our website builder isn’t under our one-click installers, but it does give you a fast way to have a website. You can find it in Web Files in your control panel, next to Backup/Restore.

Screenshot of the Web Files section of the Stack Control Panel, which has Web Builder in it.

With it, you can choose from over 35 pre-designed templates, and then add your own text and pictures to a pre-built website. You can also add new pages, remove pages, and fill them with everything you need to run your own website. This is a good option if you don’t want to spend any time tinkering with design or complicated details, but it does produce a very generic-looking website, and you may find it difficult to make major changes in the future.

So those are just a few of the content management systems available here at Eco Web Hosting. If you’re not sure which would work best for you, why not talk to us? And if you have a different favourite, let us know on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram!