What CMS should I use?

June 15, 2015
Impress Worldwide

The evaluation of the best Content Management System (CMS) to use for your website is usually a daunting task. The abundance of content management systems means that tough and informed choices have to be made in identifying the best CMS to work with depending on the website to be created.

Content management systems have evolved over time and they offer some of the very best features making it easy to publish content through an easy and flexible way to customize functionality. They have revolutionalized the making and final looks of websites

The use of content management systems in the development should be informed by the listed focal points. The points will be useful in determining of the CMS is able to match your needs dependent on the website to be made. Therefore, begin by having very good ideas of what the website is intended to do.

  1. The ease to understand and use through the presence of the Graphic User Interface (GUI) that simplifies administration and increases productivity.
  2. The CMS must be optimized for speed and performance in reference to browser loading speeds, and server connection speeds. A bulky and slow CMS will be annoying and drives away visitors.
  3. Elimination of the need to have programming knowledge. The CMS should have WYSIWYG editors to help addition and editing of content without need for code.
  4. Flexibility and ease of customization. It is best demonstrated by no obligation to use the design templates of a specific CMS.
  5. Extensibility. This is in reference to the ability to extend the default configuration through plugins, extensions and modules to enhance a website mainly based on a powerful API.
  6. Should have emphasis on web standards and practices to enhance cross browser compatibility and ease all maintenance activity.
  7. Adequate security should be provided your website and content. The CMS should provide modules to protect a website and which allows you to view and assign control to users.
  8. Finally, the CMS must documentation and community support. The chosen CMS must be well documented and popular to ease online referencing. Additionally, support from users of the CMS guarantees that the system will continue to be developed and improved.

A look at the three most popular and commonly used content management systems will highlight the advantages and disadvantages of using a chosen system over the other. It might as well help you form a good decision.


This is an easy and innovative CMS which can be adapted through the use of themes, plugins and widgets to create any type of website.


  • Requires very little technical experience simplifying installation and publishing of content
  • A large¬†number of tutorials and support available
  • Great extensibility through numerous free plugins and widgets
  • Lots of themes and template designs
  • Easy to manage with the WYSIWYG editor
  • Numerous resources and large support community
  • Ideal for blogging sites and news sites


  • Has a learning curve if you want to really customize your website
  • Difficulty in customizing core functionalities
  • May not support large and complex sites


This is yet another CMS hailed for combination of user friendly options and the developer oriented extensive capabilities.


  • Easy installation
  • Can create the fairly complex websites
  • Extensive social networking features
  • Caching provides easy page download capabilities
  • Supports a flexible structure and more content. Good for ecommerce sites and large sites.
  • Large support community of users and developers


  • Not as many free extensions and plugins as some of the other CMS's
  • Difficulty in customizing core functionalities


The CMS is a powerful developer friendly tool especially in the creation of powerful and complex websites.


  • Ability to create advanced websites
  • Highly regarded API
  • Solid and stable
  • Supports organization and categorization of complex content
  • Supports high load and high traffic


  • Requires extensive expertise and experience to use
  • Lack of number of plugins
  • Needs knowledge of code hence it has a big learning curve

In conclusion, all the three systems have indications for long-term sustainability and longevity. The support provided by the support communities for each of the CMS will continue to be readily available in the foreseeable future since it continues to grow. The ability to squeeze out more from any CMS will lie in the time and effort you are willing and able to invest in learning the system.

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