Do you want to create a new website, but don’t know which open source CMS to use? Just what are the benefits of an open source CMS, and which would be best for you? Our experts do their best to answer these questions, and discuss some of the differences between Drupal and WordPress. We can also help you with your next website.
Benefits of an open source CMS
So why should you choose an open source CMS (Content Management System)? Firstly, an open source CMS allows anyone to be a developer, as well as a user. Because the source code is freely available – unlike most commercial software – users can make modifications themselves. This means that popular systems develop rapidly, providing more and more features. There are also many “off-the-shelf” themes available, many of which you can use on almost any type of device (mobile, tablet or desktop).
Open source CMS software is usually free, there are no license costs. But this doesn’t mean there are no costs associated if you use an open source CMS. You may need to pay for hosting or maintaining the CMS, as well as for designing your website. Maintaining and hosting a website, or the custom development of so-called plug-ins are commercial services, provided by companies such as BSL.
Most open source CMS’s are designed in such a way that your site will be easy to find using Google or Bing. However, we can advise you on using “plug-ins” that make this even easier. Such plug-ins will help you to fine-tune the site contents, for optimum results!
Another benefit if you use a popular CMS such as Drupal or WordPress is that it gives you greater independence. You can easily move to another web developer if you wish.
Summarizing, an open source CMS will work with almost any browser, and help you reduce your costs. You’ll be flexible and your site will be easier to find.
Open source CMS differences: Drupal vs. WordPress
Both Drupal and WordPress are reliable open source CMS’s. Each with their own benefits. Both types of CMS have the same loading speed, options for search engine optimization (SEO), and a similar look-and-feel. But there are a number of differences as well. WordPress was originally created as a blog system. It was designed so bloggers could place articles online quickly and easily, without needing web design experience. Which means WordPress is extremely user-friendly. You can use WordPress to create fast, attractive, responsive websites with a minimum of effort.
By contrast, Drupal is more complicated – users require some training to make the most of the many options and settings available. With Drupal, it’s easy for you to define different types of user, each managing different parts of the website. This makes it ideal for developing corporate websites. Different users can maintain their own information, without affecting other users, or other parts of the site.
In the next paragraph, we explain how to decide which open source CMS would work best for your company.
Which open source CMS is best suited to your company?
Whether you choose Drupal and WordPress depends on your aim. Do you want to carry on optimizing your website in future, without any restrictions? Then Drupal gives you more flexibility: it’s accessible for editors with different roles. You can easily expand a Drupal website, and multiple users can independently maintain the website contents. Small differences can make all the difference to your findability, and the commercial performance of your site. Therefore the flexibility offered by Drupal is an important point for clients to consider. Drupal is ideal for extensive corporate websites. Sites with a client portal for instance, or an online magazine where forms / downloads can be added. What’s more, Drupal is a better choice if your website consists of many different segments that need to be managed by different teams.
But what if you want a simple web site, where the focus is on offering content quickly and easily? Then we’d suggest that you use WordPress. Its user-friendliness makes it ideal for a promotional website, or for blogging. And WordPress is generally easier to use if you want your website to work well on all types of browser.
BSL will be pleased to help you further
Would you like personal advice? Our experienced website developers and designers will be pleased to help you choose the perfect open source CMS. We’re equally at home using WordPress or Drupal. We can quickly design and deliver your website using either. And if you have any specific requirements, BSL can develop custom modules and plug-ins. We can also create prototypes, so you can see how your site will look before committing to the full project. What’s more: If you\re quick off the mark, and your project starts before 31st March, new clients can claim a 15% discount. So get in touch!