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Which is the best CMS to build a website?
Best CMS to Build a Website

 12:33 pm on May 8, 2014 (gmt 0)

Please suggest me, which one is the best cms to build a website?



 1:20 pm on May 8, 2014 (gmt 0)

Hi Zaria, and welcome to the Forums.

That depends on your skills and resources and objectives. There is no "Best" for every type of site or webmaster or hosting environment.

You need to consider the type of site you want to end up with, whether the purpose is sharing information or e-commerce or having discussions or any number of other purposes. Then find the right tools to fit your level of involvement. That is, do you plan to build and maintain it yourself or pay others to do all or parts of it for you?

If you can spell out your goals and skills it is easier for people to suggest things that you might use.


 2:47 pm on May 8, 2014 (gmt 0)

Wordpress is "favored" by Google.

Joomla has rotten SEF control and most extensions are commercial and expensive.

Drupal has great SEF control but hard learning curve...

So I would recommend Wordpress


 6:59 pm on May 9, 2014 (gmt 0)

No one CMS is best. Some people who know all the three recommended by Oimachi2 say they prefer Sitecore... which costs over $100,000 for a site license... most of us don't think that sounds like a good deal.

Anyway, we have links to a lot of "best" discussions here:

Sadly, there are a lot of great "new" CMS with very little traction, so they don't get mentioned often, but one of them might be "best" for you. I'm thinking ModX, Silverstripe, Concrete5, Expression Engine, Perch... and many others both free and paid.


 9:52 pm on May 9, 2014 (gmt 0)

Welcome aboard Zaria. Perhaps you might be able to tell us a bit more about your needs or how you'd like to use the CMS? Do you have any particular functionality requirements you can define for us?


 1:21 am on May 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

To some extent you're begging the question, aren't you? The preliminary question should be: Are my needs best met by
--hardcoded html
--individual php-or-equivalent
--custom-made CMS
--established CMS

Those are points on a continuum, not discrete alternatives. If-and-only-if you decide that an existing CMS is the best option, THEN you start looking at the various makes and models.


 3:51 am on May 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

And of course you forgot option #1 which is often the best choice of all:

-- no website at all


 5:05 am on May 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

Heh, so I was begging the question too. The first question is: Do I need a website?


 8:58 am on May 12, 2014 (gmt 0)

Hi zaria. I can understand why someone would choose WP for a small site and it's probably a little easier to administrate than Joomla. But I've always preferred Joomla to WP or other CMS, mostly because I've used it more. Joomla is very good, there's a lot of great free and commercial extensions available, pretty steap learning curve for an administrator though. Drupal is also a great platform to create complex sites, but I'm not a fan of it just because I don't wanna learn another system. Joomla meets all my current requirements. I don't think there's a "best one" of them.... it depends on your goal and technical expertise. There are some useful resources which can help you have a right choice when choosing your needed CMS. I recommend two pages providing a comparison chart of WordPress, Joomla and Drupal: [rackspace.com ]. Both present the information in an easy-to-understand format. The best recommendation I can give you is to do some good research on other available products so that when you made your final decision you can stick to it and don't have to change the whole system after some time because this then can get time consuming and causes additional costs. A full list of these programs is available at [en.wikipedia.org ]. But the most popular ones are presented on [simplescripts.com ]. Platforms on SimpleScripts are categorized and this helps you make your decision more easily.

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 8:46 am on Jun 18, 2014 (gmt 0)

Wordpress and Joomla work good for almost all the websites. They contain a lot of effective plugins too.


 3:49 am on Jul 13, 2014 (gmt 0)

which one is the best cms to build a website?
@emaderam - thanks for the reference to the top 3 comparison : [rackspace.com...] - a great overview.

But folks needs to be able to drill in a lot deeper and that's where it can get confronting.

It's a deeply complex question I think, because it comes from, simply, what do you want a CMS to do and what can the system accommodate and can you trust the people you engage do it and guide you. And then, of course you are limited by your own knowledge and familiarity with the scale of your objectives.

Personally, I think there should be a thread out there that says " what do you want your CMS to do - Mom and Pop to Enterprise Sites." Then a checklist of what each can and can't do well.

Can anyone reference any authority articles something along these lines?

As a business owner, the temptation is to gravitate towards the 3 majors, Drupal , Joomla and Wordpress because they are widely supported by large communities with a knowledge base and globally competitive rates. But I'm not sure this is 100% wise.

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