When creating a new website, it is important to choose the best platform on which to build your site. In the past, there were limits to how you could build a site requiring developers and huge expenses to develop a site that looked great, was relatively easy to update and was search engine friendly. Now, simply by using a CMS such as Joomla, Drupal or WordPress, you can easily create a site that looks good and doesn’t require a doctorate in coding to create. There are many benefits to using a CMS for your website.
1. Easy to maintain and update
In the not so distant past, in order to publish updates to a website, you had to familiar with the code of the website and it took time to manipulate that code with your new content. However, by using one of the big content management systems, anyone can update your site and the time required to update it has been reduced greatly. If you want multiple authors to have the ability to update your site for you, can easily assign the users with the appropriate permissions so they can update it for you without needing an extensive developer background.
2. Website content, structure and visual design separation
Before the introduction of the CMS, a website’s content, structure and visual design were all tied together in the code. Now, each part of the site has been broken apart so when you are using a CMS like Joomla, Drupal or WordPress, you can easily alter one part without changing the other.
3. Better security
Security has never been more important on the Internet as it is today. You want to be able to protect both your site’s users and your sites content from hackers that would seek to damage or steal information. All of the systems have built in security and many can even be enhanced to provide a safe place for your users and your content.
4. Search engine friendly
No matter how good your content is, if no one can find it on the web it isn’t of much use. All of the content management systems are very search engine friendly and, with plugins, will even allow you to submit them straight to the big players so you are sure your site gets indexed. WordPress and Drupal are particularly good at this and while Joomla will do it, it may require a little more work on your part.
5. Design elements can be enforced
Maintaining a consistent look across your site can be difficult especially if multiple authors publish to your site. However, by using a CMS you can strictly enforce design elements such as fonts, text sizes, image sizes, etc. This will give your site a more consistent look and allow you to fully brand your site as well.
6. Plugins and support
While the core installation of WordPress, Joomla or Drupal offer a wide range of tools and are designed to work right out of the box, there is almost always a need for a little customization work on your site. In many cases, you can simply install a plugin or module made by the community that will enhance your CMS giving you much more flexibility and control. Many of the plugins are offered for free so it won’t cost you anything to setup the perfect installation of your CMS for your needs.
In the rare cases that you must alter the code of your installation yourself, there are pages upon pages of manuals and documentation for you to read and many forums that allow you to ask questions to help you accomplish your goals without damaging your CMS in the process.
Using of the big content management systems like Joomla, WordPress or Drupal will make creating and then maintaining your site much easier and can be done for the fraction of the cost. These systems are easy to manage and update and make it convenient for virtually anybody in your organization to update and maintain each day so you can be sure your site is always up to date and your content is accurate.