Advantages & Disadvantages of Using a CMS for Building Your Website

What is CMS?

CMS stand for Content Managemnet System.  It is a web application which delivers all the essential tools to manage online content as well as users. In other words, it is more precisely, a server side software which can facilitates the creation and maintenance of websites.

There is a time when  before CMSs, people would made their websites with proper coding on their local computers and also used an FTP program to move those files to their webserver, and then these files would become accessible on websites.

The administrative area of CMSs feature allows users to upload or edit content as desired. This admin area is available through a web browser. It means that there will be no client software installation which is needed and also the need is for an internet connection to start working on website.

Famous Open Source of CMS Software:

Following are the famous Open source of CMS software:

  1. WordPress:

WordPress is a blogging platform more than a CMS. But, there are many plugins available like for over 17,000 plugins, which is changed into a CMS. WordPress also has a huge community for users which means it can support and documentation on nearly all features like installing, customizing, updating, using, managing, etc.It also has a fast learning curve and also maybe the best platform for learners.The main disadvantages of WordPress are: need for PHP, HTML&CSS knowledge for modifications, need to install an advanced features, security issues in themes and the installation of multiple plugins.

  1. Drupal:

Drupal is another popular open source and one of the most complete open source of CMSs which is presented and out of the rank in both WordPress and Joomla indifficulty. It is observed as a content management framework moderately than a CMS. It is also a great platform for creating eCommerce websites or any large projects where power, scalability and stability are the most important elements.The main feature of Drupal is include: SEO friendly, and mobile ready websites.The main disadvantages of Drupal are: steep learning curve, the absence of quality free plugins and theabsence of variety in theme.

  1. Joomla:

Joomla is a bit more difficult than WordPress, but less inclusive and advanced than Drupal. it is another famous open source platform with more than 3% of the web running on it.Joomla has high in ranking. It is easytouse content management systems.The main features in joomla are: it is an inclusive navigation system, users can successfully manage several grading and manage hundreds of pages of websites which can be easily done.

The main disadvantages of Joomla are not to much SEO friendly, huge server resource requirements, some plugin incompatibility issues and also less secure.

Advantages of CMS:

  • It has a Quick development and deployment time by speed up the process of a site that is developing.
  • The open source CMSs are free to download and install.
  • It offer advanced site functionality like forms, polls, quizzes, event calendars, etc
  • It is also a user friendly to create, update or modify content.
  • It also cheap in cost than a custom one.
  • It is easy in maintenance and updation. It means it is easy to maintain and update.
  • It offer huge development communities for open source CMSs;

Disadvantages of CMS:

  • It has some hidden operation which is used for improving the system.
  • It can put a load on your server resources.
  • It does not have some technical skillset requirements.
  • It can do a lot of harm to a website and lead to serious security vulnerabilities, if the CMS is unmaintained.
  • The direct support may not be easy to find, and you have may depend on user forums and existing documentation.

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