Choosing a site management engine: which is better
Choosing the right engine for a website is an extremely important task, since it is the CMS that is responsible for the stable operation of the resource, for the ease of managing it, for the ability to easily add new content to the site, install certain modules and so on.
There are many different engines, and each of them is effective in its own way and has its own characteristics, useful in certain cases. Before we examine these cases in more detail and those engines that will be optimal for each of them, let’s talk about the cost and hosting that you will have to reckon with when choosing an engine.
Cost of CMS: pay or not?
Platforms designed to manage Internet resources can be provided on a commercial basis or be publicly available. You will have to pay for the former; you can use the latter for free. Since the cost of CMS in choosing plays far from the last role, you should know one important thing: very many free CMS are in no way inferior to commercial products.
The most costly and at the same time effective option, which, as a rule, is preferred by large companies with a solid budget, is an individual development of the engine for one specific resource. This project is undoubtedly expensive, its development takes a lot of time, but it has two serious advantages:
1) the platform is maximally adapted to the structural, thematic and content features of the site;
2) CMS takes into account all the wishes and preferences of the customer.
The development of an individual engine may become a necessity when it comes to non-standard and complex projects or large online stores. The “private” CMS compromise is commercial finished products that can be called universal: they provide standard functionality that allows you to use them for most sites of the same type. Such engines are much cheaper, they are not created from scratch and are simply installed on the resource. The drawback of such engines is that if the website owner wants to introduce this or that innovation, he can not do without professional help.
Any free platform is open source. This, on the one hand, is quite convenient, because you can adjust the engine yourself to your own needs, modify it at your discretion and install additional modules on it, in most cases, again, free of charge. On the other hand, the openness of the code is a “green” corridor for crackers. However, this problem is solved.
Hosting and engine
It is very important to remember the compatibility of the engine with the hosting platform. Some hosting providers support far from all CMS. That is, if hosting is already selected, you need to determine which CMS is compatible with it. And if the engine is selected, hosting is selected for it. Now you can talk about the most popular CMS and consider them in more detail. It will only be about free platforms.
The WordPress platform is ideal for blogs and news resources, but you can create other projects on it, even online stores. The benefits of WordPress are:
ease of installation;
ease of use;
many design templates and plugins;
the presence of the Russian version.
Perhaps the only drawback is that the WordPress platform is relatively heavy on hosting.
Beauty and strength in simplicity – this is how you can describe the Joomla engine. Its advantages are undeniable:
ease of management – to work with the platform does not need special knowledge;
compatibility with almost all hosting services in MySQL and PHP;
many plugins and design templates;
excellent protection against intruders, despite the open source code;
the ability to add modules to the engine.
Joomla is best suited for corporate business card sites and information Internet portals. There is one drawback – pages with high traffic load slowly.
For beginning webmasters, the Drupal engine is great because it has a built-in installer that almost automates the CMS installation process. Platform Advantages:
the platform can be modified with the help of numerous extensions;
all the requirements that are imposed on the website by search engines are provided.
On the platform it is convenient to create business card sites and personal projects, forums and photo galleries, blogs and online stores, even social networks.
It should be noted that the MaxSite engine is not so popular as the above free platforms. This is due to the fact that there are few ready-made templates for it. But this is offset by the ability to create templates yourself, and for design, you can easily take those themes that are focused on WordPress. The most important advantage of the system is its low power consumption: for the full operation of MaxSite, only 3 MB of memory is required.
We examined several of the most popular free platforms, and each of them is sufficiently functional. The choice is yours.