Content Management Systems (CMS) are used to create and manage digital web content. You can use the software to create web pages, create and distribute copy and media, and manage websites. The most useful types of software offer extensions and themes that add different elements like modules, plugins, widgets, etc. Below are some of the software packages that digital web design and development agencies can offer to clients.
WordPress is the world’s most popular software for creating blogs and websites. It is open source software that is free to download and install. Additional there’s also a hosted version available which offers suitable pricing packages for the needs of both small and large companies. The product’s users have given mostly positive reviews about the software as evidenced by its impressive customer satisfaction rating of 98%. From humble beginnings as a blogging site, WordPress has developed as a fully functional CMS by using thousands of themes, widgets, and plugins.
WordPress does not require PHP nor HTML knowledge, making it a good choice for beginners. All you need to do is to choose a template and possibly some plugins and click on it to install. You can easily add fields to forms by yourself or by using plugins. It will allow your blog or subpages to have additional labels, categories or descriptions.
To move beyond the basics, such as making changes to certain fields on your site, or to create a unique look, you need to know CSS and HTML. To compete with Joomla! or Drupal, WordPress needs plenty of plugins to be installed. Unfortunately, these plugins reduce the script’s efficiency and increase resource consumption on the server hosting the software.
WordPress is a very good script to create all sorts of websites, ranging from simple brochure sites to complex e-commerce sites . It is one of the simplest to use (definitely not simpler than Quick.Cms though) of all solutions available on the internet.
Drupal is an open source content management system used by some of the largest websites such as The Economist and the White House. Drupal is a CMS that has been optimized to be used on the internet as a social medium.
Drupal offers features such as advanced menu and user management. Users are able to create and manage a range of content types including blogs, statistics, texts, polls, and videos. It has evolved into one of the most comprehensive CMS systems available. The script has a very specific programming environment more similar to a programmer’s platform than a simple CMS script. The script allows design element editing with predefined page function configuration. This feature makes it easy to create both simple and more complex pages.
With all these features that enhance the user experience, Drupal does come with some drawbacks. The script is not very user-friendly and requires advanced knowledge to install and modify. If your website is very large, the script will generate a big server load, typically caused by the sheer number of possibilities provided. Drupal is an advanced CMS system offering plenty functions, that in other scripts require installing many plugins (if they are at all available). Unfortunately, it means, that any interference in the script’s code requires advanced knowledge of PHP and HTML languages as well as CSS.
Joomla! (with the !) is a CMS designed to help both novice users and expert developers to build websites and applications. In terms of complexity, Joomla lies between simple WordPress and advanced Drupal. It can be compared to a library where you can store and keep track of all your content and manage the quality. Joomla! can be used to create and manage content such as text, video, music, and images.
The set-up is relatively simple, and support after install is very accessible. It takes only about ten minutes from downloading to having a working script on a server. The script has several thousand free plugins available at the homepage. There is a comprehensive navigation system that can successfully manage several hierarchies, allowing programmers to easily manage a site even with couple hundred subpages.
Joomla! has many modules and templates, but some of plugins and modules for Joomla! are paid. There may be some compatibility issues between some of the plugins, so more advanced programming knowledge, especially of PHP coding, may be required in order for the add-on plugins to function properly.
If you have some experience with CMS systems but not quite an expert, Joomla! will work well for you. The script is free, has a great number of plugins, modules, and templates, as well as thorough technical support. It’s a system of choice for multimedia sites and sites with a lot of content – it’s when the system performs best.
Typo3 is a powerful Open Source CMS designed for the advanced user. Typo3 was created with modularity (allowing the modules to separate and be interchangeable). It functions best as a script for a company page as well as a base for a large news site.
This system offers several thousand extensions including additional image galleries, discussion boards, and an internet shop. Typo3 allows for giving granulated permissions to different users, versus the one-admin model of other platforms. Users can include basic web page visitors; an administrator who manages the pages; or even users assigned to task-specific groups such as editor teams. One of the most important advantages is the ability to set a page structure without a pre-fixed order of blocks, sections, or articles. The script has an internal language called TypoScript that allows for the creation of many elements like static HTML with dynamic content in it.
Typo3 is not easy to install and set up. The time it takes to learn the complex program makes it more suitable for advanced users than beginners. Its modularity and expansion capabilities often mean bigger demands on server resources. If the website is not too large and there will not be thousands of visitors, Typo should work fine. Typo3 is versatile and can be used to create a simple website as well as an advanced portal with all kinds of contents, but it takes a lot of time to master it on the programmer’s side. Modularity and expandability are its significant traits, but this decreases efficiency and high demands on server resources.
Quick.Cms is one of the simplest CMS systems around and it’s ideal for simple company pages, but it also includes some advanced implementations. Quick.Cms stores data in flat files, so installation means just setting permissions for a few catalogs on the server and there’s no need to configure a database to run the CMS. The script is designed to allow very simple page design modifications, mainly using CSS. The clients who are going to manage the page should be able to navigate it, even if they have no experience with CMS systems, due to the transparency of the administration panel and the popular WYSIWYG editor – TinyMCE. The positioning of Quick.Cms is good due to its clear HTML code, friendly links and possibility to define titles, meta descriptions, and names of links for each subpage. There is even a mobile option with this script, which is great for clients who are targeting customers on-the-go.
The number of plug-ins is much less than other platforms. The database that is an advantage for a simple website can also be a drawback when the site has hundreds of subpages. This is due to decreasing efficiency of flat files as data increases. Modifying functionalities often requires knowledge of PHP. Fewer plugins often leads to the necessity of making modifications (such as another field in a form) to the script yourself. Quick.Cms is a perfect choice when you’re planning on making a simple website.
Highspot is a sales enablement platform that lets business users manage content for sales organizations, implement playbooks, deliver training and present content to the customer via email and online presentations. Highspot uses machine learning to deliver great search results, suggest related items, discover new content, and generally connect people to the most relevant information. It integrates with Salesforce to help sales be more effective and more efficient.
Highspot is cloud-based, and also lets users share content with prospects live on the internet. A screen sharing feature means prospects can view users’ content and demos all from the same browser window. Highspot also includes a module for pitches. Users can email content from within the system, create custom links or send pitches through their own email systems. Users can then track activity for each email recipient.
This is designed for both a veteran sales team and new users. However, some programming knowledge may be needed to fully utilize all the capabilities of this platform.
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