One of the biggest decisions you need to make when building a website is choosing a web builder. There are quite a few around however there are a smaller number of them that take the majority of the market, the biggest at the time of writing this article is WordPress, and while this suites most people it is not the only kid on the block.
Drag & Drop Builders
If you can use a computer but don’t really understand all the technical stuff then these builders are for your. If you can use a Word Processor you can use one of these.
If you want something simpler to use than WordPress then you can’t go wrong the ImpressPages. Like Wix or Weebly this is very simple to use, but more importantly you will not be locked into a single or small selection of providers. If a hosting provider supports PHP and MySQL this should work fine.
Another drag & drop website builder like ImpressPage. If you want to build the site yourself and am not very tech savvy then this should be on the top of your list.
Something in the middle
Because most people these days appear to want something powerful but without the overhead of being swiss army knife.
Talk about something sitting on the fence. WordPress is simple enough that most tech savvy people can use it but flexible enough the a developer can write modules to extend its functionality. It really does fit in the situation that 90% of people out there would probably find this suites there needs.
All the bells and whistles
If you are looking at creating a complex website then you are going to need something more powerful. Both Drupal and Joomla are well suited to large complex sites.
Using these for a simple website or blog is like trying to cart a load of sand for your front yard by using a huge truck. Yes it will do the job but it’s seriously overkill for the task.
If however you are looking for something to build a large complex corporate site then you would be hard pressed to get something better than Joomla, except of course it’s main rival Drupal.
This is more complex but also more flexible than WordPress. If you have access to skilled developers this is an option for you however I would caution people about choosing this for a small business website.
While I would agree that Joomla is capable of more than WordPress it comes with overhead as you do not have the option of thousands of ready made pluggins and a seemingly endless array of themes, you can however do far more in Joomla than WordPress is capable of out of the box.
Probably even more capable than Joomla it comes with the overhead of being even harder to use for both end user and developer. Having an older code base it has come under fire for being antiquated in its code base.
In the end Drupal is a competitor to Joomla so if you are looking to creating a complex website then you should take this platform into consideration. It has been around for quite a while now so is not likely to disappear anytime soon.
While there are e-commerce plugins for most platforms another platform has arrises that specialises in E-Commerce.
If your business is all about E-Commerce then Magento should be at the top of your list of choices. It is built from the ground up with E-Commerce in mind.
There are quite a few website platforms going around now. The ones listed in this article are the most common open sources ones that we’ve come across. There are of course many others however these are the ones that have been around for a while and have large communities behind them, however you’d be hard pressed to find one that can beat WordPress for community size, plus you can get Managed WordPress offering from many hosting providers, including us.
For any of these platforms we offer 1-click installers to help you get started. For more information go to our Web Hosting page.
Usage of content management systems for websites – http://w3techs.com/technologies/overview/content_management/all