Is WordPress the best content management system out there?
In order to answer this, let’s first discuss what a content management system (or CMS) is.
A CMS, in general, is a system that provides tools and procedures that can be used to manage work flow. It allows more than one people to share data, controls access to the data, and aids in storing the data. In website development and management, the CMS is used to create and manage the publishing of information.
But more than that, a CMS separates the management of content, functionality, and design. It also allows a webmaster to implement changes on the website himself.
Now, WordPress is probably the most popular content management system today. There are other systems such as Joomla! and Drupal, but WordPress is the most used. Does this mean it’s the best? Definitely not, but WordPress does have the edge over the other systems.
For one, WordPress has got to be the easiest CMS to use. It has a clean interface and is easy to update. This is important because the purpose of using the system is so one can update the site on his own. This ease in use makes WordPress a popular choice, needless to say.
It’s also quote customisable and expandable. This is due to plugins that can add new features on a site. For instance, if you want to add a Facebook stream on your site, you can just use a WordPress plugin instead of having a professional do it. All plugins can be managed on the dashboard of your WordPress account.
In short: with the plugins, you can do pretty much whatever you want with your site.
The vast user community of WordPress is also a huge plus. WordPress uses an open source software, so anyone can create plugins—giving you a wealth of options. And if you’re having problems with your CMS management, the answer to your trouble can be just a Google search away. There are numerous WordPress communities online, for instance, so there’s also a wealth of answers for problems you are yet to have concerning the WordPress as a CMS.
Joomla! and Drupal do have their own set of advantages (both systems, for instance, are quite reliable and powerful), but they do not offer the same user community and ease of use as WordPress. These alone already put WordPress notches higher.