Lately, anyone who wants a job in business is required to know at least the basics of website design. For many, it’s a frustrating situation. Colleges don’t offer classes on content management, so unless you’re in the tech business, you’ll probably have to feel through its intricacies yourself. Here, we’ve provided a starting point: a brief summary of a few Content Management Systems, or CMSs, that you’ll want to know about.
- WordPress. WordPress has a reputation as the best CMS for beginners, and rightly so. Anyone can get acquainted with all of its features in an afternoon. It’s primarily a blogging platform; the background and layout are customizable, so you can easily make a clean and professional-looking blog for your customers. However, WordPress does support other endeavors via third-party plugins. WooCommerce turns your page into an online store, and Product Designer turns it into a crowdsourcing site for – well, for product design.
- Joomla and Drupal. We’re listing these as one entry, even though they’re not affiliated, because they work in very similar ways. You download the program itself first, then choose the plugins and add-ons you want for your website. It doesn’t matter what your company needs – a welcome page, an online store, a dropbox, an email server – these CMSs can build it all. Which of the two is better? Hard to say; that’s a long-running argument among developers. It’s possible that Joomla makes a slightly crisper-looking site, but Drupal has won hearts with its up-front, flat-fee pricing.
- Magento. Magento, unlike the other entries on this list, is strictly an e-commerce platform. It tracks purchases and inventory and allows for secure financial transfers. The basic version is free. If you want the full version, you pay on a sliding scale depending on the size of your business. Although Magento is known for its customer support, you will want a professional to install it.