It’s common to wonder about the best CMS (content management system). Which CMS provides the easiest user interface? Or, is it the right choice to go with the most popular CMS just because it has more users than the competition or because it’s recommended so much online?
These are great questions to have, and we’re here to analyze content management systems based on the facts.
An exceptional content management system is essential for building a website, whether it’s for an eCommerce store or a simple blog. To achieve that exceptionalism, a CMS must have a sleek user interface, reasonable pricing, and a killer community behind it!
What to look for to find the best CMS for you
Many factors come into play when choosing the best CMS, but here are the primary criteria we looked at during our analysis:
One-click installation tools
Long ago, content management systems required you to manually install website files on a server. Although that’s still possible, and occasionally required with some content management systems, the best CMSs allow for simple, one or two click installations. Usually, this comes in the form of an integration with a hosting company or by instantly activating the CMS as a hosted solution.
Free, or affordable pricing
The open-source CMSs are almost always free. The hosted options have monthly pricing. Keep in mind, however, that open-source, self-hosted content management systems still require payment elsewhere, for things like hosting and themes. So, we’re looking for the CMSs with the least expensive monthly fees and extra components.
Access to various templates
A template helps with cutting down on design and development time. It makes your website pretty, and far more functional, without coding the site from scratch. Many themes are only made for certain content management systems, so you should seek out a CMS with a high number of themes to choose from.
Support for useful add-ons
A CMS typically needs add-ons to expand functionality. You may require a social media add-on or maybe an extension to turn your blog into an online store. Whatever your need, the CMS should have a decent number of add-ons to test and use.
Drag-and-drop builders and coding access
The best CMS provides features for beginners and advanced developers. That’s why we enjoy seeing a CMS with simple drag-and-drop designers for the less experienced users and coding modules for the advanced users.
A strong online community and customer support
Usually, a CMS has either a large online community or excellent customer support. It’s not as common to see both.
This article was written by Joe Warnimont and originally published on CodeinWP.