Owners of every small businesses today are trying to
establish their business online and for this they will need the use of a CMS
program, regardless of whether it is open source or not. CMS (content
management system) will allow you to have full control over your website. An ideal
CMS should be easy to use, should have the features you need to add images,
video, social media integration and so on. The 5 heavy contenders in this
category are mentioned below. The selection is based on the List of Best CMS
Platforms in 2017 post:
Possibly, this is the most popular CMS for small
businesses. Marketing being the main plus point of WordPress. It is a
self-hosted open source CMS that you can install on your own host without any
issues. WordPress started as an ordinary blogging platform, but provides
hundreds of free and premium plugins today that can perform virtually anything.
You don’t need any HTML programming language with WordPress and it works with
any browser. WordPress is completely free, except for premium themes and
plugins that require some little investment.
Concrete 5 is another CMS for small businesses, known for
its ability to provide easy content editing. If your website demands for large
number of pages or heavy contents with lots of static information, then Concrete
5 may be the ideal CMS for you as it provides an easy platform for frequent
changes or additions. This is a completely free open source CMS that comes with
a tweak of design for easy content management.
Joomla has special features for content customization and
it is best known for this. Joomla platform can be customized for different
users, and it can be difficult to establish if two users are working on Joomla
when they are actually using Joomla – they will have a unique experience in
customizing and transforming small business platforms. If your website has lots
of contents with numerous YouTube videos, Joomla may be the best option for you
because of its settings and tweaking capabilities.
Drupal is best known for its excellent security features,
hence small business owners who need more than a platform to blog, can rely on
Drupal for ultimate protection against hacks, malware and some other security
threats. Drupal is similar to Joomla in so many ways, but it is more flexible
and secured. Most of its plugins and customizable themes are also free, like
many other open source. Drupal also comes with numerous paid plugins that
provide even richer user experience.
Textpattern is best known for its simplicity and lots of
flexibilities. This CMS has mixed features of Drupal and Concrete 5 and so can
be described as a hybrid between the two. This CMS is very easy to install,
however, it requires that you deploy numerous tools for tweaking and
customization. You may want to start by creating your own design, before you
add your content but that is if you understand codes and programming. If you
want to save yourself time and energy, you may want to use the pre- design
templates from Textpattern because they come with embedded codes that will
simplify your job.
Before you go for an ideal open source CMS, you are
required to understand your needs first, and if you can invest a little extra
in those close source CMS, you will definitely keep the reward of having more
plugins, templates, and themes to use for your small business.