It goes without saying that both WordPress and Drupal are two of the biggest open-source content management systems available today. It’s also well known that WordPress has garnered a bigger user base since its inception in 2003, with a current user base that’s nearly 10 times that of Drupal.
Just like every other technical debate, there are proponents and opponents to each side. And for web designers who have yet to form an opinion or make a decision, there are compelling arguments for and against each platform. However, rather than consider popularity only, a wiser scheme might be to examine how each CMS performs against the key design factors, and then make the best decision for each client’s business, away from any personal biases.
Ultimately, the debate can be condensed into the level of user skill. Drupal comes with more features, making it an awesome platform if you know how to navigate around it, but there is also a higher learning curve that some find frustrating. WordPress, on the other hand, is much simpler to navigate, use and customize, but has less features. Let’s examine a few factors in detail.
Welcome the future of website building tools! MotoCMS has officially launched its new 3.0 version with refreshed website and blog. This user-friendly content management system offers responsive templates with fully-rebuilt admin panel, visual content manager and tons of new widgets, plugins and features.
This is the third year for the Now What? Conference which is held in one of the fastest growing modern communities in the region, Sioux Falls, SD. If you're within a half day's drive from this great city, I encourage you to register for the conference. The conference and various workshops will be held on April 29 - 30, 2015. Created by Blend Interactive, the conference will be bringing together web and marketing professionals from across North America. Something that rarely happens in our region, you have an opportunity to hear from today’s content management leaders as they come together and cover post-launch web maintenance, web analytics, content strategy, and talk shop with colleagues and speakers.
Over the years, I've talked about building a range of simple websites for personal use to implementing very complicated proprietary and open source enterprise content management systems. What I haven't talked about is the cost of building and maintaining those websites. Honestly, I've been too embarrassed for how little I spend and too stunned by the price tag for what the big companies pay for their websites. Who Is Hosting This? sent us a graphicthat we thought represented the typical costs small to medium size businesses can expect when building and hosting their new websites. So good was the infographic that we decided to post it here.
Much of the statistics came from Which Web Design Company. WWDC maintains a database of over 7000 web design agencies world-wide, and provided them with the average starting cost statistics for web development used in the graphic below. Whatever your costs and whatever you decide, assuming you're working with reputable companies, the bottom line is that you get what you pay for. That's not a threat, but just a reality of the market.
eCommerce solution frameworks like Volusion, Bigcommerce, Magento, Shopify and custom sites built with Bespoke are a good way to begin the process of planning for eCommerce. But, no matter which framework or solution you choose, you will need to carefully plan the online store or shopping cart, using comprehensive information about your customers and prospects and their needs and demands.
While SquareSpace and Wordpress battle for the top spot, a new AI website design company could change the way we look at CMS all together.
So your business has finally taken the crucial step of selecting a Content Management System. Perhaps it’s your first CMS, or perhaps you’re ready for the switch from a solution that just isn’t cutting it anymore. You want to get the most value you can out of your solution. You’re probably making lists of expectations, or products to compare. As you go through your selection process, don’t get overly wrapped up in processes only to lose sight of the bigger picture. Take a step back and make sure to avoid these pitfalls.
As mobile evolves, we see that customers engage in a continuous and streamlined way, on multiple devices and at various touch points. Isolated platforms of varying levels of quality and evolution are no longer acceptable. We have to be mindful of the omnichannel customer journey. Regardless of the device they’re engaging on, customers want to remain on the same path, with the same information available to them.
For a simple corporate website, brand site or web store, Weebly is an exceptional tool and worth a look. I don’t know of any CMS, including WordPress, that comes close to this level of usability and functionality for the price.
While Drupal 8 has been been under development for two and a half years, I haven't talked much about it. I learned long ago that it doesn't do much good to talk about an upcoming release of a CMS until the software crosses over from what most of us would consider "vaporware."
The software needs to be close to beta, allowing for normal folks to actually be able install for testing purposes with a reasonable amount of certainty we don't need to be a developer. If you're a loyal reader of Planet Drupal, by now you should be getting a sense that the time has come to finally talk about Drupal 8.