Why is WordPress Such a Popular Platform?

Submitted by Peter Sampson on Sat, 04/22/2017 - 17:23

WordPress is the most well-known and successful content manage systems ever made. With over 26% of the world’s websites using it, there’s gotta be some kind of secret we don’t know about, right? How could something be so popular after all this time? It’s not a secret at all, actually, WordPress is just a perfect storm of features and usability.

Join us as we look at the characteristics and design choices that led WordPress to take the throne as the most popular CMS in the world.

The WordPress Formula: A Recipe For Success

When you set out to make a website, hosting companies everywhere recommend WordPress as their top platform for your website. Real statistics have shown that people prefer to use this platform over the other options in a great many cases.

Why is that? Let’s look at some of the reasons why WordPress is so darn popular:

1. It’s An Open-Source Platform

It seems like such a small decision, but part of the reason why WordPress took off, was because it started (and continues to be) an open-source platform. This means that no one can control, censor, or otherwise manipulate your content. Furthermore, it means the program is entirely free.

On top of all that, it’s also open to the masses for tweaks, improvements, and additional features. Anyone can join in and work directly with the program’s code to create plugins and themes that expand the features of the platform way beyond anything it’s competitors offer.

It’s a program by the people, for the people, which makes it insanely easy to get behind.

CMS Report is now socPub

Submitted by Bryan Ruby on Mon, 04/17/2017 - 05:49

We're no longer yesterday's CMS Report. Less than ten days ago, I started the process to migrate this website's content management system from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8. During the migration I decided it was also time for a rebrand by listing the site under a new name and a new domain. We're now socPub and registered under the domain socpub.com.

What does socPub mean? Absolutely, nothing.

Several years ago, I had the idea of using the domain for a niche website focused on social publishing and neither of those two things happened. Looking back, I'm glad I didn't move forward on the project. Today, no one really talks about social publishing in the way it was originally envisioned. But also, I have too many interests to want to run another website where the name itself limits the topics a site covers. socPub has no meaning today in order to give us a chance to be a lot of things tomorrow.

But if you paid attention, you shouldn't be surprised that I've said goodbye, at least for now, to the CMS Report brand. A year ago, I wrote that this was what I was going to do.

4 Web Design Trends that will Change the Face of Small Businesses

Submitted by Guest Author on Sat, 04/01/2017 - 22:11

Can you remember how the first websites looked like? Some looked funny while others appeared complicated enough to launch a rocket in the moon. A couple of years down the line, significant changes are evident. Modern websites are not only sleek but also user friendly. They also contain answers to most of our daily needs. That is enough. We might want to say customers have reaped huge benefits from such changes, but the truth is business owners have gained even more.

The web design evolution is on; it never stops. In future, trends are expected to shift further. While it is good to remain optimistic and wait for more changes in the future, it is fair enough appreciating the existing trends. For any business owner aimed at boosting revenues and taking his business to the next level, having in mind certain revolutionary web design trends in the business world is necessary. Let’ take a walk through some of them.

1. Responsive Web Design

In a world where smartphones control nearly all activities, it is irrational to ignore the influence of responsive web design. Several years back, internet was all about desktops, and spending countless of hours behind huge computer screens. That has changed over time. Many people now prefer phones for browsing, reading online, and even making purchases online. In a recent survey, it was revealed that 75% of all American adults use both desktop and mobile device to view contents on the internet. Ignoring such a powerful statistic is almost suicidal.

5 CMS Trends for a Future Website Owner to Consider in 2017

Submitted by Julia Blake on Fri, 03/17/2017 - 22:55

The Internet is the most popular and effective tool used by contemporary people. It doesn’t matter whether you what to do business or to have fun, you can’t keep up with the rest of the world without the Web. Surfing the Internet on regular terms, at a certain moment, you will feel the necessity to become the part of it yourself.

If you decide it is high time to launch your own website the first thing you should do is to find a high-quality CMS (‘Content Managing System’) for it. The best news about starting a website nowadays is that you don’t need to bother about coding or hiring a professional anymore. You will be able to do everything yourself since many CMS developing companies make their best turning website creation into an effortless process which can be easily carried on by a non-professional.

Still, not to hurry is a very wise strategy in this. First, think carefully about what you expect from a website. Without any doubt, you realize that a lot depends on the content you are going to add to the website. If you are a financial adviser, the set of features important for you will differ greatly from the ones needed by a photographer. So, the best thing to start with is to make up a list of CMS features you will require for achieving the result you aim at.  If you don’t have the exact idea of what you really need, it will be very easy to mislead you. As a result, you will have a website with the features you will never use but lack some vital options.  

Here are some important features developed by most famous CMS designing companies you may find helpful:

5 CMS Alternatives to WordPress

Submitted by Julia Blake on Thu, 03/02/2017 - 20:37

Many say that WordPress is one of the most well-known open-source systems to manage a website. There are more than 9000 templates and 40.000+ plugins for WordPress. Nevertheless, popularity doesn’t guarantee a high level of efficiency.

To provide yourself with proper tools, allowing to create a truly useful and engaging website for personal need, you must first find and install needed add-ons, because there are simply no good plugins installed by default.

Though the WordPress plugins market is enormously large, the number of add-ons you can trust leaves much to be desired. That’s why WordPress has peculiar security vulnerabilities. In addition, some actions in WordPress require PHP, CSS & HTML knowledge.

WordPress updates its software quite regularly, but it’s a sweaty process to renew your content management system. In order to prevent content losses, you have to create a backup for your website. After updating own WordPress theme a user has to make sure that all plugins work correctly because some add-ons can not be optimized as fast as the system itself.

Searching for a CMS for your online business, you should admit that WordPress is not a perfect system. Some of its disadvantages seem ridiculous in 2017. There are a lot of great alternatives to WordPress with much more modernized, safe and simple functionality to build a website easy and fast.

Four Mistakes to Avoid When Picking a CMS

Submitted by Guest Author on Tue, 02/28/2017 - 22:43

There are many reasons why you should consider using a content management system (CMS). The top reason for using the CMS is because it makes the creating and editing of content simple and easy. You will also have access to an arsenal of remarkable web design tools to make your work easier. All in all, how well the CMS serves you will depend on the service provider you end up choosing. If you are searching for the right CMS to use, you have to avoid the following mistakes.

1. Choosing a geek-friendly CMS

As a developer, the first thing you need to remember is that not everyone is tech savvy. Even if you find a remarkable platform that you like, you have to account for the needs of your customers. Will they be able to comfortably use it once your work is done? You have to make sure that the customer will be able to use the platform without any problem. In the long run, it pays to pick a CMS that has a simple admin interface. At times, you may have to customize the interface more in order to meet the needs of your customer.

MotoCMS: 3 Simple Ways to Create a Professional Business Website Yourself

Submitted by Julia Blake on Mon, 02/20/2017 - 17:26

In the contemporary world, most people are well aware of the fact that no serious business can successfully function offline.  If you do not have a personal website, thousands of prospective clients will never learn anything about your products or services, no matter how excellent they are. But what to do if you don’t know anything about the art of web programming? What to do if you are only a beginner in business and you don’t have enough money to hire a professional?  Luckily, the absence of experience and money is not a problem anymore.  

Nowadays the Internet is bristling with numerous offers from website developing companies. They propose most attractive and easy ways of creating high-quality websites. Moreover, everyone can cope with this task without any special knowledge now! Still, this wide choice also may be a problem because it is so difficult not to get lost and to choose the best variant.

Let me introduce MotoCMS - a great solution for those who are looking for an efficient way of creating a professional website. Why?

There are several really good reasons to do so:

2500+ Ready-Made Templates 

Be creative and express yourself! It is so elementary with such a choice. You only need to pick the one which answers your expectations and get an awesome website for your business.

User-Friendly Drag’n’Drop Editor

This website creator makes customizing your website an easy task. Go ahead and construct your own fairy castle out of the pre-made blocks. Just drag and drop – and here you are!

Custom CMSs Are Back - And It's A Good Thing

Submitted by Pete Czech on Fri, 02/10/2017 - 14:35

I recently came upon this article written by a CMS developer who was amazed that a potential client chose a custom CMS over their recommended solution. I see these articles on occasion, and they always aggravate me to a certain extent.

The reason is because custom CMSs continue to make a ton of sense for enterprise clients—more so now than ever before.

The real shock here is that more developers don’t see custom CMS solutions as a viable option. They are stuck in a bubble overrun with off-the-shelf solutions. Oftentimes, they can’t even tell that the professed “benefits” of off-the-shelf software are the same detriments that lead to customers eventually wish they had traveled down the custom development path from the beginning.

The writer of the article posed some interesting questions and arguments which we’d like to answer, starting with this:

Have you ever built a CMS before? Have you ever used a custom CMS? The answer to both is no. Because if it was yes, you would not even consider doing it.

To the contrary, we’ve been building custom CMS platforms for over 15 years. When we began, the custom pathway was pretty much the only option for website developers. There weren’t any off-the-shelf solutions such as WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla. Those platforms developed over time and did indeed make life a lot easier. However, one could argue that they also ushered in an era of “sameness” on the Internet. An era where a true “web developer” can’t be distinguished from a “themer” by most business owners.

4 things to consider when choosing a CMS for your company website

Submitted by Andrea Bell on Fri, 02/03/2017 - 19:57

It is essential to build a website based on a content management system (CMS). Content is king on the internet and having unique content on your site can become so much easier with the use of a CMS. You can not only track updates, but also edit, review and publish content in real time. To make sure that all elements of your website work in harmony, you have to choose a CMS. But which CMS should you choose?

With over a hundred or so options from the various Content Management Systems in use today, you should be able to pick one which fits the need of your website. Deciphering all the sales pitches and filtering out the differentiating factors can be a daunting task. In order to save both your mind and your wallet from exhaustion, here are some tips you can follow before you start considering any content management system for your business website:

1. Ease of use

Most people only think about editing, attaching photos, publishing and managing posts when they think of a content management system. They assume wrongly that all content management systems do this and they underestimate the entire functionality of a CMS.

Not all platforms allow users to keep the posts in a hierarchy of a tree. Individual posts are mostly categorized on the basis of date and time. This limitation on functionality allows the interface to be simple and easy to understand. In other cases, most business owners or writers may find this situation a bit challenging.

A Guide to What Is Really Stopping You From Ranking

Submitted by Gareth Simpson on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 22:44

It’s the million dollar question all SEOs get asked: “why isn’t my website ranking?”. Sometimes the answer is simply that the site doesn’t offer much value and doesn’t deserve to rank; other times a website is being held back by its own technical environment, or let down by poorly thought-out content. Are you worried about your current website rankings? Don’t get yourself tied up in knots – detangle your site’s content and CMS to give yourself the best possible chances of ranking.

Elementary content relevance

Gone are the ‘halcyon’ SEO days when you could repeat a two word phrase over and over again on your website and magically rank for it. On-page relevancy in 2017 is all about using semantical variants, synonyms, and adopting user language that’s focused on intent and purpose. Write naturally & give generously.

  • Your content doesn’t just have to be superficially relevant, it needs to be genuinely engaging and valuable to users. Engaging users is all about finding that sweet spot between audience/keyword research, and your own brand messaging. One way to make sure your website has plenty of great user-friendly content is to create a resource library.