CMS, Mixing Power and Design


There are many compelling reasons why Content Management System is a good foundation for a website. Blog Management is much easier when there’s a structured back-end to work on. Sites like blogs, forums and high traffic portals all need tools to manage content, update, backup and generally manage the web presence. This is what a CMS excels at. There are more than a few CMS’ on the market right now, WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, MODx and CMSMadeSimple to name a few. I also studied some works about¬†asp .net cms¬†which is interesting. Add to that the hundreds of custom CMS available from web developers and the market gets a little crowded at times. The most popular by far are WordPress, Joomla and Drupal, which all offer different things, suitable for different uses.

WordPress is a great tool for blogs and websites. It is built with ease of use in mind and can pretty much do anything you might want to with a website. If the WordPress software doesn’t do it for you, there is bound to be a widget or plugin that will. The number of plugins being built grows all the time. The best thing about WordPress is the availability of design templates. This is where the perfect mix of CMS and design come into play. The template structure is simple enough that many designers create for it, and powerful enough that many web users use it. There are some amazing designs both free and at a premium. To me, WordPress is the ideal balance between form and function.


Drupal is the experienced designers option. It is a very powerful system if you already have some CMS and coding experience. The learning curve is much higher than WordPress and isn’t for the faint-hearted but the payoff is immense. In return for your investment you get a powerful, intuitive interface that can be the back-end of an infinite amount of sites. If you know how to code and design, the world is your oyster. Thematic support for Drupal is massive. For those who want to use the designs of others, or reverse engineer one to use, then you’re spoilt for choice. Building your own however, does take a lot of patience.


Joomla seemingly came out of nowhere to take up the middle ground between WordPress and Drupal. While not as easy to get to grips with as WordPress, it is easier than Drupal. Theme support isn’t as good right now, but that’s changing steadily. Joomla isn’t as powerful as Drupal, but the modular construction is more powerful and logical than WordPress.

All three CMS have strong support from fans and developers alike. There is always someone to ask for problems, or somewhere to look for solutions. All three demonstrate to varying degrees that design doesn’t have to take a back seat when building websites with a CMS. If you’re looking for a CMS for your new blog you can’t go wrong with one of these. Then, when you need content, visit, we’ll take care of everything.

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