Nowadays new webmasters have many luxuries of free content management systems for putting their websites together. However, there are loads of them, each with their different pros and cons. I've tried a few of them, and even tried to write my own one! But what makes a good content management system, at least, what makes for a good one that costs you nothing to use?

When I started learning to code for the web, I had to create my websites from scratch, or I could use templates from Microsoft FrontPage or * shudders * Microsoft Word. There were options of using portals on forums to create websites, but they never really were brilliant websites unless you coded the life out of a template.

More recently the internet has come to life and there are plenty of options for web masters to create their sites. Some of the codes I have used are Joomla, WordPress and ModX CMS. I've added plugins and modifications to achieve what I wanted on my site. I've even gotten frustrated and tried to code my own CMS.

Anyway, that aside, which one should you use? Really it's personal choice, but here are a few pointers I learned …

I had used Joomla prior to using WordPress. I am glad I have made the change, as WordPress has better suited my blogging requirements. The comments part of the site is particularly useful as you can interact with readers. I used ModX for a simple site with a handful of static pages, and it was well suited.

The Bottom Line

WordPress – For websites built around a blog
Joomla – For general websites with a bit of everything
ModX – For small sites generally made of static pages

Source by Mark Campbell Bell

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