Discover Blogging Episode 3 | Popular Content Management Systems (CMS)

In episode 2: Leveraging Internet, we discussed that blogging helps people to build online presence, their own space enabling them to present their talents, skills, hobbies, businesses, help others, broadcast their message, blog for income and many more things. A Content Management System (CMS) is a major part of a blogging platform to publish your blog. A blog is focused on digital content. A CMS system is an application software, allowing creation, modification and organisation of digital content. So a CMS system helps in creating and maintaining websites and blogs. There are many web-­publishing applications which can be used as CMS systems and the most popular ones are: WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. In fact, the most widely used is WordPress.

Open-source and Free CMS

WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are all Free, open­-source and community driven projects. They are distributed under General Public Licence (GPL). If you are new to the concept of software user freedom, I must mention that though in these cases they are all free price-­wise but the term Free here stands for user freedom regarding software similar to freedom of speech and other freedoms we are entitled to. Let me brief the above ­mentioned publishing software so you are not caught unaware.

WordPress

The most popular open source software is WordPress used by more than 27% of the top 10 million websites and in all, supporting 60 million websites. It’s easy to use and doesn’t require technical skills (knowledge of web technologies or programming languages), so perfect for even absolute beginners. It’s suitable for blogs, small­ to medium sized websites and smaller e­commerce stores. Here goes their tagline: “Beautiful designs, powerful features, and the freedom to build anything you want. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.”

Joomla

Joomla is a step ahead and requires basic understanding of technical steps. Also the user-­interface is not as simple and easy as WordPress. But it offers more features and flexibility so it’s more powerful tool. Supports excellently the social networking and e­-commerce websites of fair complexity.

Drupal

Drupal is the most powerful platform but the most difficult too. It requires technical knowhow (HTML, CSS and PHP) to be able to work and you may need to work with a developer familiar with Drupal to get things done. It supports not only CMS but can handle web­sites of any complexity.

Like most of the beginners, you just need a CMS software for blogging, you don’t want to struggle with the technology to build and publish your site rather you want to see it growing fast. I hope you understand that WordPress is the best choice with no pre-­requisite for technical knowledge.

End Note

These are not the only open-source CMS systems. There are many more like Tumblr, MediumTYPO3, Magento (for e-commerce), etc. We have discussed the most popular and suitable for individual blogger for publishing content. Besides these open-source blogging platforms, there are proprietary platforms like Google Blogger and Wix. Google Blogger is an old platform and free-of-cost without any premium options. We will discuss Blogger in the next episode (Episode 4: Google Blogger) along with WordPress in more detail. Enjoy!

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