As you begin researching the best platform for your new website, or migrating your old system to a new system, an important decision to make is what type of platform or website CMS to build it on. Every type of website has a specific purpose, so we’re going to be mostly focusing on business websites that have the goal of converting traffic from a visitor to a lead.
What are we looking for in a CMS?
When looking for the right content management system, we look for a few key elements including:
- Easy User Interface
- Future Friendly
With so many content management systems available, there are a lot of discussion to be had. Questions as to what and why certain platforms are chosen and continue to be used by agencies. Although we have developed for a numerous amount of platforms in the past, including LightCMS, Shopify, BigCommerce, and many others, we prefer WordPress as our website platform of choice.
Also with the ever growing drag and drop choices out there like SquareSpace, the market has opened up for a lot of DIY solutions. While technically sound, these can hinder SEO and lack the strategy that makes websites effective.
Humbles CMS Beginnings
WordPress started as an open-source blogging platform, first released back in May of 2003. In its first version, WordPress didn’t even support plugins, much less have an open API, or any of their other current developer-friendly features that are currently enjoyed by WordPress developers. In the 14 years since that fateful day of WordPress’s release, WordPress has blossomed into a platform that, while still holding to it’s blogging roots, has grown in it’s power and flexibility into becoming a true CMS.
Growth Means Strength
WordPress is able to function as an Ecommerce platform, a blogging platform, a simple Content Management System for a brochure site, an event calendar, and so much more. But, it’s more than the added functionality that makes WordPress a powerful platform.
In those 14 years, something else grew alongside WordPress; it’s developer community. Reliable WordPress developers are plentiful. The documentation of the platform is mature and well-written. And, plugins and add-ons are vast, ranging from the mundane to the fantastic.
Flexibility with Purpose
WordPress is a flexible platform that can be used to build a myriad of sites. Also, nearly every hosting solution can easily host WordPress sites. So if you have a hosting account, more than likely, you can host a WordPress site.
Now I’ve also heard lots of complaints about WordPress as a CMS, the main one being that it can be hard for a first-time user to curate their content. While there are ways to modify the WordPress backend to make it, in ways, more ‘user-friendly’; I find that these solutions either hide or obscure the fact you’re using WordPress to the point that you lose the advantage of using WordPress to begin with.
At Steadfast, WordPress is our preferred solution!
It has the best mix of reliability, flexibility, usability, and maturity as a CMS platform.