For every business, having a website has not only become a fashion but also the necessity for creating effective brand value. Be it small-scale business or giant-sized business, everyone have their official websites. It has become so frequent that a new website has been launched. However there is one question in people’s mind that whether creating a website is a tedious task and requires technical & coding skills?
Well the answer to above question would be NO. Creating a website has become very easy with the help of various Open Source CMS platforms which are absolutely FREE and simple to use.
What is CMS (Content Management System)?
CMS – Content Management System is an influential and easy way to manage your content and business process needs. CMS is software which keeps a record of all your website content which can be edited easily at any time, even if you don’t possess technical knowledge about web technologies or coding languages,
There is no. of CMS softwares available which are free to use for creating website. However, only some of them have gained success. Following are the top 5 CMS platforms which are being used by large number of people:
WordPress has become undoubtedly one of the best CMS in very short span of time. It is not only being used as blogging platform, but also for creating websites. It has developer friendly ecosystem along with huge number of useful plugins which can be used for different functionalities in your website. WordPress is based on PHP and MySQL.
You don’t need any technical expertise in using WordPress. All you have to do is publish your content, install plugins as per requirements and arrange your widgets for website appearance.
Also if you have little technical knowledge, you can do WordPress Customizations as well.
Joomla is another award-winning Content Management System which allows you to create websites with powerful functionality. Joomla is easy to use CMS which is based on PHP and MySQL. Like WordPress, in Joomla also one can publish content with ease without any technical expertise. There are many Joomla extensions and themes available which one can utilize. However, some of these plugins and templates are paid.
Still, Joomla has become a boon for web developers. As far as Joomla Designing abilities are concerned, it is similar to designing any other website.
The CMS which comes after WordPress and Joomla is Drupal. One can use Drupal CMS for any type of website like personal web blogs, e-commerce website, community website and so on. It was developed in year 1999 by Dries Buytaert. Because of the increasing popularity of Drupal, it was made open source. You can use this CMS for publishing, managing and organizing your content with more customizations.
All above mentioned CMS were supported in PHP. Umbraco is another popular CMS platform which is built on Microsoft’s ASP .NET framework and written in c#.
With this CMS also, one can easily publish his/her content on Word Wide Web. Generally it is not used for making personal blogs. It is best suited for large websites.
Pligg comes on 5th place of top CMS platforms which is free to download. With this CMS software, you can create a social networking website including Social Bookmarking Website, Blogging Website, Article Directory etc. This CMS is well suited for Community type websites.