Whether you're planning to hire a website design company to build the first ever site for your business, or you think it's time to revamp your online presence with a slick new website, the Content Management Software system, or CMS, you choose will play a large role in the user experience. The CMS has the very important task of keeping track of all of the content on a website, so it goes without saying that choosing a CMS solution is a pretty important decision.
Now, WordPress is a big name in the industry and many of our competitors use this platform exclusively, mostly because it's notorious for being easy to use. At Saltmedia, however, we use both WordPress and Joomla, but actually prefer the latter for a number of pretty key reasons. Let's take a look:
WordPress & Joomla at a Glance
You can use WordPress and Joomla to build virtually any website, which makes them both highly versatile. They also share some of the same qualities, such as using PHP and MySQL as their scripting languages, they're built using open source, you can easily update sites built with WordPress or Joomla, and there are many extensions (Joomla) and plugins (WordPress) that allow you to totally customize a site according to your business' needs.
But, and this is a big 'but,' for all of its pluses in the user-friendly column, WordPress is less secure and less robust than Joomla, making the latter our CMS of choice.
Joomla, the Flexible, Robust & Secure CMS
At Saltmedia, we feel the best website design is one that's going to meet its owner's needs by way of a stunning, highly functional and secure website and, for us, Joomla delivers on all of these fronts. Not only does Joomla provide a straightforward dashboard, making it easy to update content, but it also offers a tonne of out-of-the-box features, which ensure a totally custom website from start to finish. Here are a few additional highlights:
- built-in caching allows for faster loading speeds
- multilingual capabilities
- basic SEO tasks can be performed without 3rd party extensions
- you can edit from the front and the back end of the site
These are things to keep in mind or to ask your developer about when it comes time to build your new site.
Every web development project is different, which means the CMS that might be best for one person or business might not be suitable for another. Really, the only way to determine which CMS is going to be the best solution for you is to schedule a consultation and to meet with one of the developers from our team. Give us a call today!