Right now, there are four Content Management systems we like to use: Shopify, Craft CMS, WordPress and ExpressionEngine. Each has its strengths and weaknesses and we will work with you to decide which is the best fit for your project.
WordPress is the most popular CMS (Content Management System) on the planet. It started as a blogging engine and over the years has become a fully-fledged CMS. The popularity and legacy of WordPress is both a blessing and a curse. On the positive side, there are some fantastic plugins available for WordPress which are well thought-out and executed, and often free, or at least reasonably priced. We will sometimes use WordPress just because of certain plugins that are available that match the needs of the project.
There is a massive community around WordPress so it's easy to find answers to questions about the system. Above all else, it's open source, so it is free to use. Updates are issued frequently, and with WordPress, you can pretty much guarantee it will still be around in a few years time unlike other technologies which can come and go within a few years.
WordPress comes in two flavors: WordPress.com which is a hosted solution, and the self-hosted version of WordPress, which can be found at WordPress.org. We work with the self-hosted version. WordPress.com is the main way that Automattic (the company behind WordPress) make their money, but it isn't as flexible as the self-hosted version and is aimed at people that want to set up their own basic site.
The downside to all of this is that WordPress has such a large user-base that they often won't introduce large, breaking changes, which means the core of the product feels a bit old-fashioned in places. It's still structured around the idea of building a blog, and although it can be used for virtually any kind of website, you have to work against the grain in places to get WordPress to behave how you want it to. However, for a free product with such great resources around it, it's hard to beat for certain projects.
Find out more at WordPress.org.
- Open source and free to use.
- Fantastic range of plugins available to extend the core functionality.
- Possibly has the largest community of users and experts out of any CMS.
- Kept up-to-date with frequent free upgrades.
- Powers around 25% of all websites
- Approximately 60% market share out of all CMSs