How to choose a CMS

A Content Management System (CMS) is an application that allows you to create and run your website. With it you get an administration panel - an interface where you can create and update pages, posts and other types of content (images, videos, etc) and arrange the content the way you need. You will also be able to change some aspects of the design of the site. All the actions are done simply by clicking buttons - you will not have to write code or scripts in most cases.

There are many different CMS systems on the market which are open source - this means you do not need to pay for the actual system itself. When Utopia designs websites we select the best CMS for our clients and use our experience and knowledge to then design and implement your new website. In many cases our clients request a certain CMS platform which they have perhaps used before, or heard good things about.

Below is a chart that shows some of the more popular systems and some ranking information:

  Wordpress magento joomla drupal cmsms silverstripe
Popularity    
Ease of use  
Choice of themes  
For large sites    
Low learning curve
Hackability Bad Average Bad Average Low Low
Resource demands Low Very high Medium Medium Low Low
Technical skills Low High Very high Very high Low Medium
Main target Bloggers Large
shops
Coders with
large sites
Coders with
large sites
Business
sites
Business
and Govt
sites

If you are looking at creating a new website or want to upgrade your existing one contact us today to discuss what CMS platform would be right for you.