Which CMS is the most ‘Do-it-yourself’?
Written by Amit Pankaj on June 18, 2012
Even if you outsource your website development to an expert, chances are you’d still have to have some knowledge of the CMS, no matter how less; as who knows, some day you may require to download a plug-in, make alterations or simply diversify. So, ever spared a thought about cracking the entire code yourself? Is it even doable?
Content Management Systems like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal are all unrivaled in quality, performance, ease of use, community support and what not. However, they do differ from each other when it comes to their Do-it-yourself nature.
Experts say that both Joomla and Drupal need deeper coding knowledge in order to avail all of its advantages, because initially they were brought into being as customizable CMSes for advanced web developers. And out of the two, it’s often said that Joomla’s interface is more user-friendly and convenient to handle.
On the other hand if we talk about Drupal many would believe that it is devoid of certain– ‘noticeable conveniences’ ; which makes it more suited to developers to whom working on codes comes naturally.
But if you talk about WordPress, you’d find it on a completely different tangent. Even though the platform was primarily designed for blogging, since it’s advent, it has seen a lot of expansion. At the moment it has become a full fledged content management system with plug and play abilities for advertisements, pop-ups, social media, shopping carts, fund raising- you name it.
A History check
In the order of coming into existence- Drupal came in the year 2001, followed by WordPress which was followed by Joomla (that came as an offshoot of Mambo-which was a Closed Source proprietary CMS). Since their release, there has been 3 core versions of WordPress, 7 of Drupal and 6 of Joomla.
WordPress takes the lead
Another thing that goes in favor of WordPress is that it began with a huge audience who was already seasoned at generating content-with bloggers. Bloggers use today is considerably more when compared to Joomla or Drupal. And needless to say, it is due to its unequivocally simple interface, which has had a lasting impression on its users.
It may sound as an advice from a pro WP user, but it’s actually an unbiased analysis that if you need to build your own website without any expertise, you could just begin by making a free portal at www.wordpress.com.
And if you’re thinking of a custom WP website, start by observing various forums where developers voice their opinions and try to grasp as much as you can. One of them is www.wordpress.org/support, that can give you an idea of planning your moves in advance. Besides, just as researching for anything else, looking for tutorials on YouTube and Googling for any expression can come in handy.
Where making your own website/blog can be immensely satisfying- chances are it may be just the right solution for you. It goes without saying that you have to go quite an extra mile to gather knowledge if you aren’t an expert. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t able to put all the pieces together in the first go, your perseverance and patience would pay off in the long run.
Amit Pankaj works as a Senior Technical Writer with XhtmlCssCode. He specializes in Social Media, Content Management and SEO. XhtmlCssCode shares information and insight on PSD to HTML Conversion and integration with 3rd party CMSs like WordPress, Magento, Drupal and Joomla. Subscribe to our Blog RSS or you can follow us on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, also on Linkedin for updates on HTML Conversion Service.