With the right web content management platform (CMS), your business can overcome any challenge. Today there are a variety to choose from and all these platforms have their own advantages and disadvantages. Thus, making the decision among them a tricky one. The most notable platforms include Drupal, WordPress and HTML5. Below is a general outline to each.
Drupal is one of the leading CMSs. Global enterprises, governments, higher education institutions as well as NGOs use it. This platform is flexible and secure. Drupal can publish a single or multilingual web site, across many devices courtesy of its high capabilities.
The advantages for Drupal include:
- It is an open-source CMS which implies that users can change and distribute its codes;
- developer friendly;
- flexible and versatile and;
- produces advanced sites;
- great for a community platform too.
The disadvantages for Drupal include:
- Its complexities during installation and;
- the need for great technical expertise.
WordPress is another common CMS. Silverman (2008), states that this plateform's main goal was for building blogs. But, following its many advantages, a good number of organizations and individuals are currently using it.
The advantages for WordPress include:
- fast to construct and;
- convenient to use;
- open source, like Drupal;
- it is SEO friendly and;
- does not need prior in-depth characterization (Silverman, 2008);
- Less need for technical expertise.
This makes it a viable option for most organizations looking for a cheap but effective CMS.
The disadvantages for WordPress include:
- lack of flexibility because it is generally designed for small content websites.
- frequent updates to close security holes. This means that without the updates, WordPress is open to attacks and security breaches.
- There have also been concerns raised about WordPress’ speed. WordPress contains generic code unnecessary for every specific website. This in turn makes loading the site slow.
HTML5 is a mark-up language used for structuring and presenting content online. This platform is the latest version of the HTML standard and succeeds HTML4. Its growing popularity has attributed to its many advantages that it brings to users.
The advantages for HTML 5 include:
- neater code;
- standardized semantics;
- fancier forms and consistency;
- improved accessibility;
- offline application cache;
- geolocation support and;
- client side database.
The disadvantages for HTML 5 include:
- the associated media licensing issues and minimal browser support. Only modern browsers support HTML5.
- the need for technical expertise.