Content managers for websites are one of the most popular alternatives because they save design, update and management time. Hand in hand with WordPress, open source proposals dominate widely. However, the proprietary solutions that some hosting providers include are getting more and more space.
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A look at the statistics shows that Almost all the weight of leadership is borne by WordPress:
- WordPress (Open Source): 27.000.000
- Wix (Private): 3.800.000
- Squarespace (Private): 2.200.000
- Joomla! (Open source): 1.500.000
- Shopify (Private): 1.400.000
- Progress Sitefinity (Private): 1.400.000
- GoDaddy Website Builder (Private): 1.200.000
- Weebly (Private): 935.000
- Drupal (Open Source): 562.000
- Blogger (Private): 459.000
Types of solutions
Here we have two types of solutions; those that are independent of the hosting provider and those that are provided by each of them. In fact WordPress falls into both categories. Automattic, the commercial arm of the project, has its own hosting service that competes with Wix and the other proprietary alternatives. But, the content manager can be downloaded and installed in the provider of your choice.
Actually, many providers offer plans with WordPress, Drupal or Joomla! already installed so you don't have to take the trouble of uploading the files and configuring the database.
Website builders associated with hosting providers certainly make the task easy, but if you decide to move your site, you'll need to build it from scratch. Instead with WordPress, Drupal and Joomla! it is very easy to do the migration.
The three open source managers on the list
The popularity of WordPress as a content manager it is absolutely deserved. It does not matter that you do not have knowledge of web design or server configuration, thanks to the automated wizards that most hosting providers include and the intuitive menus of WordPress itself, you can have your blog or website ready to use in an hour .
With WordPress you can do anything that can be programmed using PHP. This includes e-commerce stores, blogs, forums, institutional pages, download sites etc. It has a wide selection of themes to customize its appearance and add-ons to increase its functionality and integrate the site with web services and social networks.
It also solves issues such as search engine optimization and multi-device visualization.
Having said that, let's get to the negatives. As with drugs, they give you enough free stuff to get you excited, but if you want the cool features you'll have to turn to paid add-ons and themes.
In addition, there are more and more free themes that insist that you install add-ons that accumulate and occupy space on the server.
On the other hand, the popularity of WordPress is playing against it and more and more sites that use it suffer from spam attacks and phishing attempts. At the moment the developers are attentive and as long as you have the security updates up to date you will have problems for us.
Personally, after having used it for nine years, I am getting tired and considering other alternatives such as static sites. I have the feeling that I am sacrificing time and versatility in favor of ease of use. But, if you need a website quickly, or can't take the time to maintain it, it is still your best option.
Although it does not have the popularity of WordPress, Joomla! it is an option worth considering. It must be said that it has a much steeper learning curve, but, if you take the trouble to learn how to use it, this content manager will answer you. The project is very well documented and you can also go to the help forums.
Joomla! It has a wide assortment of extensions and templates that allow you to expand its functionality and customize its appearance.
Drupal offers the same functionalities as WordPress and Joomla! when it comes to easily creating websites, making them responsive and optimized for search engines. Like them, you can add plugins and themes. PBut where it takes advantage of them is its robust multisite support. In other words, with a single installation you can manage multiple websites.
Although it is free and can be used for websites or blog, its strength is corporate sites.