CMS is a content management tool for website admin which allows to add or change website content, media etc. But, which one to choose?
There are many content editing tools available on the web and all that variety could look even similar in many cases, but when you take closer look, you’ll see how they fit to some segment for its functionality or target market. Some bigger web agencies have even developed their own CMS, but using those we could suggest for very specific needs only, when client has it’s own development team or plans to order all development and editing from outside the company. In our opinion it decreases client’s possibility to grow and also client is stuck with services and possibilities from one development agency. In Sviiter, we have been focusing on two CMS systems, that we’d like to introduce to you.
Most common and used CMS in the world is WordPress, which, at first, was made for blogging, but for now, it has become most used CMS system in the world. It is open sourced and has millions of third party developers. In early days, WordPress competed with Joomla and Drupal, but amount of users has definitely rised towards Wordspress for now. It has major popularity, easy user interface, and like we said before, millions of third party developers, with whom WordPress has many plugins (747 761 277 plugins at the time writing this blog post). Those plugins increase WordPress functionality and flexibility to implement several extras, such as payment solutions, product listing and catalogues, integration with third party apps, language translation modules etc.
In other cases WordPress is user friendly, not exactly what produces happiness hormones, but with correct usage definitely productive and useful tool. There are only two negative sides what we could think of, firstly, page edit view, where user can’t see the real outcome of the page layout, and secondly, lots of updates what users need to manage. Updates are most annoying part of the process, besides updating WordPress, users have to update for used plugins as well, just to keep the website running. WordPress CMS itself is correctly documented and there are a lot of forums about it in the internet. It can be downloaded freely, but needs a hosting service (We suggest Zone or Veebimajutus for our Estonian customers and usually we leave that choice to our customers, because there is a large variety of hosting companies and most useful for customers could be their domestic service providers).
Second CMS what we use is Voog, previouslyknown as Edicy. It is made in Estonia and developed from 2007. It’s major plus is simplicity and handiness for end customer. Possibility to edit text and media directly on webpage, makes the content editing process more personal and entertained. Edicy is also all in one service, which includes hosting in their service packages, also adding or buying domain names. Paid service includes even buying some domains for free.
Despite the fact that Voog is simple for developer, users should remember, that more complicated pages with customized fields and modules are harder to manage.
We could say that we offer Voog for simple and middle sized websites and WordPress for bigger and more complicated ones.
At this time Voog runs under RMK (Estonian State Forest Management Centre) and Starman (Estonian telecommication company) and many others bigger sites, so everything is possible, depends on client’s needs.
Using Voog, users don’t have to deal with constant updates like in case of WordPress described before. There are no plugins also, all extra functionality is created by using Voog API or third party APIs. Documentation is smaller than WordPress regarding to smaller community, but they have fast and userfriendly support team.
We have knowledge to build websites on both and we always give our suggestions, which one suits best for the client according to project. If you wish to have a new website or refresh the old one, send us an e-mail with your project description and lets figure out the best solution for you!
24.11.16 published as quest post in Voog’s blog: Which CMS suits you best?