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The CMS website: 15 creation platforms under the microscope

With their great ease of use and implementation CMS websites have the wind in their sails. Through this growing success with companies, there are now more and more platforms and web applications that allow you to create your CMS website. As the supply grows, it becomes more and more difficult to see clearly as a novice in the field.

Throughout this article, we propose you to introduce yourself and compare for you 15 of the most popular platforms by companies including WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.

Drupal: the Belgian platform that helps to create its CMS website

Drupal is a Belgian open-source content management system (CMS) platform created in 2001. The company co-created by Dries Buytaert registers more than 500,000 users worldwide and is mainly intended for companies that wish to create a dynamic and easy to use website.

Advantages

Highly appreciated by professionals, its flexibility and the power of its modules allow it to be a versatile CMS platform, capable of adapting to any type of site: from window site design to online sales site via the blog. In addition, the Drupal community is very important, reactive, and its contributors very active.

Disadvantages

Learning Drupal takes time if you are a beginner. Compatibility is another of its disadvantages, indeed, it is difficult to migrate a site designed on another CMS to Drupal.

Joomla: advantageous to create a website

Created in 2005, Joomla is a CMS platform that is encoded in PHP and coupled with a database management system in MySQL. Like the other actors presented here, Joomla is very easy to use and therefore does not require much technical knowledge to create a website. The platform also offers a number of applications and extensions to improve your site.

Advantages

Thanks to a supportive and active Francophone community, you will always find a solution to your possible bottlenecks. But Joomla is above all a CMS very easy to install, and its intuitive administration interface. Its numerous modules, more than 4000, give access to a multitude of functionalities. In addition, it has a wide variety of themes to suit all styles.

Disadvantages

If Joomla seems accessible to everyone from the start, the administration is more complex and requires some skills. In addition, SEO optimization necessarily involves the installation of plug-ins, without this, SEO performance is very inadequate.

WordPress: create your website easily

WordPress is the most widespread content management system platform on the Internet. On its homepage, the company created in 2003 boasts of populating more than 24% of the entire web! A success that is explained by an excellent marketing execution, but above all a very intuitive platform, recognized for its ease of use and its wide choice of extensions and themes.

Advantages

WordPress installs quickly and without any specific knowledge. No need to know how to code, there are a wide variety of themes and thousands of plug-ins to extend the site’s features. As it is possible to access the source file, CSS and database, customization is unlimited. Thanks to its portability, a WordPress site can be moved to another host and even take another domain name. Finally, this CMS has a large community you can count on.

Disadvantages

This is a self-hosted site, so you must ensure yourself the backup and security of your site. Site maintenance may become cumbersome, and loading may slow down with an excessive addition of plug-ins. Sometimes the themes are complex, and the materials little documented or in English.

Magento

Advantages

It is an e-commerce oriented CMS. It is a powerful tool with a multitude of features and an efficient administration system. Magento is ideal for managing thousands of items and several online shops.

Disadvantages

Magento is considered complex, its catch requires several months, it is therefore not adapted to begin in the e-commerce. It is also a particularly heavy platform, subject to slowness. You have to rely on quality hosting to keep it flowing. The web service is also insufficient.

Prestashop

Advantages

Prestashop is also an e-commerce solution that allows you to create a shop quickly and easily. The back office is intuitive. Even if some modules and themes are not free, it is a relatively inexpensive CMS, perfect for small projects. And, as Prestashop was developed by francophones, its daily use will be greatly facilitated.

Disadvantages

Customization and lack of features for content management are the main weaknesses of Prestashop. Moreover, it appears to be inadequate for B2B trading.

IBM WebSphere Commerce

Advantages

It is a very complete multi-channel e-commerce platform. Advanced catalog management, marketing capabilities and native B2B capabilities are its best arguments. In addition, IBM Websphere Commerce is equipped with a highly ergonomic visual editor and a particularly efficient cache system.

Disadvantages

Its use is reserved for large budgets. Very focused on IBM technologies, the options offered by IBM Websphere Commerce can create a professional website but are all paid.

Intershop

Advantages

It is an e-commerce solution with great maturity. Thus, Intershop integrates many powerful functionalities: supplier and partner management, multi-channel sales, after-sales service, etc.  The Intershop Studio editor is particularly intuitive. This CMS is ideal for B2B projects of international scope.

Disadvantages

The real black spot is its very high cost. Count from 100.000 € to more than 800.000 € to realize an Intershop e-commerce site.

Opencart

Advantages

Opencart is a CMS that allows you to create an online store in a short time and at low cost. It is particularly rich in features, to date there are 15,000 of which a large part is free. Moreover, Opencart is optimized for natural referencing. In short, performance and scalability are its best assets.

Disadvantages

On the one hand, the layout of the shop is not very customizable, and on the other hand, the development of features requires knowledge in PHP development.

Oracle ATG Web Commerce

Advantages

It is a flexible, reliable and intelligent solution for B2B and B2C e-commerce sites, also optimized for multi-channel commerce. Oracle ATG Web Commerce integrates powerful customization and marketing tools. Its implementation is very fast and its back-office is easy to learn.

Disadvantages

In addition to its high cost, the B2C order management system proposed by Oracle ATG Web Commerce is one of its weak points.

Oxid eShop

Advantages

Oxid eShop offers a system whose security and code quality are the pillars of its performance. It is a versatile platform, which allows multi-boutique, multi-currency and multilingual management.

Disadvantages

Oxid eShop finds its limits in B2B functions.

RBS Change

Advantages

RBS Change is a solution that combines the power of a CMS and that of an e-commerce platform. Multi-site, multi-boutique and multi-languages management are among its best assets. The page editor is also very intuitive, and its complete workflow engine.

Disadvantages

The handling during the creation website requires patience given the multitude of features. Moreover, the RBS Change administration interface only works on Mozilla Firefox.

SAP Hybris

Advantages

It is an ideal solution for a multi-channel e-commerce site and to manage large catalogues. Hybris becomes very easily the main tool of your marketing strategy. With Accelerators, prepared templates, you can create and set up an operational site in no time.

Disadvantages

Some Hybris bookshops are outdated. Moreover, it has no community.

VirtueMart

Advantages

This open source e-commerce solution is a Joomla plug-in. Thus, versatility, customization of the theme and free website design are its first qualities. In addition, it benefits from a large community and numerous documented supports. VirtueMart requires no computer knowledge to create an online store.

Disadvantages

The extension catalog is pretty poor, which is a shame!

Zen Card

Advantages

Zen Cart is a free open source e-commerce CMS. It is endowed with a long experience and a strong notoriety which also give him a true stability. It integrates a very wide range of functions in native : unlimited categories, download of virtual products, sponsorship, multi currencies and taxes, etc..

Disadvantages

Pre-installed modules cause some mess on the administration interface.

Blogger

Advantages

Blogger is one of Google’s free tools, ensuring data security and backup. The interface is very easy to use.

Disadvantages

It is necessary to be satisfied with the few themes proposed, what is more, are hardly customizable. There is no way to expand functionality and you remain dependent on Google.

Comparison table of the 15 platforms

In order to see more clearly, you will find below a table comparing these 15 platforms:
Platform Cost Control by a developer Personalization Multi canal and Cross canal
WordPress Simple ++++
Dupral €€ Pretty easy ++ +
Joomla Pretty easy +++
Magento €€€ Complex ++ +
Prestahop Average + ++
IBM Websphere Commerce €€€€ Pretty easy +++ +++++
Intershop €€€ Pretty easy +++ +++
Opencart Average ++ +
Oracle ATG Web Commerce €€€€€ Very easy +++++ +++
Oxid eShop €€ Complex ++ ++
RBS Change €€ Average ++ +++
SAP Hybris €€€€ Average +++ +++++
VirtueMart Average ++ +
Zen cart Very complex + +
Blogger Simple +

 

 

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