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What is a CMS?

CMS stands for 'Content Management System', and is a framework for constructing a website that makes it possible for someone who does not know code to edit the site.  There are many content management systems available, but Webtrax Studio focuses on two of the most popular: Joomla! and Wordpress.  Both of these platforms are “Open Source” software, which means they are the product of a global community of programmers and web developers and available for anyone to download at no cost. Find out more at joomla.org or wordpress.org.

How to chose what's best for your site?  Use this chart to compare it against your needs and then call us for an in-depth consultation.

 

Joomla

Wordpress

Software Cost

FREE!

FREE!

Setup Cost

Higher, since Joomla is a more powerful system requiring more configuration while the site is being built.

Lower, since Wordpress makes it easy to set up a site ‘out of the box’.

Learning Curve

Higher, since Joomla gives a webmaster more control over most aspects of their website.

Lower, since Wordpress gives a webmaster somewhat less control over some aspects of their website.

Administration

More complex and harder to learn. User-friendly “editor” (similar to wordprocessing) for adding text and images. Almost all parts of the website can be edited by the client.

Less complex and easier to learn. User-friendly “editor” (similar to wordprocessing) for adding text and images. Sidebars and footers may not be easily editable by a client.

Extensions

Thousands of extensions are available, provided by a thriving community. Many are free, most are inexpensive.

Thousands of extensions are available, provided by a thriving community. Many are free, most are inexpensive.

Upgrades

More expensive. Small security updates are released on a regular basis, and large updates ever two years. Large updates may require a complete site overhaul.

Less expensive. Small security updates are released on a regular basis. Complete site overhaul is rarely required when updating.

Blogging, commenting, tagging

Possible, but only with an additional commercial extension.

Free and built in.

Multiple site contributers & user groups

Powerful tools to give other contributers access to edit ONLY their content. Allows creation of custom groups to hide content from other users.

Less powerful tools that give other contributers the ability to submit articles for approval by the senior content manager. No custom user groups.

Bottom line

Good for larger, more complex sites that may need multiple site admins. Requires a larger investment to build and maintain.

Good for smaller, less complex sites that heavily feature a blog. Cheaper to build and maintain.

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They created the attractive and user-friendly template for the Museum’s about-to-be-launched online exhibition as well as the design for many of our exhibition panels. They’re smart, reliable, pleasant to work with, technically savvy, and able to talk to and train people like me who are not very web-literate.

— Peg Strobel, Former Director, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum