So we know what a Content Management System is and the components that go into choosing a CMS, but which one should you choose? There’s a lot, which is why I’ve narrowed it down for you. I have three that I recommend, depending on your needs, that are great if you are a beginner to intermediate website creator.
Squarespace is a great place to start your website journey. It has beautifully designed themes for your website so your website will look professionally made. They also have a surprising amount of features and functionality that make it easy to use. It has an interacting page builder that is fairly intuitive which helps with the process of creating your website. Squarespace truly has everything you need for a successful website.
This is my top choice for beginner users because the websites look great and aren’t easy to mess up. Check out their customers page to see some of the people that use Squarespace.
See the latest pricing for Squarespace.
- Personal sites
- Portfolio sites
- Small Businesses
WordPress is the most widely used CMS. In fact over 32% of all websites on the internet use WordPress. Originally made for blogging, it has grown to a basis for websites big and small. As opposed to Squarespace, it is an open-source CMS which means that it is developed by users and anyone can contribute to editing and improving the code for the system. This may sound like too much, but you don’t have to worry about any of that. It just means that it has an almost unlimited amount of features and functionality. And if there is not a built-in feature there is almost certainly a plugin that can add that feature.
WordPress is my choice for intermediate to advanced users as the system can be robust if desired. Check out this list of top websites that are using WordPress, plus this very site is built on it!
See the latest pricing for WordPress.
- Small to medium businesses
As the name suggests, Shopify is best used for creating an online shop. If that is you then this would be the option for you. The previous two options have the capability to have an online store, but it is not the main focus as it is with Shopify. It provides everything you will need to create a successful online store in a relatively easy to manage platform. As with any of these systems there is a learning curve as you create products and explore the features, but you’ll get the hang of it in no time!
If you are starting an online store as a beginner utilize Shopify. See their list of selected clients and do some research into other brands that utilize it.
See the latest pricing for Shopify.
- Any business that is selling products online
Choosing a CMS is an important decision, especially because it is not easy to switch between two different ones. So, make sure that you choose one that you can see yourself using for a long time. If you’re still unsure reach out to me and I can help you figure out the best fit for you.
Now that you’ve decided on which web platform you want to utilize, follow along with my specialized lesson tracks for your system.
Coming soon: How to Start a Squarespace Website
Coming soon: How to Start a WordPress Website
Coming soon: How to Start a Shopify Website