I build websites on a daily basis and I am always trying out new software and tools to keep myself and my work on top of the game. At the time of writing this, more from a usability point of view I choose to use WordPress as my favored platform to build upon. WordPress is considered a Blogging platform but with the amount of plugins and the flexibility WordPress gives you, it can easily be used to create websites.
When I am testing a CMS (Content Management System) the first thing I like to do is think like a person who doesn’t know much about the web but wants to be able to update their website. When first entering the WordPress admin, generally the first thing you would want to do is to add or edit a page.
In WordPress this is simple you choose add new or edit under pages this is nice and simple. If we take the same scenario and try this in Joomla for example this simply doesn’t work, there is no add or edit page in Joomla. Again if we try this with Expression engine we have the same problem as Joomla. If you try this in most of the CMS’s available many fail my initial method of testing.
Another CMS I have been looking at is CMS made simple and this does pass my test. It is not quite as simple as WordPress but under the heading content is pages and you can simply add new content (add a page) in that section so that is good enough.
It would be good to run this on the platforms that you use so we can put together a quick table of pass or fail for this one item. Of course this isn’t the end of the world if the CMS doesn’t pass this test but I prefer if it did so that I know it will be simple to use for both me and my clients.
What do you use as your CMS or blogging platform and why?
Did you go through any tests of your own or did you go with what was popular at the time?
Another reason I chose WordPress over anything else was the popularity it has with the community that follows it. If I am creating a site and I want a particular feature you can almost put money on there being a plugin out there that does what you want it to do already.
A point to note is that if you use plugins from other users make sure you test it first as not every plugin works the way you want it to.
There are so many Content Management System out there that I am sure I have missed many so please let us know the different systems you use to blog or build your sites with.