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Setting up a website

Setting up a website

Setting up a website

On the global web, the choice of content management system (CMS) is like the foundation of a building. Not only does it determine the structure and functionality of your website, but it also has a significant impact on usability, performance and even long-term growth potential. In this post, we'll go over the most important aspects of choosing the right CMS for your website, focusing specifically on three of the most popular options: WordPress, Umbraco and Joomla.

What is a CMS?

A content management system (CMS) is a software package used to create, manage and publish digital content on the internet. It enables users to create, edit and organize websites without in-depth technical knowledge. CMSs vary in their complexity, functionality and flexibility, making them suitable for different types of websites, from simple blogs to complex e-commerce platforms.

There are also roughly two types of content management systems: Open Source and Closed Source. Content management systems that you can install with us are open source management systems. If you want to create your website externally, for example via Wix or SquareSpace, you host your content management system in closed source. This is because you cannot take your website with you and move it to another provider. As a result, you are limited to this one provider and cannot go anywhere you want.

WordPress: the universal workhorse

WordPress is by far the most popular CMS in the world, and for good reason. It's user-friendly, offers a huge selection of themes and plug-ins (many of which are free) and has an active community that is constantly developing new features and improvements. WordPress is ideal for bloggers, small businesses and freelancers because of its scalability and customizability. It's also easy to install and maintain, making it popular with beginners and experienced web developers alike.

However, WordPress needs to be constantly kept up to date and you need to ensure that all the components you install work together. For a business owner who wants to spend as little time as possible maintaining a website, there are better options you can choose.

Umbraco: flexibility and customizability

Umbraco is an open source CMS built on the Microsoft .NET Framework. It is known for its flexibility and customization options, making it ideal for medium to large businesses looking for a solution that can be adapted to their specific needs. While not as user-friendly as WordPress, especially in terms of design and customization, Umbraco offers powerful tools for managing content, personalizing the user experience and integrating with other systems such as CRM and e-commerce platforms.

Umbraco can be hosted with us faster than ever before as part of our.NET hosting packages, where you have your own dedicated pool and resources. And an MS SQL database included at a competitive price.

Joomla: Robustness and security

Joomla is another popular open source CMS used by millions of websites around the world. It is known for its robustness, stability and advanced user rights management, making it a good choice for medium to large businesses and organizations. Joomla has a wide range of extensions that allow users to add features such as forums, newsletters and social networks. In addition, there is an active community of developers who provide regular updates and security patches to ensure the security of websites.

Choosing the right CMS for your website

There are several factors to consider when choosing the right CMS for your website, including the intended purpose of the website, the technical expertise of the users, and the desired functionality and scalability. It may also be useful to talk to us about what might be the best choice for you. As a website hoster, we have an experienced view of many different content management systems and, of course, how they develop in the long term. We have been hosting almost all types of websites since 2009.

In conclusion, choosing the right CMS is a crucial step in building a successful website. Whether you choose WordPress, Umbraco, Joomla or another CMS, take the time to research and evaluate the different options before making a decision. With the right CMS as your foundation, you can create a website that not only meets today's needs, but is ready for tomorrow's challenges.