Deciding on which web platform is best for your website graphic design comes down to a very simple element, it’s the platform that works the best according to your needs. Not that long ago I set out on finding the “perfect” platform so to speak, which led me to digging quite extensively into the world of web development. I tested several platforms on various levels, but mostly focused on their personal and business applications. The aim was to find one that would cover every necessary aspect, or at least most of them. I also took into consideration the price that came with the platform, because I’ve had the liberty of working with the most expensive graphic design software the world has to offer, but in the end it’s about making it affordable to the client.
What I Discovered
I spent a great deal of time doing various tests before making any concrete decisions. In other other words, after some very long nights, extensive experiments and research I’ve managed to settle on a web platform that did everything I consider necessary. Also known as content management systems (CMS), the three top contenders are respectively WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. From all the testing and research I have to say that WordPress is the best choice. I take nothing away from Drupal and Joomla, but WordPress has a great reputation for good reason.
To put this into perspective, let’s look at some statistics. Currently WordPress is the most popular CMS around with a market share of 60%. Keep in mind that there are more than 30 platforms available, so this is a relatively big number. Since 2007 WordPress users have increased with more than 4 billion and it’s the same platform used by giants such as CNN, GigaOM and TechCrunch. With more than 38,227 plugins and lightening quick installations, competing platforms have a long way to go before they can claim the same kind of success.
The Reasons Behind My Decision
Apart from the overwhelming reputation WordPress has created over the years, it’s overall interface is what makes it a real winner. Let’s start with the user friendly execution shall we? Once the basics of the website is in place then posting content becomes the easiest thing in the world. Even the plugin installation is easy, because it installs with just a few clicks. Whether you are accustomed to websites or whether you are just starting out, WordPress will meet your demands. You don’t need any knowledge of writing code or how to embed videos and images. In fact, it can be compared to administrating a Facebook page, because it’s that easy.
The second biggest reason is the regular updates. When a new version of WordPress is available it will notify you, along with everything else. For plugins and themes you will also receive notifications, but more importantly, WordPress stays up to date with the search engine trends. Many, if not all, the themes that are available come with mobile-friendliness, so you don’t need to worry about getting penalized.
Last but not least, WordPress is an open source. Yes, it’s absolutely free to use and there are no monthly payments that need to be made. Now taking into consideration that it makes the whole process very simple for clients, it doesn’t lack anything in terms of applications or power, it’s regularly updated and it doesn’t cost you anything, then it’s no wonder why most people prefer to use it. There are so many benefits to using WordPress that it would be difficult to list them all in this article. But to give you an idea of how easy WordPress works just check out this sweet video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsyO2JY4l_s
Is it Worth Looking at Other Platforms?
The great thing about CMS is that there are many different options, but they usually don’t come free. Even if you are willing to spend money on a web platform, it probably won’t live up to WordPress. With all the support and information that comes with the package it would be fruitless to search for anything else. Unless you are a master of coding and you are looking for something very specific, then I have no doubt that WordPress can handle everything you need it to. Whether it’s a basic blog or a high quality eCommerce site, WordPress can run it.