Well, we finally completed the website upgrade to WordPress. Those that know us may wonder why we have chosen to move to WordPress rather than upgrade to Joomla. Joomla is our go-to system for content management for it simply has the features that our clients require. But for our purposes we didn’t need the full impact of Joomla’s content management. We wanted something that we felt was a bit more sublime, yet was still feature rich.
Why did we choose to use a Content Management System (CMS) rather than hand-code our site? Ultimately, we value our time, money, and sanity. Content Management Systems are far superior to hand-coding a website. We’re done with that.
There were five main reasons why we decided to upgrade to WordPress.
Easy Page Management
In the past, we were forced to generate a new document every time we desired to add a unique page to our site. Additionally, the site owner or web designer probably would have to modify all of the links found in the site that required them to point to the new page. By utilizing this technique, it was simple to make errors which often led in useless links. I’m sure you can figure out, this was an definitely a cumbersome process. Luckily for us, a CMS eliminates this kind of difficulty.
We no longer need to generate new documents for every single new page on our site. A CMS uses a structured system which automatically creates web pages on-the-fly. Plus, when a new page is published, the links systematically update throughout the site, which greatly reduces the chance that there are any dead links.
The main reason we chose to setup WordPress for our website is because it is cost-effective for us. WordPress, like many other CMS, the basic “core” functionality of the website has already been constructed with integrated security. It takes us less time to manage our own site now giving us more time to manage our clients’ websites.
Thankfully, most of the popular CMS (Joomla, Drupal) have top notch documentation as well as an very dedicated support community. Nevertheless, in the rare case when we can’t find an answer in the documentation or through the support community, Google, Yahoo, and MSN will more than likely have the answers we are searching for.
When it comes to most websites, scalability is important. Fortunately, many CMS (specifically, WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal) are extremely scalable. In fact, the only restriction to our website’s performance is our creativeness and our server capacity. Another key benefit, CMS can also be upgraded when new versions are released which will almost always present new functional opportunities.
Search Engine Friendly
Finally, most CMS can be tweaked to be Search Engine Friendly. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is very significant in the development of websites today. Being a small business we depend on search engines to direct targeted traffic to our website. Without great attention to SEO, it’s going to be very difficult for our target audience to find us in the search engines.
Our site became much larger than we expected and keeping track of all the revisions to meta tags for SEO became a ridiculous task of using 3rd party programs and pulling hair. We have found many plugins or modules for WordPress which can assist in making our website SEO simple and this will save us a considerable amount of time.
Invested in a CMS-ready website? Get one.
Whether you’re a freelance web developer or a web design business looking around for a very effective means to improve your workflow, or an individual, company, or corporation interested in a new website, having a website with a CMS will make life much easier and your bottom dollar go farther.