Choose the best CMS to run your website content with little effort

Publishing and managing the content on your site can be a breeze when you're working with great free Content Management Systems like Wordpress, Joomla, CMS Made Simple and many others. Get the one that best suits your needs with a hosting package from 123-reg.

Choosing the right platform depends on your goals, technical expertise and the desired functionality of your site. However, any good CMS software should make it easy to manage every area of your website and accomplish core tasks like creating, deleting, editing and organising pages. Whichever one you choose, make sure that it's user-friendly and intuitive so you have no trouble finding your way around.


What is a CMS and why you need one?

Everyone needs a Content Management System as it provides you with all the tools you need to run a website hassle-free. It's the web application that covers the complete lifecycle of a website, from using a template to give it the look and feel you want to creating content and publishing it online.

It can also help you to create or change the structure of your site, as well as its appearance and navigation. In addition you will also enjoy:

  • Accessibility. You don't need to know HMTL to create a site using a CMS. You can add and edit new pages, create and publish new content on your blog, add plugins and more with ease.
  • Independence. Since no coding is involved, it frees you from having to rely on a developer to update or make small changes to your website.
  • Cost-efficiency. It saves you money as you won't need to hire a developer. If you have one already in your team, why not use their time more efficiently on tasks that require advanced technical skills?
  • Time-efficiency. It makes updating your site fast and easy.
  • Easy collaboration. You can have multiple users - writers, designers, developers - working on your site. You can even set different levels of permission for each individual user so you are in complete control when it comes to what's being added or changed on your website.
  • SEO-friendliness. Want to appear higher in search results? Many systems for managing content come with built-in SEO tools that enable you to optimise your content, create XML sitemaps, monitor keywords, and more.

No matter what business you're in, if you have one or several websites you will need a Content Management System to manage them hassle-free.


Choosing the best one for your needs

It may be difficult to find the website CMS that best meets your requirements. However, with any hosting package from 123-reg you can install and use powerful ones such as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.

b2evolution

This CMS allows you to run one or an entire network of blogs, right out of the box. While the b2evolution community is not very large, many find this software to be perfect for powering their communities.

  • Ideal for running multiple sites from a single place.
  • Nice collection of plugins and extensions to enhance the look of your site.
  • While it has a good feature set, the interface looks dated.

Joomla

Joomla CMS is one of the best solutions for building websites and online applications. You can use it to manage all your web content including photos, audio and video files and any other type of documents and files.

  • Easy to use even for users with no technical skills.
  • Good choice for creating all types of websites: corporate, eshops, online forums or magazines.
  • While it has many templates and plugins, most are paid

WordPress

WordPress is the most popular and some say the best system for content management on the Internet. It allows you to build a site with thousands of choices of free templates as well as create, publish and promote your web content.

  • Perfect for beginners with no technical skills.
  • Vast collection of themes and plugins that you can use to make your website more attractive and easier to find on the web, as well as keep track of your visitors' activity on your site.
  • While it's the most widely used CMS on the web, it may not be the best choice for advanced users looking to create complex websites.

MODx

MODX is a flexible content management system that gives you the freedom to build a site the way you've imagined it. The platform allows you to create and run small to very large websites in multiple languages with ease.

  • Excellent for managing big sites and blogs with lots of pages and content.
  • Helpful resources and forum with guides and advice on how to make the most of it.
  • There is a learning curve so it's not recommended for users with no technical knowledge.

Drupal

This CMS is being used by millions of site owners around the world. You can use it to publish and manage blogs, websites, community forums and eshops. You can also make use of its 6,000 modules to customise your website and make it more appealing to your target audience.

  • Ideal for large sites with lots of pages and multiple users.
  • Excellent for advanced users who enjoy customising their site to specific requirements.
  • Drupal's superiority also means there is big learning curve so it's not recommended for beginners.

concrete5

Concrete5 is an open source CMS used for publishing content on the Internet. Even users with minimum technical skills can use it to edit text directly from the web page. That's the main reason users love it, because they can just click "edit" and make changes in a few seconds directly from their web browser.

  • Great solution for non-technical users.
  • Exceptional ease of use for content editors, well implemented in-context editing.
  • While it's simple to use, sources of support and development expertise are very limited.

Nucleus Blog

Nucleus Blog is a lightweight CMS that enables you to run your blog or site on your own server.

  • Good choice for technically skilled users.
  • Access to a fairly extensive and useful collection plugins and themes that can be added to customise any installation.
  • The interface is not very intuitive, which means some users might have trouble finding their way around.

CMS Made Simple

Also known as CMS-MS, this is an open-source content management system that provides a simple and quick way to create a professional-looking website and edit the content and layout. It's a good choice for developers who want complete control over the layout and appearance of their site, and have the skills to tackle the task.

  • Good solution for experienced web developers.
  • Decent selection of themes, modules and plugins to choose from.
  • It's simplicity also means users will need to turn to third party modules for additional functionality.

Geeklog

Geeklog is an open source CMS for managing dynamic web content. Its main features include: creating, scheduling, publishing and editing articles, embedding images or any type of multimedia files into posts and also filtering offensive language.

  • Support for OpenID and other remote authentication methods.
  • Decent collection of themes and modules to enhance your site's functionality.
  • Recommended for advanced users only.

Textpattern

Textpattern is an elegant and flexible CMS that can help you to overcome the hurdles to publishing content online, and to simplify the production of well-structured, standards-compliant web pages. It can be well suited for a variety of sites such as blogs, personal sites, online catalogues, portals.

  • It provides UTF-8 publishing and support for various languages, allowing you to create and update your site with text written in multiple languages.
  • There is an active community and plenty of plugins to accomplish pretty much anything you might need.
  • There is a high learning curve that can be off-putting to non-technical users.

SilverStripe

SilverStripe is a simple open-source content management system for running websites. The software comes with a user-friendly interface and provides a large array of tools to get a professional looking site up and running in minutes so you can start pumping content right away.

  • Create and edit website content as well as assign different user roles and permissions for each section or page on your site.
  • Good collection of modules and extensions, however it could use more good quality ready-made themes.
  • There is a high learning curve, which means it's not the best tool for non-technical users.

Mambo CMS

This full-featured Content Management System can be used for running everything from simple sites to more complex corporate applications. However, it's most often used for small personal and business websites, corporate intranets, government portals and extranets.

  • It's easy of use, making it a good choice for novices as well as users looking to create small, personal websites.
  • Automates a variety of tasks for static websites including web indexing.
  • A small community of supporters also means fewer themes and plugins to choose from to improve your site's appearance and functionality.

Typo3

Typo3 is a good alternative to WordPress CMS for those who need to create websites for multiple clients. It's a good choice for advanced users with programming skills who are looking for a comprehensive system with complex functionality and who are willing to invest time learning it.

  • Flexible and perfect for both small and large scale projects.
  • Access to thousands of extensions to expand the functionality of a website.
  • Lacks proper documentation, which can make it difficult to learn.

Moodle

This open source CMS provides educators with an online learning management system for teaching classes on the Internet. Educators can use it to online courses and training programs that are personalised to each group of students.

  • Good choice for educators and trainers to share resources and monitor and evaluate each student's progress.
  • Includes some great features such as: classroom management, quizzes and testing, forums, skills tracking, video conferencing, gamification and more.
  • Setting up courses can be a bit daunting for novices, but it's worth the effort

Zenphoto

Zenphoto is the open source software with all the functionality and features you need for your multimedia focused site. This makes it the ideal CMS for personal websites of illustrators, artists, designers, photographers, film makers and musicians.

  • Easy solution for managing interactive web content, such as images, audio and video files.
  • Upload photos using FTP or directly through the web interface.
  • While it's a great app for photo blogs, galleries and portfolios, it may not be the solution for stock photo sites.

bbPress

bbPress is created and maintained by the same organisation that created WordPress which means it will integrate very easily with WordPress. It's small, light and easy to use, and you can use it to manage forums as well as blogs, sites and eshops.

  • Perfect if you're familiar with the WordPress platform.
  • The built-in functionality means that you don't have to work with code or scripts to add different widgets to your site.
  • Best suited for small websites and forums.

Run your site the smart way

You don't have to have advanced technical skills to be able to create and manage a site. Get your hosting package from 123-reg and you will get to choose the CMS software that best suits your technical expertise. This will enable you to make changes and improvements to your site anytime you want.

Start now - buy the hosting package that best suits your needs, and see how much time you can free up for more important tasks when you're using the right CMS.

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