These Open Sourced Content Managed Systems or CMS’s rapidly taking hold as the foundation of the general website design for more and more companies, organizations, and churches.
What good are they? In a nutshell, they allow the organization to manage their website without hiring or having to be a full fledged designer.
Q. Do you still need a designer with a CMS?
A. It depends.
Q. When do you select one over the other or for that matter the other CMS systems out there?
A. Simply put, WordPress is designed as a Blog to be a website. You need to tweak the WordPress template to become almost anything you want it to be, but it can be costly.
There are thousands of developers and free and paid templates you can choose from that install with ease, and your off and running.
****Be careful, you can get stuck with an old, outdated, security riddled, templates that are no longer supported, so you may need a pro to find one for you and then it is not 100%. Even with a pro, you will be ultimately responsible for the upkeep of your WordPress template and design.
The majority of WordPress users work with the “out of the box templates”and will not modify or customize the site.
Then, there are the designers-developers, that find a template and fully customize it to do what they want it to do. WordPress also has tools called plug-ins that allow you to “Stretch” the WordPress capabilities. get it ? It seems simple but can be complicated.
What is Joomla?
Joomla is a CMS that is designed to use templates as a webpage and through Plug-in’s and Modules. Pretty much, one picks Joomla to have the ability to expand the site with many different elements in it.
How do you tell the difference?
There are tell-tail ways to see if the site you are looking at is a WordPress or Joomla. This is a rule of thumb and large corporations find ways of masking these login’s for obvious reasons.
You can type in either – “/wp-admin” or “/administrator” after the main domain name and a WordPress or Joomla logo will appear with a login spot. If you get an error, then it is probably not either one.
http://domainname.com/wp-admin (for WordPress)
http://domainname.com/administrator (for Joomla)
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