We use many different tools to deliver different types of sites, from customizations of content management systems like WordPress and Joomla, to custom developed applications. Although we use many types of content management systems, for many sites it often comes down to a decision between WordPress and Joomla. Why are these two CMS so popular?
WordPress versus Joomla
Both WordPress and Joomla are robust, mature programs with stable bases of code. Both have an active plug-in development community so extending the core platform allows for extensive customization.
Joomla was released in 2005 and WordPress in 2003. There are more implementations of WordPress and it continues to grow rapidly. WordPress commands about 55% of the CMS market to about 9% for Joomla.
Joomla is better for more complex applications. It has more robust capabilities and is built to be extended to the enterprise level. WordPress is better for blogging and brochure type sites. For lighter weight sites, WordPress can be customized to the point of not seeming like a WordPress site while maintaining all of the benefits of being a WordPress site.
We live in an era of data overload. Our systems gather and networks gather massive amounts of data and most of it flies by without even being examined or analyzed. Some of the data is relatively useless to business strategy but most companies don’t utilized the nuggets of information gold that they already have. Companies spend money to store and backup in their systems but in many instances, don’t take advantage of the existing data that is stored there. Many times they don’t even know that it is there or how to access it.
Here are the keys to building successful Business Intelligence (BI) dashboards for your business:
1. Start with the data that you already have. Generally, there is already a ton of data that is being wasted by not being examined or analyzed. Make sure the data is accurate and there aren’t hidden assumptions that will result in bad information.
Critics of Microsoft’s SharePoint point to cost and complexity as some of the issues they encounter when deploying SharePoint solutions. SharePoint certainly is an impressive product and valuable tool but there are other options in the Microsoft world that should also be considered.
Kentico is a terrific option to SharePoint. It runs on Microsoft technologies and offers and easy to use content management system. Kentico isn’t shareware but the cost can be considerably less than the cost to deploy SharePoint.
I’ve personally deployed hundreds of content management systems and I know the pros and cons of each one. Other than it not being a free system, I don’t have many complaints with Kentico, certainly rare in the world of CMS reviews. Kentico really is that good.
The evolution of websites has included several clear phases in capabilities and company strategy. The phases have been driven by advances in technology and software advancements. It’s clear that there is another huge shift taking place now and this is a great time to take advantage of the shift in cost and capabilities.
Phase 1 – The Emergence of the Web
Company Owners – “What is the web? What is a website? We gotta have one too.”
Website Technology – Flat HTML websites
CMS Techonlogy – No real good options
Phase 2 – Faster Internet Access
Company Owners – “We can put our marketing materials online?”
Website Technology – Better graphical tools produced web based brochure sites
CMS Technology – Some great content management systems, very expensive