One of the first questions that comes to one's mind when building a new website is the type of the technology to use. PHP, ASP.NET and Python remain the most popular web programming languages used today. Upon choosing the web technology of the website, the question that comes to mind is whether to program the website from scratch or use one of the popular content management system such as WordPress, Drupal or Joomla.
Choosing a CMS can be a lifesaver. Most of the content management systems have content management, commenting and user management built in functionality. In addition, there are literally hundreds of plugins, modules or extensions that can be installed on the different CMS to help achieve a specific functionality. You will find easy-to-use plugins to build your photo gallery, send your newsletter, publish your forms, play your videos and share your posts on Facebook and Twitter to name a few. In addition, WordPress, Drupal and Joomla are very well search engine optimized with Clean URLs functionality and a number of SEO plugins. Add to this, the fact that CMS are constantly updated and secured against SQL injections, Cross-site Request Forgery attacks and Cross-Site Scripting Flaws.
Besides, there are literally hundreds of ready-to-use free websites templates that are suitable for different website categories that can help you kick-start your websites with your preferred style in minutes. Whether you are building a blog for yourself, your company, or starting your online news magazine or review site you will find a template that best fit your website category. And if you want a unique theme for your website, you can always hire a professional theme designer to design your website theme.
However, One thing to keep in one's mind, that adding some functionalities to your CMS may require in-depth knowledge in the CMS. The good news is, adding any custom functionality to WordPress, Joomla or Drupal is done through API functions which are written according to specific standards, which means that your website can be easily updated and maintained in the future.
Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel of CMS, save your time and effort with one of popular content management systems. I strongly recommend using Drupal, Joomla or WordPress for your next site. Whether you are building your website by yourself, or you are hiring a web development company to build your CMS, use a well known CMS.