Digital Strategy for Startups - Choosing the best open source CMS
Using Wordpress : Rationale and user case scenarios
For a simple website that will not need complex content displays in the future, Wordpress that will be the easiest to set up and maintain. Consider the following possibilities:
- Startup profile: A boutique stocking only perfumes for online sale / enquiries from discerning, wealthy clientele.
Advice: Your products are only of one type, and if you do not expect to diversify a lot, choose Wordpress. It will be light and easy to maintain, and secure within your business limits. Wordpress has actually got enough capabilities to handle small to medium changes in your system.
- Startup profile : An alternative medicine site, focusing on popular herbs such as ginseng and popular essential oils marketing to the whole world.
Advice: Your products might not be that numerous, but they will be fast-moving. The number of pages on your site will be fairly small. You might need to suddenly supply an industry behemoth or see surges in your sales due to increased awareness. You do need a CMS that can handle sharp spikes and large volumes. Wordpress has evolved; it will still be a quality solution; you do however, have to opt for really capable hosting infrastructure or upgrade it later
Using Drupal and Joomla : Rationale and user case scenarios
Drupal is great for sites that will ultimately need features such as forums, blogs, news, analysis, demos, product displays, intranet etc that necessitate complex content creation and management. This is because Drupal can manage this intricacy with the leanest possible backend. Drupal can be used to rapidly set up a simple, inexpensive startup site that can accommodate very complex and large scale changes later.
Joomla has been successfully used by reputed enterprises to create fairly intricate sites at lower costs than with Drupal. This is because, upto a certain level of intricacy and size, Joomla solutions do function as well as Drupal solutions. In fact, with a little bit of self-training in Joomla , it is possible for even an amateur to create a fairly sophisticated business site. You can reduce costs even further by doing so. This is a major attraction of Joomla that Drupal does not have.
Should you take a quick look at recent trends, you will actually find Drupal and Joomla neck to neck for enterprises of medium complexity and scale. However, for sites needing tons of features tied up to intricate interaction of multiple data and content types at enormous volumes, you will find a clear trend in favor of Drupal. The following examples will make this clearer:
- Startup profile: A market analysis site providing complex analysis to industry decision makers.
Advice: The interactions between your various kinds of dynamic content are likely to get more intricate soon, and you will need to handle very large scale information and derive credible output efficiently. You need the leanest possible database and backend updated smoothly even during severe volume surges.You will need a CMS which will accommodate highly skilled development efforts that result in facilitating your analysis at the CMS level itself. We advise you to opt for Drupal.
- Startup profile: A corporate site which you yourself want to set up inexpensively. You would rather opt for a different solution later if needed.
Advice: Choose Joomla hands down. It lets amateurs create much more efficient large scale dynamic content than you ever can with Wordpress. You will face problems if you try to do this with Drupal. And you can always take care of future contingencies later as the topmost CMSs have superior migration capabilities already, and in future this capability is bound to increase.
We hope this information will help you obtain the right platform. We wish you success in realising your business vision.
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