How to Choose a content management system (CMS) for blogging

What is a CMS?

A CMS (content management system) is software that allows users to create, edit and publish web content – such as texts and multimedia elements. The software has a graphical user interface, so you can work with it even without programming skills.

In order to attract as many visitors as possible to your website, you need attractive content. Texts, images, videos and graphs not only offer added value for readers and users, but they also have a positive influence on your ranking in the search engines. 

But someone has to manage, publish and keep that content up-to-date. With large websites, this can be a big task that you can only perform with a content management system (CMS). But which CMS is best for you? We offer you an overview of the most important requirements for a CMS and we compare five open-source CMS.

How do you choose the best CMS?

If you are looking for the best content management system for your website, you will probably no longer see the forest for the trees. There are currently 250 to 300 different programs on the market. 

We cannot compare every CMS. The range varies from simple website builders to extensive business systems. The question is, therefore: what requirements must a CMS meet to optimally support your online project?

Most popular content management system(CMS) for blogging

WordPress is the most widely used open-source CMS on the market, with around 18 million installations worldwide. It was originally designed as a blog system, but there are now several extensions available for the basic installation. These make it possible to upgrade the software to a fully functional content management system.

Characteristics:

  • 18,000 extensions and more than 14,000 free design templates
  • Installation possible within 5 minutes
  • Search engine friendly URLs
  • Also mobile publishing and management tools
  • System requirements WordPress 4.7.2
  • Web server: any server with PHP and MySQL)
  • Middleware: PHP 7 or higher
  • Database: MySQL 5.6 or higher
  • Hardware: developers recommend a PHP memory limit of 32 MB or more
  • Further recommendations: HTTPS support / for search engine friendly URLs you need the Apache mod-rewrite module

Benefits of WordPress

With WordPress.org you have control over every aspect of your website. You can grow your blog and add extra features such as forums, a web store, etc.

In addition, thousands of free and premium templates are available. With this, you can often create a beautiful website that has a unique appearance without having knowledge of code.

You also have access to more than 45,000 free plug-ins. These plug-ins are like apps for your WordPress blog, allowing you to add all kinds of new features.

And WordPress is search engine friendly. Finally, the WordPress CMS is the most widely used blog platform worldwide, as a result of which there are many programmers who have experience with this CMS and you can therefore easily call in external help.