CMS Comparison

Posted on 14th April 2016

When choosing the right CMS for your small business website it's important to consider what the pros and cons of each CMS are.

Most Open Source CMS systems are complex to cover every possible functionality (whether needed by you or not) and will require a web programmer to make customisations to tailor it to your small business. Examples of open source CMS systems are Drupal, Joomla & Wordpress.

If you are a small business then a CMS like the Toolkit that is feature rich but designed & tailored for the needs of the small business is ideal.

Most small business owners are told that Open Source is the best and most cost effective solution for any website. However this is nearly always put forward by small, start up web design companies who by using Free, Open Source Software don't have to invest in their own systems.

As the CMS systems are not their own these companies don't usually provide any support, customer service, protection from hackers or daily back ups.


CMS Comparison Chart

Here are the main comparisons between The Toolkit and other CMS platforms based on its usage for Small Businesses:
 

The Toolkit

Release date1999

AboutEasy to use, developed specifically for small businesses and novice users and offers full, one-to-one support by UK based team.

Operating system

Overview

Customer support

Ease of use

Security

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

Security & Reliability

CMS Developed In-House

Protected Against Hacking

Daily Security Audit

Daily Backup

Protection from Virus and Spam Attacks

Support & Training

UK Based Support Team

Free & Unlimited Training

Local Rate Telephone Support

Dedicated Support Site

Email Replies Within The Hour

Easy to use for Computer Novices

Development & Future Proofing

Automatically updated with New Features

New Releases & Features tested in house

CMS Developers employed by Web Company

Source Code Protected from Hackers

Guaranteed Ongoing Development



 

Wordpress

Release date2003

AboutBegan as a blogging platform. Mostly used by small web design start ups as there are no development costs for them to incur.

Operating system

Overview

Customer support

Ease of use

Security

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

Security & Reliability

CMS Developed In-House

Protected Against Hacking

Daily Security Audit

Daily Backup

Protection from Virus and Spam Attacks

Support & Training

UK Based Support Team

Free & Unlimited Training

Local Rate Telephone Support

Dedicated Support Site

Email Replies Within The Hour

Easy to use for Computer Novices

Development & Future Proofing

Automatically updated with New Features

New Releases & Features tested in house

CMS Developers employed by Web Company

Source Code Protected from Hackers

Guaranteed Ongoing Development



 

Joomla

Release date2005

AboutA middle ground between Drupal & Wordpress as it's easier to use than Drupal and offers more complex options than Wordpress.

Operating system

Overview

Customer support

Ease of use

Security

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

Security & Reliability

CMS Developed In-House

Protected Against Hacking

Daily Security Audit

Daily Backup

Protection from Virus and Spam Attacks

Support & Training

UK Based Support Team

Free & Unlimited Training

Local Rate Telephone Support

Dedicated Support Site

Email Replies Within The Hour

Easy to use for Computer Novices

Development & Future Proofing

Automatically updated with New Features

New Releases & Features tested in house

CMS Developers employed by Web Company

Source Code Protected from Hackers

Guaranteed Ongoing Development



 

Drupal

Release date2001

AboutA powerful, tool for building complex sites. However like most powerful tools, it requires developer experience to operate.

Operating system

Overview

Customer support

Ease of use

Security

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

Security & Reliability

CMS Developed In-House

Protected Against Hacking

Daily Security Audit

Daily Backup

Protection from Virus and Spam Attacks

Support & Training

UK Based Support Team

Free & Unlimited Training

Local Rate Telephone Support

Dedicated Support Site

Email Replies Within The Hour

Easy to use for Computer Novices

Development & Future Proofing

Automatically updated with New Features

New Releases & Features tested in house

CMS Developers employed by Web Company

Source Code Protected from Hackers

Guaranteed Ongoing Development

 

Summary

The Toolkit

Perfect for the small and medium sized business who need a professional website. Great for people who consider ease of use and customer support at the top of their requirements. An all-round great CMS with very high security.

 

Wordpress

Ideal for everyday blogging, personal or non-commercial sites, hobby sites and news websites. Good for people with small budgets and some coding knowledge. Security is a big problem and often causes issues.

 

Joomla

Best deployed as a community platform, due to strong social networking features. Can be a bit tricky to use at times and support may be harder to find.

 

Drupal

Best suited to complex and advanced sites that require complex data organisation. Possibly the most difficult to use and requires developer knowledge.

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