In the last article, we looked at WordPress, Joomla, Bitrix and DLE systems. Now let’s move on to the second four:
Free CMS, last updated 27.06.2014, website www.drupal.ru
The Drupal installation process is fairly standard. It’s just that it is installed in the English version, and after installation, you will still need to deal with Russification.
Creating and editing regular pages, menus and blocks is not difficult. Many themes, templates and additional modules have been created for Drupal.
This system has a myriad of forums and competent documentation. Although sometimes, in order to find the right solution, you will have to re-read a lot of information.
2. MODx (Modex)
Free CMS, last updated 04/04/2014, site modx.ru
It will not be easy for a beginner to create a site on MODx, since no template site is created during installation. After installation, you will get just a blank page.
And at the same time, MODx allows you to realize absolutely any idea. It is a very flexible CMS builder. No templates. All blocks are created independently.
There are additional (and free) modules for MODx, and in large numbers. There is also a lot of documentation and various forums for MODx.
But this CMS has a major drawback – website development will require certain skills (at least knowledge of HTML and PHP basics). If the site is created correctly, then further management of its content will not cause any difficulties.
3. Ucoz (Yukoz)
Free CMS, website www.ucoz.ru
uCoz is a free content management system and hosting for sites created using it. To create a website on uСoz you don’t need anything, you don’t even need to buy your own hosting.
uCoz is a very lightweight content management system that even a beginner can handle. However, despite this, it cannot be called ideal.
The first drawback is that it is not possible to specify arbitrary title titles and meta description tags for individual pages, which has a bad effect on the search engine optimization of the site.
In addition, ad units are used on uCoz websites, which is a paid service to disable. And another disadvantage is the rather slow hosting.
There are a lot of different modules in uCoz (they are already there by default). And this huge choice can play a cruel joke with the owner. Sometimes quite serious sites add a clock, a calendar, a weather forecast and even mini-games, which puzzles users.
Paid CMS, website nethouse.ru
The simplest CMS for online stores (in principle, you can make a regular page on it, but it would hardly be advisable to pay for it). The process of creating a website is no more difficult than filling out a page on a social network. Intuitive and simple interface. Easily add products to catalog and edit pages.
But the system is very inflexible. The design can be chosen only from the proposed options for templates and colors. Many blocks have a strictly defined place in the template that cannot be changed in any way. Additional modules for the system are not provided, but the basic features are quite extensive (product catalog, online store, blog, comments, etc.).
So what should you choose for your website?
Based on our experience in website development, we can give a few tips:
- If you need an online store with an author’s design, but without high costs, Joomla or Drupal is your option.
- We are ready to pay money for stability and versatility – 1C Bitrix.
- If you need a comfortable solution with the most simple management, and you are ready to agree with the template structure of the site, feel free to choose Nethouse.
- Business card website or company blog? WordPress to help you. You can also use DLE or uCoz to create business cards.
- Well, if you need a multifunctional and flexible system (with a non-standard structure and functionality), rely on MODx.