You may have asked this question before: “What's the best CMS for beginners?” Maybe someone has asked you this question. The question isn't easy to answer, though. We need to understand what the person asking is wanting to do. Keep a blog? Advertise their photography business? Sell widgets? We'd like to help answer this question, and in order to keep the net as broad as possible, we're going to say “everything.” Here is the question we will try to answer in this article:
What CMS will enable the complete newbie to do just about anything — except of course write code and do complicated design stuff?
We suggest that there are at least six qualifications that this CMS should fulfill:
Those are six rather tough qualifications. We surveyed the playing field to find out who qualified. This post does not discuss our process of elimination. Suffice it to say that a lot of site builders eliminated themselves from the start thanks to fat fees. It's always hard to compete with free. Plus, there were some CMSs that were designed for beginners, but provided approximately zero options and customizability. Then there were some CMSs that had downright frightening user interfaces.
An unnumbered qualification of our CMS selection has to do with longevity. Since longevity is hard to predict, we made our selection based on popularity. Choosing a CMS isn't a popularity contest, of course, but we wanted to make sure that the CMSs we recommended were going to be around for a while. Widespread adoption of a CMS is one indicator of its potential lifespan. Thus, the two CMSs surveyed below have a high likelihood of being around for a few more years at least.
Rather than take you through the laborious process of picking, choosing, and eliminating, we're going to present you with the two winners.
Weebly oozes with awesomeness for a lot of reasons:
Whether it's for a blog, an e-commerce site, or that fashion consulting business you've always wanted to start, Weebly's got your back. Check out our Weebly review from July of last year.
Yes, you were expecting that we would feature this as a winner. How could we not? WordPress is the most popular open-source CMS on the market, and there's a good reason for that.
You may have a favorite CMS that you recommend. By all means, please recommend it in the comments below. All things considered, however, these are two safe recommendations to give to those who want a DIY website that's easy to make.