In part one of this series we detailed step-by-step instructions for registering a domain and choosing a hosting package. Now we will cover the ins and outs of choosing a content management system or CMS.
In this blog series we are covering everything you need to know about how to create a successful website from start to finish. We aim to be your guide, starting with picking a domain all the way through to search engine optimization so you get the best results from your web hosting experience.
In our last post we covered steps one and two: picking a domain and selecting a web hosting package. In this post we will cover content management systems (CMS) and which one is right for your site.
If you are new to the web hosting industry you might be asking what a content management system (CMS) is exactly. You are most likely familiar with popular CMS platforms, and less familiar with the way they work. Popular CMS platforms include WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and many others.
You can view a complete list of the applications offered by Midphase at: Softaculous.com/softwares/
What is a CMS?
Content management systems are computer applications created to design websites without you having to learn the specific programming code needed. They manage the editing, publishing, organizing and deleting of web content via an easy-to-use interface. CMSs can include automated features like publishing content that is set on a timer rather than having to log in and publish live. Most CMSs also eliminate the need for hand coding, although for complex systems some might be necessary.
CMS applications are normally available from your web host, or can be purchased or obtained from outside sources. After a quick and easy download to your server, the CMS will help you get your website up and running with ease. Because the major CMS applications are so widely used, there are usually large communities of users that can offer great ideas and helpful tips to help you succeed. This is why we encourage our clients to pick from our selection of content management heavy-hitters available within your cPanel account.
The question remains: how do you know which CMS is right for you and your website? Below is a list of pros and cons for each of the major content management systems that we offer free with our web hosting packages:
- WordPress offers an instant website that is easy to use without much technical experience, but is customizable enough to also be used by experienced web developers for more complex websites.
- WordPress is great for everyday blogging or news sites, and for sites that are looking to expand later.
- WordPress offers thousands of different templates that work for a variety of functioning websites, all of which are SEO friendly, meaning that you will rank well in searches.
- WordPress has been known to suffer from security issues due to their open source structure, meaning that every user can access the programming language used to make the website. This fact makes updates crucial for protecting your content.
- Because of WordPress’s easy-to-use templates, you won’t be able to guarantee that you have an original site. The content will be different but the layout may be shared by many sites.
- Offers a middle ground between the easy-to-use WordPress and the more technical Drupal.
- While there will be a small learning curve in the beginning, users will be able to create more complex sites with ease.
- Joomla offers strong social networking features to get your content out in front of readers.
- Great for any sort of ecommerce site and can easily incorporate an SSL certificate for added security.
- Because Joomla is a little more complicated, some technical experience is necessary.
- Joomla modules/features are sometimes hard to maintain if you are looking for a customized site. Some argue that because Joomla is so middle of the road the number of users suffers as well as the availability of options.
- Drupal is completely customizable. The user/developer has complete power over the site.
- Drupal is a favorite among developers so the modules are well kept and available.
- If you are planning on a large and complex site, Drupal is the best choice even if you may need to consult outside help to accomplish your goals.
- Drupal has a much steeper learning curve and can be hard to figure out without prior experience. It gets easier to use with every update but is nowhere near the ease of WordPress.
Once you have chosen the right CMS for your website you will be able to download the application through your cPanel account, or manually install if your CMS exists prior to purchasing your web hosting package. To access your account you will need to log in at CHI.Midphase.com with your username and password. You can also access your cPanel by entering yourdomain.com/cpanel in your address bar.
Once you have accessed your CHI account, you will need to click on the ‘Shared Hosting’ button on the left side of your screen; the icon looks like a server rack. Under ‘CPANEL ACCOUNTS’, click the corresponding domain that you are looking to access. Your cPanel will open in a frame on the right.
Within your cPanel account you will find a heading titled ‘Software/Services’. WIthin that heading you will find an icon titled ’Softaculous’ which when clicked will provide you with many CMS options for your site. Choose the corresponding application and follow the directions provided by the software of your choice.
Congratulations! You have completed step three in creating the perfect website with Midphase! If you have any questions or concern please feel free to contact our expert support at Midphase.com/support and they will be happy to assist you.
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