Okay, so your buddy has his own local business in Mobile. It started it very small but is now beginning to expand and the company needs to broaden their audience of consumers. What better way to do this in this day and age than with a website?
But where to start? That is the age-old question.
Seeing as it is a local business, they most likely do not have the resources to hire a firm to come in and construct a state-of-the-art website. Therefore, they must do it on their own and need a content management system (CMS) to aid them in building this site. There are a number of CMSs out there to pick from but the main three always seem to be WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.
After reading some of the articles on Sakai and doing a little perusing on this website, I have come to the conclusion that WordPress is the best CMS for a small local business to use when creating their own website.
Based on the chart above, WordPress offers the most free themes and plug-ins, which allows for a lot of flexibility for the user. It also requires very little skill needed, such as no real experience with HTML, CSS, or PHP (although, it has the option to add content through the use of coding for extra customization).
From the author of the above article and four experts he paneled, WordPress is the best CMS for small to medium sites as well as for beginners when it comes to website development. It is a free platform to use with the ability to pay for features to increase the quantity and quality of functions available to you.
One final benefit to WordPress is that since it is the leading platform for CMS-based sites, there is a large community of support and users with knowledge to answer questions and solve problems.
If you are looking for more information on these three CMS platforms, check out this article on opensource.com.