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    Which CMS ?

    I'm looking to redesign our company's website (currently using wordpress as the cms). Originally planned just to apply a new wp theme. But then started to consider changing cms.

    I started doing some research and now wish I hadn't - many opinions. A bit like trying to sort out a hotel on trip advisor. Thought I'd come to the place where I can get some real world opinions expressed !

    As mentioned, current website is wordpress, due to the guy who put it together preferring it (I didn't have a clue about it at the time, but having had to now upgrade/maintain content/optimize SEO, I've been learning). Site has a reasonable number of pages (home, product pages, services pages, news feed, small blog, contact us, etc).

    My wife's company has also had a new website recently, and this is using joomla.

    I started comparing wordpress & joomla, then drupal got added to the mix. And other random ones - processwire, MODX.

    I'm still inclined to stick with wordpress, as I've got to know how to use the cms. But I guess if I chose another one, i'd learn that too. Also, wordpress seems the most SEO friendly. And, I'm not a coder !

    I'd welcome opinions please !

    #2
    If it does everything you want / need it to do, why change from Wordpress?

    I have four or five different sites using Wordpress, all for pretty different things.
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      #3
      I use CMS quite a lot. These days I am doing Sitecore consulting. But it costs a lot, around 100K to start with.

      I have also used DotNetNuke quite a bit, its free and open source.

      You can also consider Umbraco but it is lagging behind others.

      Both are on the .NET stack and involve a bit of learning curve.

      On the LAMP stack I have used Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, etc etc. I would say Wordpress has kind of trumped them all in terms of usage. Its quick to set up and use and easy to customise. You also get tons of plugins free which make life easy.

      So I would say stick with Wordpress if it does the job. Be sure to patch it every time there is an update.
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        #4
        Originally posted by fullyautomatix View Post
        So I would say stick with Wordpress if it does the job. Be sure to patch it every time there is an update.
        And delete what you don't use, like old themes etc. Next big release of WP is due this month or next and there are some BIG changes, so be prepared
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          #5
          Looks like I'm good to stick with wordpress and look for a new theme. Actually, I've been doing some reading up on the Genesis framework & child themes, so may give that a go next.

          Originally posted by TheFaQQer View Post
          And delete what you don't use, like old themes etc. Next big release of WP is due this month or next and there are some BIG changes, so be prepared
          Ahem, just deleted some old themes & unused plugins, thanks. At least I was running the latest wp version and up-to-date on active plugins !

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            #6
            Originally posted by Spoiler View Post
            Ahem, just deleted some old themes & unused plugins, thanks. At least I was running the latest wp version and up-to-date on active plugins !
            If you're sticking with WP, it's worth installing:
            • Sucuri Security - SiteCheck Malware Scanner
            • Exploit scanner
            • TimThumb Vulnerability Scanner
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              #7
              Originally posted by TheFaQQer View Post
              If you're sticking with WP, it's worth installing:
              • Sucuri Security - SiteCheck Malware Scanner
              • Exploit scanner
              • TimThumb Vulnerability Scanner
              Thanks. For the security side, I currently use the following:
              • Better WP Security
              • Wordfence Security
              • Wordpress Firewall 2


              Probably need to review so there aren't too many plugins installed, and also ones that overlap functionality.

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                #8
                I use Umbraco...it's a .NET CMS, nice to use, nice to develop with and very customisable.

                Wordpress is nice but it's full of holes.

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                  #9
                  Stick with Wordpress

                  WordPress is great as you can do so much with it.There are multiple plugs in that you can use,some freeware others you have to pay for.You do not have to know PHP or how to set it up on a Apache Server as it is all clink and point on the web host company C panel. If you want customized programming you can use the inexpensive Indian bid boards to get the programming done cheap.Really cheap and they are very good at it.There are many web hoisting companies. Personally I like i Pages a USA based company.Though on the monthly billing UK Banks charge you one pound for an overseas transaction. Security plugins tools have been mentioned in the thread which is right and you should use them.Use a spam comment plug in as you will get spammed.Use a CAPTCHA challenge as well to get rid of the bots. SEO is so very important for all your sites.Way the best is Yoast .Joost de Valk, developer of many WordPress plugins and an authority on WordPress & website optimization provides SEO tips, WordPress tweaks and more! I would even hire a professional company to do it.The best is in Chester (you can look them up) but they are expensive.

                  Security>
                  WordPress runs on the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack of applications. First you need to install and configure LAMP.Windows is so full of security holes and the Anonymous crew know them all believe me.I only use Lunix and WordPress you can use with it if you know how.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by garethevans1986 View Post
                    I use Umbraco...it's a .NET CMS, nice to use, nice to develop with and very customisable.

                    Wordpress is nice but it's full of holes.

                    GE

                    Wordpress is nice but it's full of holes. BS then plug them.

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