What CMS do you use for your website?

Free or commercial? What exactly?

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WordPress is great because it is easy for my clients to learn the basic's when i do dashboard training with them.

However if the required website is fairly robust, then I go with Joomla.

Thank you, Charles. I like WP. Joomla administration console isn't really user-friendly.

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I know Wordpress is the popular response, but our site used Moto CMS, a flash-based system, and our website looks beautiful. I couldn't be more pleased. And if you're willing to spend a few nights learning basic code to enable Google to pull data off of your flash based site, you'll have a much better looking site than one that's Wordpress based.

Flash can be beautiful, but it slows down your system. Most of flash-based sites have crazy navigation (like famous brands of watches, for example). It's really hard to find what do you exactly need.
We create flash-sites for promoactions only. For corporate sites, business sites it's much more interesting to use HTML5 as it is SEO-friendly and also really beautiful. You can see some animation examples here: http://diafan.7version.com - that is a internet shop we've created for russian customer.

Andrey, I believe Mason was talking about the actual CMS, which has nothing to do with your web site itself. I currently am part of a team that has built a Flex-based CMS, so I know the subject matter. So the Moto CMS product is Flash-based, and it most likely creates templates and files that are the normal HTML, CSS, JavaScript. Hope that clears some things up.

Casey, it's clear now about Moto CMS. I'll check it out :-)

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We have had great success with WordPress. The backend is relatively user-friendly for folks who have had minimal exposure to web development, which is a huge plus. The downside is that the templates can be limiting.

Thank you, Nexxus representative. I like WP too.

Hi Nexxus, I found out the big mistake was trying to keep my clients costs down by using free templates. Many have poorly written code and no support.. I now always use premium templates with valid code. I have rarely had issues with them and when i have, the tech support has been great.

many of the free templates are out of date, but so are many premium ones... i make a habit of simply building heavily customized child themes on top of a few defaults & frameworks. I find many premium themes can actually be MORE restrictive as they have so much built in stuff... i prefer to work with 2010 or 2011 and expand from there. you can get quite far away from the original aesthetic while still maintaining stable functionality. U can get exactly what you want, without the stuff you don't want.

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Wordpress seems to be the most popular but do like concrete5

Thanks a lot, Jason! I've never heard about concrete5 and will check out its features.

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wordpress... simple, well supported, as robust as you need it to be, premium plugins can do pretty much anything you need, there are 1000's of developers available for hire if you need something that doesn't exist, and updating is EASY.

Biggest reason i use it is that it's the simplest one for non-technical users (eg. clients) to learn & feel confident with. I don't work with huge corporate clients, so it fits all my needs.

Thank you, Kera!
The main problem of WP is a possibility for hackers to find one hole and inject billions of sites worldwide :) But it's true for all popular systems.

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Depends: quick Flowchart here:
Are you on a severe budget: Y- Wordpress
N- Do you have budget or time for an in-house developer, or over a 75k/year development expense allocated?
Y- Drupal or Joomla are interchangeable, good but need a professional programmer/web guru at least assisting with the management and maintenance of the site. Anyone who tells you differently is a Drupal or Joomla developer hoping you are going to finance their third Mercedes, or will leave you with a half-broken, un-updateable site.
N- Check out Hubspot- does hosting and has a 24 hour US based Tech support team, does all the backend updates for you, and the software is designed to help you put together an effective selling web site. True- it's not the most advanced CMS- but it works and you just said you don't have the budget for un-essencial fancy. And you'll save in Asprin with all the tools built in.

I've seen about 20 other CMSes through various clients and consulting projects... None worth mentioning specifically as being a better value until you have a web marketing budget of over 150k/year.
Even then, I'd spend 40k a year on a marketing/company journalist before I invested in a next tier marketing system.

Thank you for your detailed reply, Randy! You can contact me directly and my managers can make a free audit of your sites. We can propose some ways to grow traffic.

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