What platform works best for a information based website?
We want to create a website that includes all local business related services information. We are in tourism sector. Which platform is best suitable for this type of information based website?
The most important thing now is to ensure the website has a responsive design. As of April 21st, Google will lower the search engine rank for those sites that are not mobile friendly. A hosting company that offers a mobile-optimized view is not the same thing. In addition, you also don't want a host that includes Flash in the platform. Search engine bots can't crawl through that code. If you have additional questions or need assistance, let me know.
At Business2Mobile we specialize in creating dynamic information based websites and mobile applications. The front end is really the least of your concern. You need a solid easy to edit back end to hold all your data. You will also want to include a search feature that will search all data that has been entered for key words or search terms, etc making the business services easy to find. We are actually just finishing up with a client that needed exactly what you are describing but for government sponsored programs to Business services. ie: Search: Where can I go to get small business financing?
To use a blog type website service such as wordpress really limits your editing capabilities within your data. If you have the right back end...people will love the front end :) Easy search and find is key to a successful directory. www.direc2u.ca shows some samples of our mobile directory application that attaches to such a backend.
For info travel sites I usually use WordPress for my clients. There are many free plugins that cover most of the things and every plugin can be customized. I don't suggest Wix as someone mentioned, because it's limited and not scalable. You can try Drupal and Joomla as they are also popular CMS platforms, but I find WordPress perfect solution for SMB websites. You have many developer, many plugins & themes, and huge community (like Joomla once had, before everyone moved to WordPress).
I use WordPress. There are plenty of unsuitable WordPress templates out there which under-perform or become corrupt. The WP design we work with has never disappointed us or our clients. It has endless variations and has never had any plug-in compatibility issues. We are in Hawaii and 99% of my clients are in the tourism business.
The right answer depends greatly on specifics about your site, you mention information, do you mean databases and related operations? Or simply information in the form of a website? I have lately worked with Django CMS, but there is not much in the form of ready made plugins and addons compared with Wordpress.
Summary ordered by architecture:
- Django is more application based and if your project is data intensive I would look into it.
- Wordpress and Drupal are probably best for a normal website, but that said they have great potential for just about any project, smaller learning curve than Django but more vulnerable security wise.
-Joomla, it is an old one, but to be frank I never quite took to it, less ready made plugins than wordpress/drupal.
PHP/Flat File(I dont generally use them, but might be worth checking)
- Ghost CMS
-Jekyll, not a CMS, it is a static site generator.
Shorter learning curve than wordpress.
Has responsive themes.
Has plugins for email campaigns, blogs, etc.
You can publish a website (private or public) for zero dollars.
Use for MVP (minimum viable product) then decide.
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Thanks to all ! Myself and my 2 team members are working on this our own project . Will surely do some more exercise before finalizing any CMS .
Either way you need a good web developer who can help define your scope and narrow down the various CMS options. For all options mentioned it is not something you can effectively roll out on your own.
You are probably going to hear a lot of advice to use Wordpress. Wordpress was designed as a blogging tool, so if your website is more blog oriented, Wordpress is a good choice.
Developers that explore all the CMS tools will choose Drupal or Joomla over Wordpress if the website isn't a blog. Both tools are better towards larger sites and are capable of expanding. The downside is both platforms, from a development side, have a larger learning curve. That explains why so many people like wordpress. It's easier to get started.
There really isn't a wrong answer, but there are pros and cons to each and depending on your requirements, 1 CMS could be better than the other ones.
Any mainstream CMS will work fine but I would recommend a responsive Wordpress theme. Google has announced that "mobile-friendly" will be a significant signal in page rank starting April 21st, 2015. Good time to launch a new site. Get a move on!