Starting a new website can be both a challenge and extremely exciting. Particularly if it’s something you feel passionate about. These days, there are lots of ways to go about the task at hand. First and foremost you can either choose to do it yourself or you can hire someone to do it for you. This article is going to assume that you’re going to do the leg work yourself and that you have at least some experience with web development and running websites in general.

software options

The options we discuss below are not the be all and end all when it comes to platforms to host your website but they’re by far the most popular. Of course you may well opt for a completely custom build and do away with the traditional content management system entirely. That’s the beauty of it. The choice is completely yours!

So let’s dive right in and kick of with what is undoubtedly the most popular content management system and blogging platform on the planet. The ever popular –

WordPress

As mentioned above, there is really no more popular platform these days than WordPress. It started off as a platform for people to run personal web logs or journals but has transformed into much much more. Whilst it is still heavily used as a blogging platform, you’ll now find hundreds of thousands of sites running it that is in no way associated with a blog. You can even find fully functional e-commerce stores using WordPress coupled with glorified plugins like WooCommerce being operated on a WordPress blased platform.

The main reason for it’s success is the fact it’s free, extremely quick and easy to use and has a wealth of themes and plugins available from third parties. This means that not only can you get a fully functional website, in any style, pretty much for free – but you can also get something live quickly and easily as opposed to waiting months for a third party designer to create something for you at a significant expense!

Drupal

Drupal is perhaps for those who want something a little more powerful than WordPress – although that doesn’t mean it’s not easy to use. It just has more features and ultimately more scope out of the box. Using Drupal you can create pretty much any kind of website. Blogs, simple sites, advanced sites, ecommerce stores – whatever you need Drupal is capable of doing it but given the amount of alternatives and free alternatives on the market it doesn’t carry a huge marketshare when compared with other, similar content management systems.

If you are feeling adventurous though I wouldn’t be too affraid to give it a go. There are a lot of tutorials on Drupal such as this one I came across which pretty much walks you through the entire process.

Joomla

If you don’t want to operate a blog and you really don’t want to use WordPress, your best option is Joomla. Joomla allows users to create pretty much any kind of website. Like WordPress, there are also a wealth of themes and plugins available but where as with WordPress your look and feel is somewhat limited to the theme, Joomla blows that out of the water by offering a modular based design allowing you to effectively drag and drop single elements around your page and lay it out exactly as you see fit without being confined to the limits of a WordPress theme and widgets.

Options for E-commerece

The ecommerce software sector has actually seen quite a lot of growth over the past few years. It seems more and more people are turning to online shops in order to make a living as opposed to content sites making an income via affiliate offerings.

In terms of the software, there is what I like to call the big 3. These are Magento, Shopify and WooCommerce. All of these have free options and all of them allow you to spin up a store in a matter of minutes. All of them also have a wealth of themes, plugins, modules and various ad ons at their disposal which like with WordPress is a big part of the reason they’re so successful.

In my opinion, one of them is no better than the next one so it’s really just going to come down to personal preference as to which you think is the best for your needs. All of them have the same sort of capabilities and features so once you’re learnt and understood one there will be no real reason for you to change over to something else.

There are others if you find that any of the big 3 don’t suit you for whatever reason so feel free to do your own research but in my opinion it’s probably best if you stick with Magento.

Conclusion

This article should hopefully go some way into outlining the primary options out there for your new build. Obviously this is just a small selection, there are more out there, much more, but the above is enough to cover pretty much any build you can dream up.

Building a new website can be a fun experience and with the right software there is no reason for anyone not to be able to do it.

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