Content Management Systems (CMS) are the magic that saves you a whole lot of stress as a website developer, owner or even designer. It’s an already made system that allows you tweak a website or blog to your needs and taste.
To build a website from scratch is an expensive endeavour and most companies and individuals in Nigeria have discovered the expediency in using a CMS for their website. Unless your needs are unique, using a Content Management System should be your first option.
A content management system is a ready-made system comprising of tools and applications that allow you organise content for your website. You can create, edit, review and publish content seamlessly using the readymade system. It gives you a lot of control and simplifies management of your website, thereby reducing the cost of maintenance of your website.
In Nigeria, like most places in the world, Content Management Systems are being relied on. We have made a list of the top Website Content Management Systems being used here so that you can easily choose if you have to.
WordPress is the most popular in Nigeria and the world over. You can create and edit the website from a dashboard that serves as a control panel. It has a text editor and access to various themes, and it allows you to tweak various components of the website. WordPress also allows the use of plugins which provide additional functionality. They have a plugin directory that houses thousands of plugins for various features. You can even build and upload your plugin or install from the directory. In Nigeria, popular sites like Naij and PunchNG use WordPress.
Joomla is a bit of a compromise between WordPress and Drupal. While WordPress can be operated by anyone with an understanding of the computer after a little orientation, Joomla requires a little knowledge of code. It allows more flexibility than WordPress and is a good choice if you are looking to build a medium or large website that would require some tweaking. It is the second most used Content Management System in the world, after WordPress. In Nigeria, it is used by organisations like Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Fidelity Bank and the Bureau of Public Procurement.
Drupal requires at least intermediate knowledge of coding for you to use it well. It is not as user-friendly as WordPress or even Joomla. And it is the third most used Content Management System in the world, and in Nigeria likewise. It is a very powerful system that allows a lot of flexibility, and it is favoured by government bodies. The University of Ibadan, Arik Air and Lafarge are among the Nigerian organisations using Drupal.
The popular Nigerian online store Konga uses a highly customised version of Magento. Payporte and Yudala are also companies that use Magento for their e-commerce activities. The platform is recognised as a leading digital commerce Content Management System. So one is not surprised that big online stores use it. It is touted as providing excellent customer experience and supports multiple currencies and languages. If you are looking at e-commerce, Magento is worth checking out.
Blogger is one of the oldest blogging platforms and is also a Content Management System, though its ideal for mostly personal blogs and hobby bloggers. It is powered by Google and completely free. It comes with a free subdomain, but you can hook it up to a custom domain. Linda Ikeji’s blog started with blogger. It’s quite restricted regarding design and layout, but it is quite easy to use, and this makes it a favourite for beginners.
Shopify is a popular e-commerce CMS amongst SMEs in Nigeria. It is purported to be “backed by the reliability and speed of MySQL databases” and “built on a foundation of open source technology that is constantly being tuned and improved.” In Nigeria, Shopify is used by glassesng.com and several others. While Shopify can be integrated with existing websites so that it will be used to manage the ‘shop’ section of the website, an e-commerce website can now run wholly on the Shopify CMS.
These are some of the top Website Content Management Systems used by companies and other organisations in Nigeria. Do you know of any other that can be added to the list, but haven’t made our top six? Please drop a comment below.
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