What is the best website platform?

Profile picture of the author Spongey by Spongey Posted: 04/22/2011
I am wondering what you all think is the easiest website platform that can be accessed through a user name/password (software doesn't live on your computer). I have clients that want to be able to make changes themselves to their websites later on. (Point-of-reference: Joomla and Drupal are not the easiest). Has to be cheap or free, and you can put a decent shopping cart on it. No steep learning curve.
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  • Profile picture of the author addaminsane
    addaminsane
    the flexibility that wordpress has recently introduced is ridiculous, you can do so many things with it. (this is coming from a long time joomla enthusiast)

    Sites such as themeforest.net show expamples of amazing ways you can code a template. This site has created a means for normal people to make money off of making truely amazing work. They don't need a business, they just create a bad ace product and it sells like wildfire.

    You can use custom post types that have special fields making it very easy for the lay person to correctly present a certain type of content.

    You can create a "white label" backend dumbed down for the user.

    Elliott condon has a great new "advanced custom fields" plugin, that i think is currently one of the most powerful up and coming wordpress plugins ever made for creating custom post types and page templates with super easy administration ability.
    If you simply google elliot condon and look at this plugin, you'll understand what im talking about.

    Im particularly excited about using it to create ratings / reviews / rankings type pages for affiliate sites, but the point is that it adds fields in the post type so you can very easily add content and create items associated with other fields etc.
  • Profile picture of the author Spongey
    Spongey
    Thanks for that. I will check it out.
  • Profile picture of the author StudioArtha
    StudioArtha
    Spongey,

    Speaking as a new recruit to WordPress, I second the idea: you can do marvelous things with WP. And prior to that, I always thought you had to hand code everything.

    I remember seeing a theme on Elegant Themes site (no, I am not an affiliate) that was called eStore, or something like that. Right out of the box it did everything right to payment! Shopping cart and all.

    While I did not get into the detail of it, and to be fair you have to do some tinkering to get these elegant themes to really fly. But you could have this thing up and running in one day!

    Joe-Bob says "Check it out!"
  • Profile picture of the author Adeptris
    Adeptris
    I would also go with WordPress, and ditch "a client" that wanted "free or cheap" as this would reflect on what you can deliver within a cheap or free budget.

    There are loads of good paid and free plugins for WordPress, the research, testing, load testing and tweeking of these will take a bit of time, I cannot see how you could scratch the surface in "1 day" it would take that in research.

    Lastly your time is money is that time going to be "free or cheap"?
  • Profile picture of the author Siddiq
    Siddiq
    addaminsane@ Well I was looking for this info too, Thanks
  • Profile picture of the author haymanpl
    haymanpl
    You get what you pay for in my opinion and the thesis theme for wordpress is the best Content Management System on Offer. Its a premium version of the standard wordpress framework which you can customize or simply add a premium skin/theme.
  • Profile picture of the author Evan-M
    Evan-M
    Originally Posted by haymanpl View Post

    You get what you pay for in my opinion and the thesis theme for wordpress is the best Content Management System on Offer. Its a premium version of the standard wordpress framework which you can customize or simply add a premium skin/theme.

    I've written full review of Thesis and another post on thesis seo settings

    What does thesis allow that cannot be done in the same amount of time as a default WordPress install? I find thesis very limiting , especially when it comes to layout.
  • Profile picture of the author rosarionet
    rosarionet
    Few suggestions

    osCommerce is absolutely free under the GNU General Public License and caters very well to most people’s needs. Unsurprisingly, considering how easy it is to set up and run, it’s extremely popular, powering over 228,700 online stores. Such popularity does come with a significant downside however- it makes it harder for you to differentiate your store from the thousands of others out there. If you want to stand out from the crowd, you’re going to need to use some of the 5,800 add-ons available, some of which cost money.

    Not only does OpenCart look great, it’s extremely scalable. You can create an unlimited number of categories, sell an unlimited number of products, accept multiple currencies, use multiple languages, and choose from over 20 payment and 8 shipping methods. It’s user-friendly and search-engine-friendly too, so will help your prominence in Google. Customers can even review and rate the items you sell. It’s not as popular as osCommerce, so help and guidance is not so freely available, but it’s a darn sight better looking.

    The best thing about Zeuscart is its user interface, which is rich, attractive, user-friendly and generally less boring than most of the open-source UIs that I have to look at on a daily basis. Designed with small and medium businesses in mind, users can make the most of SEO friendly URLs, gift cards, discounts, email templates and tier-pricing, which makes it possible to decrease prices for bulk orders.
  • Profile picture of the author EconomicalDomains
    EconomicalDomains
    I would also recommend Wordpress for a CMS. Basically any webmaster knows how to use it these days, and if not, it is very easy to learn.
  • Profile picture of the author Flugelbinders
    Flugelbinders
    wordpress is the ideal fit for what you and your base will need down the road. Very user friendly and easy to teach via phone/chat.
  • Profile picture of the author jt808
    jt808
    I am going with Wordpress also. It is by far the most supported and the most flexible.
  • Profile picture of the author Joewriter
    Joewriter
    For me the best Option for the website is wordpress, it is 100% user friendly and you dont have to know too much HTML to get around. Am happy to always make great sites from wordpress.
  • Profile picture of the author alswinpitar
    alswinpitar
    ASP.net is the best platform for website build and develop any website project with design and its coding. ASP.net the C# is the best web development language and it always the best website platform.
  • Profile picture of the author yash1
    yash1
    Hi,
    As i know i think HTML, java script and u can also use c# as a base for website platform.........
  • Profile picture of the author jleavitt13
    jleavitt13
    Thanks for the tips and recommendations all. I myself have always been a huge fan of wordpress. It does have the best user-end functionality and I think it also has the best longevity as compared to other CMS's they update very frequently.
  • Profile picture of the author conceptsti
    conceptsti
    Wordpress would be the easiest and have the smallest learning curve.
  • Profile picture of the author Daave
    Daave
    I think Wordpress should be recommended for the newcomers as it is really easy and can be understood by all without much efforts.
  • Profile picture of the author RenuC
    RenuC
    Use of Wordpress is universal. Several other options for building a good website are Joomla, Zen Cart and VirtueMart. They are all user friendly and easy to use.
  • Profile picture of the author candres79
    candres79
    WORDPRESS is hands down the way to go, not to mention there are a ton of plug-ins that will make your life so much easier
  • Profile picture of the author rauff
    rauff
    i am working with wordpress its looks good for me

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