Which CMS should I choose?

by 8Ball
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Hey Warriors

I'm planning to start a website comparing the prices of racing bicycles. The idea is to have a page for each bicycle model, and show the prices at different webshop at the bottom of the page for each bike.

Can anyone recommend a good (and preferably free) CMS for this kind of a website? The only CMS I have any experience in using is wordpress, but I would be surprised if this was the best solution for this kind of website.

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author rain21
    joomla is suitable for you
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    • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
      I know a guy who does product price comparison sites like this with Drupal and it works out quite well for him. There's a ton of CMS systems that can do what you need to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author charlso1
    mind you wordpress is easy to learn but can be compare with joomla. Joomla is the best CMS, just play around it
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  • Profile picture of the author Eduardo2
    affiliates love WP because it is so easy to build websites on this platform.
    very fast (especially using templates)

    I know designers prefer Joomla
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  • Profile picture of the author Rozanne
    I don't think there is anything easier to manage than a WordPress CMS. And its fairly stable and safe so you don't have to worry about that.
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    • Profile picture of the author 8Ball
      Thanks for your replies. I think I'll give Joomla a try. It can be auto-installed from my hosting, so it's the easiest way to get started
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      • Profile picture of the author LinkPark
        Joomla is a good choice, but you may want to have a look at Contao ( ex TypoLight). It's well designed and easy to use ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author zeeshi570
    Joomla is best you can use it. You hav most of plugins available. Can creat custom plugins
    Best
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  • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
    Joomla hands down... wordpress only if you have a blog, that is all. Joomla would be best for you.

    Once you get more advanced then you could move up to drupal!
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  • Profile picture of the author claudemai
    Wordpress is the king of CMS. Try if for yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author FabianSmith
    Joomla ..........
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    • Profile picture of the author grin
      IF you are willing to get into Joomla, do it. Among all the huge differences I notice this for newbies - wordpress can find plugins on the backend and joomla has most of them listed on their extension site. Once you get a feel for what Joomla can do, that really won't matter much. If you want to go further with WP, then you might want to check out some of the commerce plugs like wp-commerce and upgrades from getshopped.com which can create a categorized store.

      In all actuality, if you go around looking for components, modules and plugins for either, you will end up putting the same amount of work into it. However, if you want to know what the BEST is for comparison shopping, I would say Magento, but that is a little more complicated to deal with.
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  • Profile picture of the author Iqbalbd
    I have seen a lot of CMS but i think Wordpress is best. Lol.............
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  • Profile picture of the author massivemarketing
    My vote goes for Joomla as well. Our design team uses Joomla all the time and the responses we get from our clients are amazing. If you need customization work to be done, feel free to PM me.
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    • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
      Originally Posted by claudemai View Post

      Wordpress is the king of CMS. Try if for yourself.
      NO, absolutely not. Nowhere close! Wordpress is a BLOG!!!! Do you not understand that? It can be users as a blog primarily but as a full site it is ugly, loose coding, and one of the weakest CMS's out there. The only reason you say it is the king of CMS is because you have no idea what you're talking about and you just like how simple it is, to put up your next spammed out site. Plain and simple, that is the truth right there. Wordpress is for people that know nothing about development and design. Don't get me wrong, I have seen a FEW developers that work with wordpress because of the huge base of idiots that use it, and they can actually do decent work. However, wordpress is for blogs, if you use it for your site you will typically be referred to as an amateur.

      Originally Posted by Iqbalbd View Post

      I have seen a lot of CMS but i think Wordpress is best. Lol.............
      Yeah, judging by your website you have SOOOOO MUCH room to talk. That is possibly one of the worst wordpress sites I have seen.

      Guys, you aren't talented, you don't know what you're doing, and your opinion means nothing when it comes to web design, if you aren't going into the code yourself. I notice people like wordpress because you can get a site up in 20 minutes.

      Saying wordpress is the best CMS is like saying the best web design is achieved through weebly or website tonight with godaddy. It is just not true.

      This is FACT. The major three CMS's, are wordpress, joomla, and drupal. Wordpress is the LEAST flexible, the LEAST functional and the LEAST attractive of the three. This is the very basic, lowest level CMS. In fact I think reliant CMS is better than wordpress.

      Next we have almost a tie between Joomla and Drupal. Joomla, still user friendly, but very flexible, you can do pretty much anything you want with it. Many extensions, but also great if you want to create your own templates and add your own module positions. You have the option for ecommerce with virtumart, which is pretty robust. Joomla is about 100% better than wordpress. In fact even wordpress professionals will have a hard time beating someone in design with joomla, even if the developer is just average.

      Then we have Drupal. Drupal is like joomla except more robust, and a lot more room for programming. Very tightly coded, this isn't for 90% of the "developers" out there. Drupal overall beats joomla and wordpress, but the difference isn't too huge between joomla and drupal, it just depends on the project which would be best to use.

      E-Commerce = Magento. THE BEST in regards to ecommerce. I had someone trying to tell me it is better to sell products through wordpress... that person is a complete imbecile.

      Here is the thing guys, just because you don't know any better and can't figure out anything else, "easiest" doesn't mean "BEST".
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  • Profile picture of the author Nspire
    I like joomla the best. The learning curve for joomla is much harder than Wordpress for sure.
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    Joomla is best and suitable for everyone. Even i use it for 2 years.
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  • Profile picture of the author godwinsam
    Hi Mates
    I Recommended on only Joomla CMS..because its a User friendly and SEO Friendly CMS
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  • Profile picture of the author crescendo
    Yes ! Joomla is Best
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  • Profile picture of the author dpavid
    Drupal. I have compared WP, Joomla and Drupal for the past 5 years. Drupal is the most robust but has the highest learning curve. Most will suit anyone's needs though.
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  • Profile picture of the author jimba
    If you use Joomla, you need to get the joomseo plugin.

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    • Profile picture of the author majurski
      Try both, Wordpress has better UI.Wordpress will give you the chance to make you SEO easy.With permalinks, just one click.Joomla also has this option don`t forget.At last you may use both, as I do.
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    eonicweb is the best CMS i have used
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  • Profile picture of the author kaytav
    Wordpress is the best one , and the leading one also ,
    Very easy to use and loot of free themes and plugins .
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  • Profile picture of the author erikfast
    It depends on your needs and your existing level of knowledge. One CMS is not necessarily "better" than all the others. If you choose a different CMS, you have to be prepared to spend the time learning it.

    Wordpress lets you build sites quickly and optimize them for SEO easily. So I stick with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author ample
    Unless you're focusing to know more about CMS, you can try joomla. Otherwise my thought would stick with wordpress.

    Play to your strength and focus on your site's content. You can look up for layout and design at themeforest.net. Wordpress is more than just blog.

    good luck.
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    MODx; it adjusts to your HTML and not the other way. Super light, super powerful, super SEO friendly
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  • Profile picture of the author claudio777
    I used both Wordpress and Drupal and for your case I'd suggest Drupal: it may be a little bit difficult to learn at the beginning (at least for me) but trust me you can do anything with it. Moreover the Drupal community is very helpful.
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    I suggest to use wordpress. It's simple and easy to use!
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  • Profile picture of the author Scoop
    I have used Joomla, Drupal and Wordpress, and in fact I have switched my preferences over time.

    Drupal is really good for high-end web developers where a lot of customization is needed, but it is overkill for most purposes.

    Joomla has a lot of great features and would suit most people's needs. It was my preferred CMS for a time. I found a few elements of it quirky but liked the full range of features.

    But in the end I have returned to Wordpress, which has improved massively over the years and is now a full CMS and not just blogging software. It is very quick, simple and flexible once you get away from the limitations of standard themes.

    If you are building a lot of sites it is better to pick one CMS and stick with it unless you have a specific reason for going elsewhere. That will increase your productivity as you can repeat patterns and clip bits of code as required. For me I just find Wordpress fits the bill but that is not to say that the other two couldn't work equally well for other people.
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  • Profile picture of the author emhi
    Wordpress, Joomla, but i recommend you to use custom CMS. Custom CMS is best which will design according to your need.

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    • Profile picture of the author emhi
      I can give you custom CMS according your desire/need. Content manage, image gallery, video gallery, testimonials, events, new and announcements and more you can update yourself easy to use admin panel. After completion cms you shall be given training to use back end. How to updates content, news, events, announcements, video gallery, image gallery, testimonials and more.


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  • Profile picture of the author rosesmark
    Joomla and WordPress both are good for website
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  • Profile picture of the author sktechno
    Word Press is easy for a newbie while Joomla is on slightly on a heavier side. CMS sites are best in Word Press for a starter and you can find a lot of free plugins. Building a new plugin in Word Press is easy as compared to Joomla. But if have experience in working with CMS based site, my vote will go for Joomla

    A paid CMS with lots of plugins is MemberSpeed.com
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  • Profile picture of the author caspial22
    I don't think there is anything easier to manage than a WordPress CMS. And its fairly stable and safe so you don't have to worry about that.
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  • Profile picture of the author simesp
    If the design and full CMS funtionality is required then has to be Joomla, if you want a quick build with a wealth of templates and pluggins for free, then its gotta be Wordpress
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  • Profile picture of the author johnmarsh12
    This program will allow you to work from the back end of your website, making changes that are live on the website within seconds.Jentla has provided multi-site CMS to the websites for organisations such as Mission Australia, the Australian Local Government Association and Urology Today. The company began back in 2005 with two partners but has now grown to over 40 staff.

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  • Profile picture of the author moonheart
    Joomla is best for you. You can lots of module for product price comparison.
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  • Profile picture of the author RenuC
    Joomla or Drupal. These are you best options. You can choose one from the two based on your specific requirements. Drupal has great standard compliance and content levels. Joomla is great for shopping carts, templates, web editors.
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  • Profile picture of the author petermark23
    Mostly I can use Joomla for content management system. It would require just a minimal duration of instruction session with your clients to empower them to easily manage their websites themselves.Post content through the browser-based interface with all the simplicity of a word processor. Add tags by pointing and clicking, organize images easily, and publish your finished pages almost instantaneously.
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  • Profile picture of the author madhatseo
    OK - having done this for a long time, take my advice:

    1) If you're talking about price comparison and doing manual page editing like everyone here is describing, buy a lot of alcohol. You'll be working round the clock every day updating pages when prices change. I don't know how static they are for bikes but are you going to check every site every day/week?

    2) If you're doing it manually, none of the CMS options listed will make any difference. Wordpress is easiest, Joomla is more complicated and messier but also has more extensible modules (if you really need all that stuff), Drupal is suicide unless you need to build something and are considering hiring a developer to customize it (which might be the best option if you're hiring a programmer to do a price comparison module.)

    3) So much is dynamic. You're better off finding a module or plugin that will pull data from other sites and find out which of these three CMS systems will work best.

    Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author addison.agnote
    I suggest that you use Joomla. It is one of the easiest ways to quickly design and create your own website. You can easily create a wonderful looking website with loads of functionality.
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  • Profile picture of the author mahesh2010
    Hello ,

    Congrats for your Idea for making the website.
    you can use e commerce Cms Magento is One among them which is best for building e-commerce CMS and have a Great Features .
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  • Profile picture of the author gillzManiju
    Go ahead and use Joomla. There are some great extensions. It is a bit hard to get the website to look nice but you can always buy a theme.
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    This program will allow you to work from the back end of your website, making changes that are live on the website within seconds.Jentla has provided multi-site CMS to the websites for organisations such as Mission Australia, the Australian Local Government Association and Urology Today. The company began back in 2005 with two partners but has now grown to over 40 staff
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  • Profile picture of the author ningnewstar
    Hello,
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    Here is my skype : joomla.fan

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    • Profile picture of the author kettlewell
      Every job has a different "best" tool to use.

      Sure, you can use a peen hammer to nail in big nails, even though it will hammer bigger nails in a pinch, but really wasn't designed for the task.

      And then there are more general purpose things that can do just about anything (bubble gum, duct tape and bailing wire come to mind).

      The question of "best" is also in the eye of the beholder. Is it ease of use? ease of design? speed to completion? speed of execution? There are many definitions of "best" for a CMS

      With that said, there's really only 3 major open source CMS platforms that are worthy of consideration, and they are Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress.

      They can all accomplish the same thing (or nearly so), but each may require a different level to accomplish different tasks.

      Drupal is considered more of a developers platform, and is less user friendly, but has tight coding styles that a developer will find pleasing.

      Joomla I consider a step up into easier user interfaces, but with a larger user base, and a repository of extensions available.

      WordPress is probably the easiest to use from an end users perspective, is well documented, and has the largest user base and extensions to choose from. From this perspective, you can build sites quicker because there are so many drop in modules that do what you already want to do.

      I've seen review themes out there for all the platforms that will do what you want, and you can even use Magento (as suggested before) or even BigCommerce or ECWid to create a catalog style shopping cart.

      I'm hearing a lot of argument for or against certain CMS platforms, but really, it comes down to how comfortable you are in digging in to do the work. The more saavy you are, the more choices you have.
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  • Profile picture of the author LegendLeo
    I use wordpress to make any kind of site, really easy and very effective in every kind of website.
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  • Profile picture of the author ebarcena
    I personally think the best CMS that suits most projects is ExpressionEngine.. but unfortunately it has a price tag.

    WP would be my second choice
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  • Profile picture of the author kellijhon
    Am prefer JOOMLA
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    Joomla is the way to go.
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  • Profile picture of the author EvaBrown
    I suggest you to use Joomla. It is good and user-friendly software. You will great website with good features.
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    i use drupal for all my sites...
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  • Profile picture of the author Nexstair
    Wordpress is best for you.It is easier to use and more SEO friendly.
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    Drupal is best for you. you can try it.
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  • Profile picture of the author dreamyhost
    Obviously JOOMLA. because joomla is the best open source CMS. There has a lot of extension of joomla. You will l never find as much extension as joomla has..
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  • Profile picture of the author GGurls
    I've always looked at Wordpress as a "blog" type CMS and not actually a full CMS. Joomla or Drupal would be the way to go.
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  • Profile picture of the author jacobnsteve
    I know a person who does not like the product price comparison site that works with Drupal and it's quite good. There are a ton of CMS systems, you can do what you need to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author logowarriors
    You will never find User friendly CMS like Wordpress. Joomla is also better. But my choice is always Wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author deelow
    wordpress for sure!
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  • Profile picture of the author positivethinking
    "prices of racing bicycles" sounds like you need product catalog pages. If so, wordpress is not good solution. Consider oscommerce.com. It's free and open source solution.
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  • Profile picture of the author positivethinking
    One defect about wordpress: If you don't host wordpress on your own hosting, you cannot use widget with javascript or iframe .. There are many restrictions because of security reasons. Google blogger allows javascript, iframe by default.
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  • Profile picture of the author supershoesclub
    a lot of my friends are using the joomla to creat their compare price system inlcuding me. We all think it is easier to manage and deal with all problems.there are so many modules you can insert for the new site.why not have a try?
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  • Profile picture of the author adammck
    I think Wordpress is great, but for this project then i'm unsure.
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  • Profile picture of the author KimboJim
    WordPress is great for a lot of things, but I don't think it would work well for a price comparison website. I tried this before and it just ended up looking sloppy. I'd have to go with Joomla.
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  • Profile picture of the author PeachCoding
    For this type of project I would recommend you use Joomla. As it's free and very scalable. Plus later on you can have a custom component built fairly cheap that will make the bikes listing something you can easily manage from the admin backend.

    Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author JimRiley
    I think you like a website some thing similar to this.

    httx://diamondbackbikesreviews.com/

    an if yes then you can use WordPress on your website.

    replace x with s.
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  • Profile picture of the author rozarfrazer
    I also suggest joomla.
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  • Profile picture of the author amanchem
    i thing wordpress is the best one in cms category . because it has lots of features and plugins . it will surely improve your website quality .
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  • Profile picture of the author davidjones25
    I'm planning to start a website comparing the prices of racing bicycles. The idea is to have a page for each bicycle model, and show the prices at different webshop at the bottom of the page for each bike.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mattds
    For me it's got to be joomla. Although i'm not as proficient with it as i would like to be, i can still build a decent website with it.

    I have tried wordpress and its fine for a blog but definetely not robust enough for a proper website.

    Like others have said Drupal is a good choice but their is a big learning curve involved and unless your a developer it's not worth touching.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hafeez
    As far as CMS is concerned all CMS including Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal are good. Each CMS required a different level of expertise.

    In my opinion no CMS can provide you the price comparison facility. You need to hire a developer to get this job done. This job can be done even in Wordpress but required custom programming.

    Personally i recommend Joomla for this job but still you need to hire a developer to get the data as feeds from other sites and display the comparison of prices or you can learn more if you are planning to do it by yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author frankjames018
    Using the Magento platform will enable your business to easily outrank your competitors on a consistent basis. This boost in search engine rankings translates into more traffic and more profit for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author pcgun007
    Joomla will work good for you
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