Craft - Our New Favorite Content Management System

By Chandra McFarlen

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When it comes to paid CMS's here are my top choices: ExpressionEngine and Craft. ExpressionEngine has been around for a long time while Craft is a new up-and-comer. Here are the advantages that both of these CMS's offer:

  • Ability to customize the control panel user interface specific to your needs
  • Support on both the CMS and their plugins.
  • Access to tons of plugins
  • Use your own custom templates
  • Relating entries to other entries. (This article explains further: Craft vs. WordPress...)
  • All in all better platforms for more complex projects.

The first point is the most important one. I could not tell you how many times I have heard our customers say that they actually like using ExpressionEngine and Craft. And, this probably goes without saying, but if you like the tool you are using, then you are more likely to use it. I honestly cannot say that I have ever heard any of our customers with WordPress websites say that they like using WordPress. In fact, a vast majority of our WordPress customers don't even update their sites very much.

I ended up liking Craft so much that I recently changed our website from ExpressionEngine to Craft! Since we are constantly working on other people's websites, we don't update our own as much as we should. However, I think with Craft's interface, I will make time to get it done!

There are two disadvantages to paid CMS's:

I've noted these as disadvantages because that's what they seem to most people, but I really don't think they are. I am a website developer, not a mechanic. Just because there are resources out there that can teach me how to change my own brakes, doesn't mean I want to take the time to learn to do it myself. I would prefer to hire an expert to tell me which brakes I need and have them install them. In the same way, website designers and developers are the experts. Why would you not want to pay to take advantage of their knowledge and skills?

If you want to see some examples of sites we've built in these platforms, please visit our portfolio. If you want to see examples of the control panels / dashboards contact us!

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