Free CMS guide: best alternatives to WordPress

Maybe you’re just starting out with a blog, or perhaps you already have a site and adding new content page-by-page with your favourite HTML editor is taking more time than it should. It sounds like you need to choose a Content Management System (CMS). Getting the right one when you start out is important because changing direction can be both difficult and time-consuming later on. So how do you choose? Over the following pages we’ll provide a few pointers to help you decide what’s best for your publishing needs.

The first questions to ask yourself are: “Do I actually need a CMS?” and “How often will I update the content on my site?” If you only make a couple of changes monthly, or even over a year, then the answer to the first question is probably no. If, however, you’re looking to create a blog or a site that’s updated frequently, or your content is updated by multiple authors, then the answer is definitely yes. It’s not just the ease of organising and editing content that may prompt you to set up your site this way. By installing a free CMS, you get access to services and features such as RSS feeds, SEO-optimised URLs, plug-ins and other tools that can all be integrated easily into your site.

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