In the digital age of today, it’s crucial that every business has its own website in order to keep ahead of the competition and as a way of reaching a wider target audience and building a larger customer base. If you are setting up or have just set up your own small business, creating a website is probably that is something on the top of the priority list. In order to create a good website for your small business, it’s essential that you find a good CMS platform. CMS stands for Content Management System, and that’s exactly what it does. In this article, we’ve listed some of the best CMS platforms to choose from when setting up your business site.

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WordPress

WordPress is probably the most well-known CMS platform thanks to its options for hosting and self-hosting. Since WordPress is a free and open source, you will have the opportunity to install it on your own host without any issues. What started out originally as a platform for bloggers, WordPress is still used widely by bloggers across the globe but now offers a range of advanced features and plugins that work well for e-commerce and small business websites. One of the most appealing things about WordPress is that there is no need for the user to have had any HTML or coding experience in order to create a well-designed and easy to use site, and editing can be done from any browser in the world and even from their dedicated smartphone and tablet app.

Joomla

Unlike WordPress sites which all share a number of similar features even when using a theme, Joomla sites don’t look anything like each other as they allow the user compete customisation of their site. Joomla is a powerful platform when it comes to an online business website, as there is the option to do almost anything with an e-commerce site and the platform is designed best to work well with sites that are more than just a blog or online content. However, it’s important to note that there is a lot of tweaking and changing of settings involved to get your online store up and running, so it may not be the best choice if you have limited experience.

Smart Hosting

Marketing themselves as the UK’s best web hosting, Smart Hosting is a web hosting platform that offers a range of great features for small businesses. Their web hosting system includes an e-commerce feature which allows you to run your online store in confidence as it is secure and 100% compliant with PCI. Smart Hosting also provides and installs SSL certificates if needed. Smart Hosting is flexible, meaning that you can install WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal applications amongst others in order to customise your site.

If you’d like to add to this list, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below! Which Content Management System and/or web hosting platform do you use for your small business website, and why would you recommend it to others?

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