As a developer, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing which content management system (CMS) will power a website. In many cases, clients will state that they want to be able to update the site themselves. They won’t necessarily specify which CMS they want, though. That decision is often left to you, the web professional. Many of us tend to use and recommend a single CMS for our projects (WordPress, in my case). An established platform like WordPress has a great community of resources behind it. So if you get stuck on part of a project, there is very likely a solution to any problem you run into. There is also a group of programmers out there who have created their own software for managing content. They may use some existing PHP or JavaScript libraries within the system, but essentially it’s a CMS of their own creation. The decision of whether to use WordPress or a roll-your-own system is one that can stir great debate. Is one better than the other? What are the pros and cons of each? To me, this isn’t necessarily about picking winners and losers. It’s more about taking an in-depth view of why you might choose a particular path. Let’s take a look at some of the
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