Create a website with a CMS and templatesIf you’re just starting out and you want to build your own website or blog then one way you can do this is using a Content Management System (CMS) and a pre-made Template.

What is a Content Management System (CMS)?

A CMS is a tool used to manage and modify the content of a website without having to write program code. A CMS allows you to edit, modify, organize, delete, publish the website content with the help of predefined templates, themes and plugins.

Examples of the most popular CMS are WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. There are also CMS for Ecommerce websites if you are selling online. Examples of Ecommerce CMS are Prestashop and Magento.

We have prepared a more detailed comparison of the most popular CMS for you.

Which CMS Should I Use?

The most popular CMS by far is WordPress. The reason for its success is that it is free, well supported, it has a gentle learning curve, it performs well from an SEO perspective and there are thousands of plugins to add extra functionality.

Joomla and Drupal are more complicated and if you are just starting out they may be too advanced for you.

What Is A WordPress Theme?

A WordPress Theme is a ready made WordPress Template. Some are free and some are paid for. The advantage of using a WordPress Theme is that you can see exactly what you are going to get before you start and you also save a lot of time because you do not have to go through a lengthy design process.

What Is A Responsive Theme?

If you do decide to buy a WordPress Theme or a template for any other CMS you should check that your Theme is built using Responsive Design. The main advantage of Responsive Design is that it is mobile friendly. Nowadays people are increasingly browsing the web on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. If your website is not mobile friendly then you risk losing this important segment.

Not only that, Google announced that it favours mobile friendly websites in its search rankings. That means that if your site is not mobile friendly you could get penalized.

How do I create a website with a CMS?

First you need to install your CMS. You can do this with the Softaculous one click installation software inside your hosting control panel (cpanel).

You can install applications like WordPress, Magento, Joomla and 100’s of other applications.

If you need any assistance with the script of CMS installation, just contact our 24/7 technical support or Live Chat.

You can also search for tutorials in our KB on how to install CMS scripts using Softaculous.

When you install a CMS you will get an admin area where you manage all aspects of your website.

If you are using WordPress and you want to install a WordPress Theme then you need to login to WordPress, go to the Themes section and upload the new Theme files.

Once you have uploaded your new Theme you can start to customise it to your needs.

Pickaweb´s Website Builder – An Easy To Use Alternative

If you are just starting out and a CMS looks too complex for you then a great alternative is Pickaweb’s Website builder. It’s an easy to use tool which allows you to create a stunning website in just minutes.

Pickaweb’s Website Builder is free with all of Pickaweb’s hosting plans. There is no software to download or anything like that. You just access via cPanel and you’re read to start building your new website.

What Features Does Pickaweb’s Website Builder Have?

Pickaweb’s Website Builder uses ready made templates so there is no need to code or anything like that. Once you have chosen your template you can add pages, upload text, images, etc..

Here is a list of the main features:

  • 100% Template Based – many of the templates are Responsive (mobile friendly)
  • Drag and Drop interface – no need for coding
  • No limit on number of pages
  • Upload your own images and logo
  • Easy to edit text
  • Add a Google Map so clients can locate you
  • Add a Contact Form so clients can contact you
  • Link between pages for better site structure
  • SEO features (Metatags, Titles, Headings, etc.)
  • Integrates with Google Analytics so you can see visitors
  • Link up to your favourite Social Media accounts
  • Accept Online Payments via PayPal

When you are ready  you just have to click on the publish button and your website will be available to the world. Whenever you need to make a change you just login and overwrite the changes.

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