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WordPress

Should I use wordpress or business catalyst

Should I use wordpress or business catalyst as a CMS

I think you could try out both first? It really depends on what you need to achieve & what CMS you feel best with ...

I love WordPress. It's free, and open source, which means, it's being developed further day by day, by a big community. Using plugins (i.e. "WooCommerce" for shop-solutions) and (premium or free) themes, WordPress becomes a powerful CMS beyond "just a blog". You don't need to know how to program code, to make it look & work great, but if you're ready to code, you can turn it into pretty much all you need it to be ..

I have used wordpress for several years and really find it great for site development and beyond (integration with other software using plugins). The company I just joined mentioned business catalyst because they lightly use many of the adobe software aps. I looked at it and could not see what the advantages were except that it is more centralized with e-mail marketing, web site building, eCommerce and analytics. I am afraid that the simplicity of it all will lead to just that, simplicity and not much power, flexibility and integration capabilities with outside software.

4 Answers

Zac Gordon
STAFF
Zac Gordon
Treehouse Guest Teacher

WordPress.

Happy to provide more feedback if you can describe your project needs and skill level a bit more.

Hello Zac, The project is a site development using a theme. The theme needs to have basic functionality for now. Web forms, content development, social media, seo and SEM. Possibly e-mail marketing connectivity, login accounts for customers and sales people. I hope t all makes sense. Philippe

Zac Gordon
Zac Gordon
Treehouse Guest Teacher

And what web development languages do you currently have experience with?

CSS, HTML and some Javascript!

Zac Gordon
STAFF
Zac Gordon
Treehouse Guest Teacher

I would suggest learning WordPress. You will have to brush up a little on PHP first, but we have two really good tracks on learning WordPress, one for just learning how to use it and one for development:

teamtreehouse.com/tracks/learn-wordpress teamtreehouse.com/tracks/wordpress-development

I have used Business Catalyst a few times, but I think you will find WordPress easier to learn, more support offered and easier to customize with either code or plugins.

I have used Wordpress for a few years and I agree. Good to get some logical confirmation. Thank you. Philippe

Cisco Rendon
PLUS
Cisco Rendon
Courses Plus Student 37,290 Points

I would have to say wordpress, Business catalyst is a good CMS but in all honestly it is just a suped up Dreamweaver (not sure if you are familiar with that product). It is only HTML/Css based which is not a good thing if you are going to be the admin of the site. Understanding the mechanics of how a site works is better than just dropping and dragging the images. If you need to make a design change and the framework that Adobe develops is very foreign to you, you might end up making major mistakes that will need to re-build the entire site from scratch