Programming vs. CMS. Why do most companies only prefer WordPress or other CMS software these days? But what is CMS and why are they so popular? A content management system (CSM) is software that can be used to create, edit and publish web content without any programming knowledge.

What are the most used CMS applications:

  • WordPress
  • Shopify
  • Joomla!
  • Squarespace
  • Wix
  • Weebly
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Blogger


You have probably heard of them or are using your own CMS. WordPress is the most widely used open-source CMS on the market worldwide.

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WordPress

WorPress Theme


But why is WordPress so popular?

  • More than 58,000 plug-ins and tons of free design templates
  • ‘Five-minute installation’ via wizard
  • Search engine friendly URLs
  • Publishing and management tools for mobile solutions

What are the requirements for a WordPress installation?

  • Web server: Any server with PHP and MySQL / MariaDB support (recommendation: Apache or NGINX)
  • Middleware: PHP 7.4 or higher
  • Database: MySQL 5.6 or higher, MariaDB 10.1 or higher
  • Further recommendations: HTTPS support
  • You can easily navigate to WordPress via the C-Panel of your hosting account.

C-panel


The installation takes place via Softaculous Apps Installer. And you’re ready to go. The theme selected first can of course be changed. You can choose a suitable one from thousands of themes.

There are free versions and Pro versions, whereby the Pro version has more functions. Most themes also offer their own demo templates that can be redesigned according to your own needs after downloading. This in turn saves a lot of time and can be used to create an overwhelming website.

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C-Panel

CMS and programming


Even if you do not need any programming knowledge for WordPress, it is an advantage to have basic CSS and HTML experience. The first time you use WordPress with no prior knowledge, it can easily get frustrating. You should first familiarize yourself with the functions and interfaces. For me, WordPress was a taboo area in the beginning. I just couldn’t find my way around.

I hated this system. Why? Because I’m studying web development. I program websites from scratch. There are a lot of students in the field of web developers and web designers, but also full-stack developers. But will we still be needed or fully deployed in the future?

I started learning web development two years ago because it is a very exciting area and development in this area is growing rapidly. With YouTube and online courses I then learned how to create simple websites. I also learned to work with JS and frameworks. A web developer never stops learning. You don’t want to stand still on one level.

Is it cheaper?


I do believe that WordPress or other CMS software is cheaper than a website from Scratch. Although when programming, I can design my site according to my own ideas. But it’s also more work than a pre-made design. It takes a lot of preparation. The layout, the design, the color combination, etc. With WordPress themes, this is already given and can then be redesigned according to your ideas.

When programming, on the other hand, a structure has to be built up. What tools do I use? Which program do I use for photo editing? Animations, linking the contact forms or would you prefer to work with frameworks? The latter is a simplification of the programming and is also often and gladly used, as it shortens the working time. Since such websites are more work, there are also higher costs. Therefore, a cost estimate is usually made.

WordPress, on the other hand, has a lower cost and the website is also created much faster. Adding content is also uncomplicated and easy to manage. WordPress pages can be linked with Google Analytics Tools and equipped with SEO-capable plugins. So you always have your website in view and see how many visitors have looked at your website or read your content. This is very important, as it promotes the ranking.

CMS WP easily learned

My first experience with WordPress was in a 5-week training course about programming. In this training, we also dealt with WordPress. Which was a nightmare for me as I’ve never been confronted with it before. I was just starting to learn web development. The trainer wasn’t much help either, we had to learn everything ourselves. Since I was the only one of the other participants who had never used WordPress, it was more of a challenge.

We worked with Divi and I felt like a zero. Of course, everything is just drag and drop, but you still have to know how and where to install the blocks correctly. For a complete beginner like me, it was a difficult task to complete.

Now you will understand why I stayed away from WordPress. But not anymore. I now have 4 WordPress pages on my own, and I am a blogger. One page is in German, the other in English, another page for animal welfare, and my business page is currently being created. I learned the most important things through a course on LinkedIn and also a course from Udemy that gave me even more information.

Closing word


I don’t think you will be without web developers in the future. But it is sure to be more and more difficult to land orders or customers with self-developed websites, which are also associated with more costs. WordPress and other CMS will certainly be used more because they are suitable for everyone and even inexperienced people can easily put together a website.

On the other hand, WordPress developers are also wanted to program WordPress themes. I will continue to program and educate myself because I enjoy it. And also deepen my knowledge of WordPress. I also hope that in the future I will have the opportunity to carry out assignments for clients and create amazing websites.

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