We began with proprietary web software first from Adobe and then from GoLive Cyberstudio. That was then bought out by Adobe and change with each update – sometimes for the better. We moved on from that and built ourselves a Content Management System (CMS) that was ahead of its time. We know it was ahead of its time because of the plaudits that todays drag and drop page builders get. Thing is, ours was pixel perfect with elements on a grid. However, we weren’t set up to be a software company and the necessary investment and support wasn’t a road we wanted to go down. The other issue was, it was proprietary. If anything happened to our little company our clients would be left with a pup. Un-updateable and at the mercy of the ever changing browsers. There had to be a better way.
It’s 2009 and it’s WordPress
We began to explore Open source CMS and the big three, WordPress, Joomla and Drupal were all considered. Drupal looked brilliant but clients would need to be paying us a monthly fee for maintenance as well as hosting. It didn’t fit our clients or our ethos because we want our clients to choose their dependency level. Some clients want zero dependency and Drupal wasn’t going to offer that. It was also a little clunky. One down, two to go.
It was close but we chose Joomla because we saw more nicely designed sites on that platform. We then moved our decidedly average hosting to the company that hosted the official Joomla website. Wise decisions we thought…
They weren’t the worst hosts to be fair but they had more than a few moments. Meanwhile, Joomla didn’t last that long at all. The first clients that used it hated it and we swapped them to WordPress – which they loved. We focussed on WordPress from then on and haven’t regretted it.
The biggest difference now is Page builders. Drag and drop page layout design has been around for a while but now it has come of age. It’s not for everyone of course but it’s a great option for clients with a good idea of what they want design wise.