The modern market of platforms for creating websites offers dozens of solutions. So, what principles and criteria should one follow when choosing a platform?
❗ Looking for a platform to create an online store? The information below will be helpful, but be sure to read our post 🔗 How to choose a platform for an online store?
If you’ve ever had to choose between Mac OS and Windows, we have good news for you – choosing a website platform is very similar to choosing a computer.
◾ First and foremost, we are interested in the ability to install various applications – in the world of websites, they are called modules or plugins. Industry leaders have tens of thousands of modules, which means vast development possibilities for websites on such platforms.
◾ Secondly, we aim for ergonomics – convenience and user-friendliness. For websites, this relates to interfaces, the ability to create pages without programming knowledge, ease of customization, and content management.
◾ Lastly, we want the chosen solution to be reliable – free of glitches, regularly updated, and not morally outdated, with good protection against malicious activities. In the world of websites, it’s no different.
If you are currently facing a platform choice, ask the following questions about each option offered:
❔ How many modules are available in the platform’s marketplace?
❔ What does the page editing interface look like? Does it have a visual editor and fine-tuning tools?
❔ When was the platform last updated?
As of 2023, the main leading platforms in the self-hosted class are WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, and in the SAAS (software as a service) class – Wix, Squarespace, Shopify, Webflow.
❓ If the above terms are unfamiliar to you, read our post 🔗 What types of platforms exist for websites?