Top 3 Content Management Systems

A Content Management System aka CMS is an application that helps people create, upload and manage their content online. Flexible CMSs allow you to create e-commerce sites, point-of-sale apps, database & inventory tools, and much more.

There are literally hundreds of different content management systems. So how can you pick the best one?

Begin by looking at CMSs that are secure. We are dealing with online applications here, after all. A platform that offers granular privileges will allow you to assign only basic permissions to regular users, while keeping the advanced features for the admins.

Then, choose a CMS that’s got an active community. You want to use an application that is constantly developed and patched, and has lots of enthusiastic users, who are more than willing to help you if you run into trouble.

How many useful plug-ins does your CMS have? And are those that you couldn’t live without updated on a regular basis? This is another key aspect that you should take into account in your quest for finding the best content management system.

Is your CMS easy to use? You may need to develop a plug-in or to modify one of the existing source files sooner or later. And when this happens, you’d better know the programming language that your CMS was written in. And it’d better be an easy to use programming language.

Here are our top three content management systems, along with their pros and cons.

 

1. WordPress

WordPress powers over 25% of the websites in the entire world. And this says quite a few things about its flexibility.

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It has a very active community and millions of third-party plug-ins. It doesn’t have too many web creation tools, though.

Fortunately, there are lots of great plug-ins that will help you build a great looking website without too much effort.

Since it is such a widespread CMS, WordPress is often times the hackers’ preferred target. Sadly, its default security tools aren’t fantastic. But the good news is that plug-ins like Loginizer can easily prevent people from logging into your admin panel.

 

2. Drupal

Drupal is a great option when it comes to building websites that have a lot of content and are able to handle huge amounts of visitors.

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Drupal was created for advanced designers, and this shows in its admin panel, which can look intimidating to many people.

Drupal comes with a nice selection of themes, but there are much fewer in comparison with WordPress’ offering. If you want to build a great looking site you’re going to need to put in some coding effort.

This CMS has a decent number of plug-ins, so you shouldn’t run into trouble if you try to build a Drupal-based e-commerce website.

 

3. Joomla!

Joomla is preferred by web designers who want to use their experience to create unique, professional looking websites.

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Just like Drupal, Joomla has a set of add-ons that are dedicated to e-commerce. Sadly, Joomla shares the same weakness with Drupal, having a limited set of good-looking themes.

On the plus side, Joomla has an active community, people who are ready to help you if something goes wrong.

Unlike Drupal, Joomla has a nice looking dashboard that is easy to navigate. And the built-in user guide does a great job explaining this CMS’ basic features.

If you’re interested in a CMS that’s got a user-friendly website builder, Joomla isn’t for you. Still, it’s a great option to consider if you plan to build a business or e-commerce website, because it’s got lots of free, useful plug-ins.

 

How to Extend Wi-Fi in Your Entire House

Those of you who have been fortunate enough to have a large house know how big of a problem this can be sometimes. First of all, you have a lot of space to clean up. Then, Wi-Fi signal can be very weak in certain rooms.

No matter how advanced, Wi-Fi can’t be as fast as a regular, wired Internet connection. And with the newer Cat6A cables, you can easily move data at speeds that can reach 10 gigabits per second.

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The classical solution that is supposed to fix most Wi-Fi problems is a range extender, and I’ll have to admit that it works. Sometimes. Often times, you won’t get a much stronger signal, though. You’re trying to marry two different devices coming from two different manufacturers, after all. And you’re trying to pick up an already weak signal and amplify it.

Another idea is to use a better Wi-Fi antenna. You’ll need a router with detachable antennas, of course, and maybe some extension cables, but the costs aren’t that big. Not to mention that you can build your own high gain antennas, and the needed materials aren’t expensive at all.

The TCP/IP set of protocols was designed with speed and reliability in mind. If the Wi-Fi card receives a data packet that’s only got a few minor errors, it can correct them on its own. But if the packet has lots of errors, your laptop, tablet or smartphone will ask your router to resend it. So speed may be a priority, but reliability is much higher on the list. Sadly, this translates to lower Internet access speeds.

This problem has caused a lot of trouble for quite some time now, so what are the best options? A few manufacturers have started to design consumer mesh networks a while ago, and Google has recently joined their ranks.

Don’t let the fancy name scare you: a consumer mesh network is just a network that’s created using a few identical devices that are placed in several rooms in your home, being able to broadcast a signal that’s powerful enough to offer a good Wi-Fi experience.

Of course, consumer mesh networks can also be used outside your home. Restaurants, stadiums, clubs, etc can make use of these new technologies as well.

Here are the top providers of consumer mesh network devices for home use.

Eero has the “Finally, Wi-Fi that works” motto. They sell sets of three eeros that work together, providing enough Wi-Fi signal power for a typical home. You can buy a single device if you want to, but that would be the equivalent of your typical router.

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Eero sells its pack of three routers for $500. It’s not cheap, but you will always have to pay extra money for extra quality.

Luma sells a similar product named “Luma Surround WiFi”, which claims to offer fast, reliable Internet access in every room. And judging by its reviews, it manages to do that. Just like the Eero devices, three Luma routers are needed, but they should fix the Wi-Fi problems in your home for good.

luma-router

The price for a Luma pack is around $400, and its mobile app is quite advanced, being able to limit Internet access and set rules for all the devices that are connected to your network.

Google has recently joined their ranks, and I’m quite sure that its products will make a serious dent in its competitors’ profits.

The recently announced Google Wifi mesh will cost about $300 for three devices. According to the manufacturer, a three-pack set can cover about 4,500 square feet. And a single device can deliver strong Wi-Fi signal over a surface of up to 1,500 square feet.

 

 

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