Rating Two Content Management Systems
Scale of 1-10, 10 being best
Get Simple: 6
With a better understanding of database driven content management it took longer than expected to install and template in Get Simple. The reason I give it a 6 though, is editing was very simple. Once importing images, and other pertinent files making everything come together and editing the material was quick inside of the Get Simple interface. Creating a backup for your site is as easy as clicking the ‘backup’ tab then the “create new archive now” button. Once the archive is created simply click on the title of the archive and zipped download will commence.
WordPress is more my speed, using the database driven system. I give it an 8, which may jump up, pending on how creating a personalized theme works. Finding installation super simple and creating content just as easy so far an 8.
Installation, Editing and Backup
With Get Simple Installation required clicking a button, UN-zipping a file, and placing the file in your computers ‘ht docs’ file within the chosen web server folder. For WordPress, I accessed my available c-panel through HostGator, clicked the ‘WordPress’ easy instal button. After clicking the button it asked for information and guided me through step by step instructions. This resulted in another sign in screen, specifically to control the newly downloaded WordPress and an easy to use interface.
GetSimple and WordPress are both considered WYSIWYG platforms, so editing in both are meant to be easy enough for somebody with little to no experience easy, unless you are interested in creating your own theme that is. In each CMS there are tabs, GetSimple tabs are nested at the top, and WordPress to the left. With Get Simple it was easy to add new pages and specify if those pages were part of the navigation and where in the navigation each are ranked.
Backup for GetSimple is easier than WordPress! Get Simple backups are created by going to the ‘Backups’ tab, clicking ‘Create New Archive Now,’ then clicking on the title and BAM a nicely zipped file of your site is downloading to your computer.
Backup for WordPress is pretty detailed. Here are the directions per wordpress.com:
Backing Up Your WordPress Site
There are two parts to backing up your WordPress site: Database and Files. You need to back up the entire site, and you need to back up your WordPress database. Below are instructions for backing up your WordPress database for various server programs. We will start with backing up the rest of your WordPress site.
Your WordPress site consists of the following:
WordPress Core Installation
Images and Files
Additional Files and Static Web Pages
All of these are used in various combinations to generate your website. The database contains your posts and a lot of data generated on your site, but it does not include the above elements that all come together to create the look and information on your site. These need to be saved.
Most hosts back up the entire server, including your site, but it takes time to request a copy of your site from their backups, and a speedy recovery is critical. You need to learn how to back up your own site files and restore them.
Here are some methods to backup your site files:
Website Host Provided Backup Software
Most website hosts provide software to back up your site. Check with your host to find out what services and programs they provide.
Create Sync With Your Site
WinSCP and other programs allow you to sync with your website to keep a mirror copy of the content on your server and hard drive updated. It saves time and makes sure you have the latest files in both places.
Copy Your Files to Your Desktop
Using FTP Clients or UNIX Shell Skills you can copy the files to a folder on your computer. Once there, you can zip or compress them into a zip file to save space, allowing you to keep several versions.
Remember, keep at least three backups on file, just in case one is corrupted or lost, and store them in different places and on different mediums, like CD, DVD, different hard drives, etc.
Use for Clients?
I would use WordPress for clients. It has been and still is an industry standard to use WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla when building websites while using a CMS. After reading several articles and conflicting opinions about database driven vs. cloud based Content Management Systems I lean more toward staying with database driven, and while reading I feel most professional feel this same way.
Likes and Dislikes
I found Get Simple hard to get started with. It could be that I was switching from home to school computers but when signing on sometimes it would not allow access.
Once installed and logged in the interface is very simple to navigate, using a tab system nested at the top of your editing page. Another feature that is nice is uploading images and placing them into the pages, it’s painless with a few clicks.
WordPress has been around a while, so upon running into any issues googling it would resolve the problem. I like that it is well known and used, resulting in tons of information online.
Installation was also simpler from home, using my current c-panel through HostGator it literally was a click of a button and filling in directed information, bam I was up and running!