What pushes you over the edge to a CMS conversion?

If you’ve ever struggled with the support and documentation for your CMS, pulling your hair out for hours while working on a client site, then you’ve experienced what I like to call “CMS Blues.” It’s that feeling you get when you just can’t find the right solution to your problem. When searching, you find people that have a problem very similar to yours – but not your exact problem. You attempt the solution they provide, only to make it even worse!

When Enough Is Enough

If you’re using a CMS that isn’t very popular, you’re probably very familiar with the CMS Blues. Due to the smaller userbase you are likely to have less support, less documentation, and a smaller overall community to help you with your problems. It’s a sad truth of small communities that they tend to get even smaller due to the lack of support.

One of the very best ways to combat this isn’t to stick it out on the less popular CMS. Instead, smarten up a bit and make the switch to something that is well-supported – like WordPress. I can tell you that after my 4th database corruption on Joomla and 2nd on Drupal that I was more than ready to shoot on over to WordPress and give it a try. I heard a lot about it but always thought, “I don’t want to follow the crowd on this one. I’m comfortable with my CMS!”

The Sweetness of Simplicity

When I finally made the switch, I realized that I should have switched years earlier. Gone were all of the headaches and the night-long searches into the depths of Joomla and Drupal support forums. I didn’t have to any of it anymore!

Now, that’s not to say that I didn’t have any problems, but I was very surprised to find that almost any trouble I ran into could be solved within a few minutes by searching through the WordPress Codex. The Codex is a gigantic knowledgebase that is put together by the WordPress team. It blows the knowledgebase and FAQs for Joomla and Drupal out of the water. It’s so thorough and covers every single aspect of WordPress, from basic things like installation to very complex topics like installing WordPress Multi-Site.

Don’t Let The Frustration Build

If you’re struggling on your CMS of choice and have been for a while, it may be time to make the switch. Measure the time that you spend solving problems versus the time you spend actually creating content, interacting with users and building a vibrant community. If you find that you’re blowing a lot of time on the former, you know it’s time. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and make the leap!  Services such as BlogWranglers can help move your website from any platform to WordPress.

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