WordPress is the world’s most popular website and blog creation tool. It’s one of dozens that populate the web these days. Ben Brooks says it’s time to look forward, obviously beyond WordPress.
What I want is the iOS equivalent of a CMS: Massive power and expandability presented through a simplified, easy to understand interface.
That isn’t what most content management systems provide. However, his list of ideal features doesn’t bode well for simplicity.
- Feedback forms
- Blogging (meaning a series of posts shown in chronological order, with an archive)
- Link posts
- Comments & moderation
- Integration with a payment processor for credit cards
- Ability to sell ad spots within the site’s theme, see the number of slots sold, for which date, and for how much.
- Ability to create and sell memberships.
- Ability for a paywall.
- Allow the sale of digital goods, like software, and physical goods like books and t-shirts.
- Able to handle hundreds of thousands of hits per day, out of the box, on the cheapest hosting available.
- Require no knowledge of specialist software to install.
- Installable in less than 15 minutes.
- Be fully customizable: all the code.
- Be customizable in a WYSIWYG editor like Squarespace.
- Have a marketplace to buy themes and add-ons that have been vetted like Apple vets iOS apps.
Then it gets complicated.
Almost every existing CMS only focuses on one aspect of running a site. Use Shopify if you want to sell things, and WordPress if you want to write. Use Squarespace if you want the easiest and prettiest solution to blogging. We don’t have a CMS that makes writing your business, and to reiterate my previous point, most of business is writing.
This should, and can, be easy to do — so where is it?
If it was easy to do, everyone would be doing it.