Choosing the Right CMS
When it comes to choosing the right cms for your specific needs and goals is the best but a difficult task as there are multiple platforms to choose from. As if today, where websites need to be built easily and fast, the developers are using Open Source CMS to get their job done. With the presence of thousands of CMS’s floating around the web, it is difficult to find the right one for your website.
Why Do You Need a CMS
In the earlier times, websites were built using HTML files, and each page of the site had one HTML file, and each file was edited in hand to make changes in the page. Editing various pages was a slow and problematic process. To overcome this manual changes and coding error, most websites use a back-end database to hold content using a content management system (CMS).
With a content management system, you can update your website without the need of a web developer. If you post regular updates on your website, you are likely going to get more traffic, and you also do not need to rely on a web design company for these regular updates.
What Content Management Does For You?
When it comes to selecting a Web CMS for your organization, there cannot be a single choice, and you need to consider many factors while selecting the best CMS for your site. Content management system (CMS) is an application that allows you to create and run your website. You get an admin panel which is an interface to create new pages, update pages, post images, add in your customized logo design, search engine optimized content, videos and much more. No matter how great your content may be, it will never show its impact with a poor content management system. The most popular form of the content management system as of 2016 are WordPress, Joomla and Drupal as they are free, open-source of platforms and offers a wide range of solutions for businesses of all sizes and technical expert.
The admin panel of these CMS can be used to add design themes, templates to timely change the look of your site by simply clicking the action buttons and not writing the codes or scripts at times.
Choosing among the three big giant CMS i.e. Drupal, Joomla & WordPress is one of the important tasks of the developers as each CMS has their own features and specifications which are,
WordPress, the easiest CMS to use, and people choose WordPress over other CMS because it lets us manage the content conveniently. It is pretty simple, you create a page, add it to the menu, put your content and images, and there you see the content on the front end of your website.
Joomla, on the other hand, is complex than WordPress but found the best between the possibilities of customization and user-friendliness. The complexities occur for beginners as assigning plugins to modules, positioning modules to different pages, configuring layouts and other necessary plugins are a bit different for the beginners in the start.
Drupal is sufficient for all with almost all the features that WordPress or Joomla might be missing. It is one of the finest CMS for E-commerce sites. It has got thousands of features and extensions that make it extremely flexible and customizable CMS for websites and applications. Here are a few features that make Drupal the best choice for developers.
- Protected Page Module.
- Controls SEO and Website Analytics.
- Order Management System.
- No Premium Plugins.
Before considering the features of CMS, first identify the in-house needs such as IT, marketing, sales, and others. Your IT technicians must want a CMS that fits the infrastructure, your marketing must be in need to put in few marketing tools and the sales professional might be looking for a landing/thank you page to track their visitors and leads.
You have several options when it comes to choosing the right cms, but they are not equal. A cloud-based CMS model operates on a SaaS Cloud operating model where the software is hosted, accessed through a web portal and where multiple servers are sharing resources whereas an on-premise software can be installed on any computer if purchased and can be managed internally. Choosing on-premise software for tight IT control practice is a good choice, but when it comes to scalability and backing your business ebbs and flows, the on-premise software cannot give a good shot.
It is recommended to choose a cloud-based CMS because of the following features:
With a SaaS, you can quickly scale everything like map out navigation, create a logical workflow, make categories and tags.
With a cloud-based CMS, you save your administration, maintenance and upgrade costs. You have it already on your cloud service provider, and there is no need to purchase the entire software and bear heavy costs.
Selecting CMS is based on the type of business you do, WordPress is the most widely used CMS, and almost 60% are WordPress sites. It is an open source containing web themes and templates and it is the best choice when you do not know the codes or do not have a web developer.
If you are into an e-commerce business, Drupal and Magneto will be the best choice for you in which Magento can be used for small businesses which are planning to build small web stores or storefronts. Drupal can be the best option for sites that manage many web pages and have got a good number of users on it. It is a complex open-source CMS that let you hire developers to develop a good and friendly site. All you need to do is, identify your business type and select the best CMS for your site.
About Carissa Melvin,
Carissa is a young entrepreneur and a blogger with an extensive background in marketing and design. She has an interest in social media and online business channels to showcase her thoughts about Digital Marketing, Website Development and applications.