Choosing a right Content Management System is always a complex and troublesome task. This task becomes much difficult when the question of choosing a right CMS for your own company comes into the picture. Variety of CMS’s are available in the market which are associated with various benefits and pitfalls.
Generally, two kinds of CMS platforms are available in the market- Open Source and Proprietary. Open Source CMS is subjected to modification and customization according to business needs. Update and Improvisation are possible by the coders. Open Source CMS is free to download and use. While, Proprietary CMS is developed, modified and controlled by a company. It is customized based on the need of business. It is expensive in nature and charges a licensing fee to use.
The most common CMS are Drupal, Joomla and WordPress each having its pros and cons
Things to consider while choosing Content Management System
1. Extent of Customization:
The extent to which your Content Management System allows editing of your website plays a major role and is a crucial factor while choosing it. Another thing that needs to be taken into consideration is that whether the CMS allows you to add widgets, change the color and shape of layout etc.
2. Permissions and Access:
The ideal Content Management System offers multiple permission levels and allows access to multiple people. The admin can edit anything on the website. It also provides lower-level access to people who can edit few sections of the website.
3. Technical Support:
Few CMS platform provides free technical support and few platforms charge for this service. This technical support adds as an advantage in the case where any component of the website needs to be updated and you need continuous technical support and can’t afford downtime.
4. User-Developed Customization:
Most of the CMS offers user-developed customization wherein a user can create widgets or plugins. This can be done by in-house developer or a developer from outside community who has the capability to develop and promote such add-ons.
5. User-friendly nature:
The ease which a Content Management System provides to the user also indicates its worthiness and influence the user’s decision of using it or not. The features intuitiveness should be taken into consideration before finalizing any CMS.
6. SEO Optimization Feature:
Most of the CMS provides pre-loaded SEO, building your site in such a way, helping search engines to index your website. Even if you are not running any SEO campaign, the website would be SEO optimized.
Few CMS are available free while few charges for a handful of extra features. In such case, the decision of choosing the features should be taken wisely.
The main purpose of Content Management System is to provide an ease while creating and editing the content. This purpose should remain intact in the mind while choosing it. With so many CMS being available in the market, it’s very important to choose the right one very judiciously. The CMS chosen should never be sacrificed for functionality instead of the user-experience.
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