How to Choose a CMS

WordPress or Drupal?

In most cases, Websults recommends WordPress or Drupal to clients. But each organization is different, and one Content Management System does not fit all.

When choosing a CMS, the following factors should be considered:

  1. Cost – Is the CMS license free or impose any requirements that would increase the cost of programming? If there is a license fee, is it a recurring cost?
  2. Ease of Use – Websults recommends that organizations test drive a few CMS options before deciding. If the system is not user-friendly, your employees may not use it.
  3. Developer Experience – If you are committed to working with a certain web developer, you should ask them about their experience and which CMS they have the most expertise. As with any website project, you should request website samples and client references of web developers you are considering to hire.
  4. Industry Specific Features – Some content management systems cater to a particular industry. Although these niche CMS solutions may be less known, they may be perfect for your business type. If you know your website will require a custom feature, you should confirm that custom feature can be integrated into the selected CMS for your web site.
  5. SEO Friendly – Server-side CMS software adds code to all of your web pages. Does the CMS produce pages (source code) that are Google friendly?

A content management system (CMS) is software that integrates with a website that allows non-technical users to easily update or edit web site pages. In other words, someone who does not know HTML or CSS programming languages can edit a web page via a CMS. For many clients a CMS gives them more control and a sense of ownership. There are a plethora of CMS options, which can make the choice of a CMS intimidating.

Indeed, a server-side CMS offers great accessibility and flexibility. If you are traveling, all you need is a computer with Internet access to login and make updates to your website. For this reason, most companies elect to install a server-side CMS when developing a new website. The most popular content management systems in this category are:

  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Joomla

But, there are literally hundreds of CMS options available. Many of these applications are free (no software license cost). In many cases, these freeware CMS options come pre-packaged with web hosting accounts (ready to be installed at the click of a button). The cost of server-side CMS options ranges from free to thousands of dollars.

If you have any questions about content management systems, please contact us.

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