What is a CMS?

Content Management System is a stand-alone application that enables you to have full control over the content of your website. You can start publishing, editing, modifying and updating information on your site in a consistent and structured manner, with almost no technical skills. Using a CMS can saves time and money.

Some of the benefits are:

  • quick update and publishing
  • you control different levels of access to the digital content of your website
  • you can customize ‘the look and feel”
  • you can expand functionality
  • you can concentrate on the quality of the published content
  • improve SEO!

 

CMSs are used for Web sites of all shapes and sizes. The systems  can be broken down into two main categories: Proprietary CMS and Open Source CMS.

Proprietary CMS

Using Proprietary CMS does not mean that it is a better solution than the Open Source CMSs. You are required to pay the cost of all licenses and follow the policies of the CMS propriety owner. In many cases the license will restrict and prohibit the duplication and alternation of the source code. Except that, there is another downside…the fact that many web hosting companies do not provide support for Proprietary Content Management Systems. So you should think twice, before deciding to invest in a Proprietary CMS.

Open Source CMS

There are many open source solutions. Which one is the right one for you depends on your specific Web site requirements. The most popular  Open Source Systems are WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. They offer different solutions, functionality and support. They are free and allow you  to customize the system. The fact that the CMSs are FREE does not mean that everything is free. There are many companies that are specializing in theme and plug-in development and offer a low-cost licensing fee for integrating their products in your Content Management  System. Again, the fact that they are paid does not mean they are better than the free ones. Usually, the third party developer provides free product support. Do not forget that the popular CMSs are supported by a community of developers who continually improve the systems. Open Source Systems are safer because many people share code, and collaborate in solving security risks.

Do I need CMS for my website?

If you plan to publish information daily, weekly or monthly, the answer is definitely ‘Yes’!  If it is not necessary for the content of your web site to change, you can go with a static site. Just remember that when you update  a static website, it can be a time consuming process and usually involves digging into coding.

How to select a CMS?

Selecting a Content Management System can be tricky. Think about the set of features that are important for your website.  Try to pay attention to the built-in features, add-on features, management, customization, SEO features, ease of use, security and support. Try to implement a process of elimination based on criteria such as technology, budget, social media integration, multilingual support, and workflow. It can save a lot of time.

There are many online resources where you can research and compare different content management systems. As a starting point, CMS Matrix is a great resource.

If you cannot make up your mind, find professional assistance. It is a little investment that pays off in the long run.

Selecting the right Content Management System can be a bit of a challenge. The quantity of available products, proprietary and open source, is huge. There are so many various factors for you  to consider.   Try to understand the advantages and the disadvantages that each system offers before you select the CMS that meets your business requirements!

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