Businesses are getting more and more inclined towards taking business online for greater reach and visibility. Hence, Content Management Systems (CMS) are becoming very popular. Various CMS platforms available like Joomla, WordPress, Magento, Drupal, Hippo and Jahia are widely used these days. Out of many CMS available, it becomes difficult to choose the right CMS to meet your website designing needs. This is made even harder by the fact that porting a website from one to another is not always convenient and simple. It means one can easily get ‘stuck’ in and with which CMS they choose. Some types of websites are better suited to certain types of platforms, further complicating the problem of selecting the right one.
To determine which CMS to use, the best way is to understand what the website is about and what the target user wishes to get from it. For developers and designers, some of the things to consider while selecting a CMS should be, ease of configuration, development and deployment, built-in features, documentation and the online community. Both the website owner and developer will look into factors such as scalability, reliability and performance of the CMS. Once the requirements of the website are decided, one can then evaluate the different CMS platforms available.
Points considered while evaluating should be as follows:
There are free as well as paid CMS available. On the other hand, free CMS is always not the best choice compared to paid platforms that provides extra features or dedicated support.
- Open-source VS Proprietary:
Most developers prefer to work with open-source CMS platforms as they can be easily modified to meet the needs of the clients. One may go with proprietary system as it is preferred or mandated or for better services such as support and 24-hour assistance.
According to the different programming languages, there are various CMS platforms available. It is best to let developers decide the platform they want to work with and the language they are best in.
- Built-in Features:
It is advisable to work with the CMS that provide most features as different CMS platforms support different features. However, there might be a trade-off between simplicity and features.
Therefore, choosing a right and suitable CMS for your website development will prove beneficial in long run to the business as well as for the developers and designers who are creating it.