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What should You Know Before Selecting a CMS?

What should You Know Before Selecting a CMS?
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We are well aware of the importance of Content Management System for websites at present scenario. There are numerous open source CMS available in the market with great functionality and usability at different prices. It is certainly a challenge to select the right CMS solution for your business.

Every CMS website development differs from other in terms of features. Some of the CMS web development may be expensive for small and medium sized organization. To avoid any kind of discrepancy it is important to keep in mind certain factors while considering a CMS solution. They are as follows-

1. Check your budget

Before you consider a custom CMS website development for your project, it is essential to check your budget, as different CMS service providers differ in their rates.  It is important to note that open source CMS is free to use but you need to pay to integrate the CMS in your design, if you can’t do it by yourself.

2. Check basic features

The basic function of any custom CMS web development is creating, deleting, editing and organizing content on your site. Make sure your CMS provides you all these features, to have a full control on the content of your web pages.

3. Identify your needs with CMS

Management is an important requirement in any CMS web design. You need to check the CMS allows you management of images and files efficiently. Moreover, it should provide you basic editing tools of content like- rotating, cropping, resizing etc.  In addition to it, CMS should have ability to upload and attach PDFs, word documents and other files.  Improper management of images and files result in poor accessibility and functionality of websites that eventually irk visitors and they immediately move from such sites.

4. Choose CMS with multiple language support

All good CMS come with multiple websites and multiple language support. This is very helpful for website owners to target different markets with no language issue. You need to be assured that your CMS has this feature for sure.

5. Choose easy to use CMS 

Consider a custom cms web development solutions that is easy-to-use and highly customizable to accommodate your business requirement. Besides, it should allow flexibility for the data to retrieve and present.

6. Other useful features

User interaction and their feedback are necessary for your business growth and overcoming the loopholes. Consider a CMS that offers you chat, forum, comment, rating, e-mail, news feed and RSS from your customers.


CMS Comparison 

Let me help you decide between pair of CMSs.

                                                             WordPress vs Joomla

Choose WordPress over Joomla if you need:

— A bigger choice of ready-made designs;
— More vivid choice of plugins;
— Low learning curve ;
— Simple blogging/selling platform.

Choose Joomla over WordPress if you:

— have at least some basic HTML/CSS knowledge;
— love operating blocks and modules(like in Tetris, when you were a kid);
— are ready to learn a bit to open numerous awesome hidden functions;

                                                            WordPress vs Drupal

Choose Drupal over WordPress if:

— you are planning for your project to scale immensely;
— you love figuring out interfaces;
— you look for what other CMSs just can’t do;

                                                            Joomla vs Drupal

Choose Drupal over Joomla if:

— you tested it on your local server and you liked it;
you have experience in working with CMSs and basic web design;
— if you make a corner-stone out of your site’s design uniqueness;
— if at some point you plan hiring a professional developer.

 

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 Elaborative CMS Comparison (InfoGraphic):

source: suyati.com

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Varun Bhagat is a technology geek and works in PixelCrayons as a Sr. Technology Consultant. He possesses in-depth knowledge of different web development technology and helps our clients to choose the best technology as per their needs.

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