How to Choose the Right Content Management System for your Website
There are numerous Content Management Systems (CMS) on which to build a website. Some are free platforms and some are available with additional benefits for are fee. They are loaded with readymade plugins, widgets and buttons that make web designing less complicated and website usage very easy.
Some of the most popular CMS platforms are WordPress, Joomla, Magento, Drupal, PrestaShop, CMS Made Simple, and many more. With a plethora of choices it can be difficult to select the one that will suit your particular website needs. Here are guidelines to help you to choose the right CMS for website creation:
Compatibility and aesthetics
Your choice of CMS will depend on whether the site should be more functional rather than just attractive. Does it need a number of graphics, animations, videos and images? Some of the platforms are not compatible with Flash-based components. Due research on which one suits the client’s requirements is crucial.
Also, some platforms have greater cross-browser compatibility. Sites created with these options will definitely load faster and display better on all the different browsers. Another factor that affects your choice is the deadline by which the client wants the website up and running. Some CMS platforms are more complicated to use for website development and the process takes longer. Using a simpler CMS will mean your client’s site is deployed faster.
Functionality and plugins
Some clients want the Google Map plugin to provide the geographical location of their company. All clients want the SEO plugin that lends greater search engine optimization features to the site. Website owners also want social media plugins that will automatically add backlinks to their website from social media profiles.
The CMS platform that is selected must provide all these functions at a single click of the button to make the site user-friendly. You must also question whether the client envisages expansion of the website at a later date? In that case you have to choose a platform that can be easily modified and its functionality extended.
Purpose of the site
What is the purpose of the website? In fact, this is the first question you need to ask the client. Is it going to be an online shopping destination? Is it an informational blog site? The functional requirements of each type are different. For the shopping site you would definitely focus on product listing, shopping cart function, online payment capability, email, feedback forms, query forms, etc on their sites. The dynamics of a social media site is again more complicated and will require an advanced CMS. But a blog site or directory that only provides information can be easily designed with simpler platforms because only a few plugins are required.
A small scale organization might prefer to use a free CMS because the budget for website creation and deployment is less. A larger organization that has a vision of globalization will naturally prefer a website created with a more dynamic CMS so that visitors to the site will have a better user experience.
Once these issues are answered you, as a website developer, will know which Content Management System will be most suited for the client’s needs.