Content management systems and their suitability for your business

26 March 2018 / By TE Author

Should we get the website build from scratch or it is better to pick a CMS/framework so that the work [and cost] could be reduced to the minimum?

People often ask this question. If your brain is also struggling with the same query, you won’t remain confused after going through our thoughtful analysis of the suitability of content management systems for your business.

Performance rating of CMSs on different aspects of a good online entity

Good online entity

The response of end-users and implementers decides whether the deployed solution is effective or not. So, let us judge the CMSs from multiple angels, which play the key role in choosing whether or not to go with CMS for your website:

  • Time to build [The deployment]
  • CMS based development is less time-consuming than the core solutions as the developers do not have to re-invent the wheel. To make the process shortest, customers have the choice to pick ready-made themes and get started in no time. Or, you can hire developers to build custom themes, as per your requirements.

    Our rating: 10/10

  • User interface [The feel]
  • WordPress themes, DNN Skins, and template libraries of all other major CMSs are full of amusing and unique interface elements. Additionally, bootstrap and foundation could be used to build a beautifully-crafted CMS website. it is not difficult to design pixel-perfect and mobile-first designs, provided you have hired the right team of developers and designers to build your website.

    But still, the freedom of implementing flawlessly never-seen-before designs is more with non-CMS websites as compared to skeleton-based CMSs.

    Our rating: 9/10

  • User-friendliness
  • Again, there are a few limitations which make the CMSs ‘not-so-good’ when it comes to integrating too unique concept or features to a website. As every business is unique, sometimes it takes too much customization to mold the CMS while fulfilling your user’s requirements. If your requirement is something similar, it is better to compare the time-cost matrix of both of these options before proceeding with the wrong choice.

    Our rating: 8/10

  • Ease of online business
  • Startups are low on budget and want an easy and less costly helping hand to keep them online. Content management systems are a great choice for such companies. You can get started in no time, sell products, receive payments, showcase reviews, update products, offer discounts, and do everything just as an offline store does. The best part is – there are off-the-shelf plugins/modules to help you out in such a scenario.

    Here, if we compare doing offline business and online business with the help of CMSs, CMS bags the victory medal.

    Our rating: 10/10

  • The flexibility of content management
  • With custom solutions, you will need to hire an expert team of developers, designers, data managers and more. It is because – such solutions mostly require some technical knowledge to perform the back-end operations. Also, the back-end mechanism is not designed to be user-friendly most of the time.

    On the other side, content management systems have to serve billions of users and hence, every function or feature of the back-end is build to perform excellently. With a developer’s help, modifying the back-end isn’t tough either.

    Our rating: 10/10

  • Security
  • CMSs are secure. But, there is a problem. It requires back-end administrators to be smart and aware enough. If you installed a wrong plugin, you cannot blame the CMS for the harms it will cause. The pluggable elements are the major path, through which your website’s security can be compromised. As of build custom, i.e. totally in isolation of the world, non-CMS/custom CMS websites are more secure.

    Our rating: 7/10

  • Dynamic nature/scalability
  • If you have an old-fashioned website with static design, it could be classified as highly intolerant to dynamic behavior. For changing a single word, you will need to talk to your developer and get it done.

    Then are the custom-developed solutions, with no CMS used in the development. These solutions may or may not be scalable, as per its underlying structure and handles.

    Finally… the CMSs:

    Content management systems are highly scalable in generally, and you are allowed to add or delete as many pages as you want. The degree of scalability also depends on how the website or theme is built.

    Our rating: 10/10

  • Cost of development
  • That’s very much obvious.

    As the time and effort required to develop a CMS website are less, it costs less than the custom-built non-CMS solutions.

    Our rating: 10/10

  • Maintenance and problem resolution (as compared to non-CMS counterparts)
  • If a team of developers developed your website and is not anymore connected with you due to any reasons, it will be very difficult to understand the code and make the changes when needed. Additionally, no online community can help you here as its one-of-its-kind case.

    On the contrary, CMS development and back-end will not cause such issues. Any expert, who knows the ins and outs of that particular CMS, will be able to solve the issue without any difficulties. There are multiple online communities that can help you in resolving arrives issue too. So many times, you won’t even need experts (money-saver!).

    Our rating: 10/10

What are the best CMSs?

right CMS for your business

Okay. CMS won the battle here. So, let’s help you in picking the right CMS for your business:

  • For enterprises and mid-sized companies:
  • If you are an enterprise, you would probably need a custom-built content management system as time or budget are not the constraints with your organization. Also, security comes in the first place, right?

    Though with some training, the security concerns could be avoided if you are interested in picking CMS.

    DotNetNuke-based solutions, WordPress and Joomla! are the major content management systems, which Techechelons suggests to such solution-seekers.

  • For e-commerce businesses:
  • Magento, DNN, OpenCart, Shopify, and WordPress are the right options for online shops.

  • For bloggers:
  • WordPress development wins, with no competitors in the race!

    DNN could be the second choice.

  • For running a start-up website, service/work portfolio:
  • Pick a CMS among DNN, WordPress or Joomla!

Final question resolved: theme or custom development?

You have chosen CMS development and there are thousands of themes available for each CMS in the market. So the question remains – to go with the themes or custom development is helpful?

We would suggest you pick the custom development here. The reason is simple – Its output will be just as you’d envisioned. When you pick a theme or Skin, it may need a lot of modifications while the developer tries to shape it as per your requirement. Also, there are times when you’ll have to compromise with your choices, just because a theme lacks some features. Not soothing, right?

Above all, themes lack the uniqueness of your website should be encompassing.

So, hire custom development experts rather than buying a theme or fetching a free one.

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