CMS COMPARISON – Choosing the right CMS for your website is NOT just an important decision BUT it’s the most important decision that you will ever have to make for your website. The type of CMS that you need is depending on many factors:

What is /are the purpose(s) of your website? Is it for informational based only? Is it for e-commerce where you sell products or services online where shopping cart is needed? How often and what update do you need to do for your website? Do you have your own webmaster or your own IT team internally to provide tech support or is it something that you have to depending on an outside vendor to do it? There are so many questions and variables that you have to consider in choosing the right CMS. Yes, it’s a tough decision but you have to do your homework and hopefully from your research; you will come to the right decision. The worst thing that you can do to your business is to avoid making this difficult decision of choosing a right cms for your website by making a cms comparison.

Regardless of what your business is or what type of CMS you will need,
followings should be in your checklist when making a cms comparison:

Ease of Use – You have heard it before “it’s as good as you know how to use it”. This “Ease of Use” is more important to you when you have non-webmaster or average user managing and editing your website.

Control – How much of control you needed when it comes to managing your site? The least you would asked for would be a CMS that allows you or your average staff to make texts and basic images change on the fly without any programming skill. If you have an e-commerce site and each time you need to change the price of an item and you have to come to ask a programmer to do this; then it’s a no good CMS. To be real, there are certain parts of your website should be off limit to the average user or content editor to protect security and stability of your site.

Scalability – The ability to add or expand it as your business grew or changed without having to re-do it all over again.

Marketing Tool – After all, your website is a marketing tool and for many firms it’s the only marketing tool. A good marketing tool should include tools such as E-mail Marketing, Social Media Integration such as FaceBook, Twitter, etc, Web Traffic Analysis, Online Customer Database, Search Engine Optimization Tools.

Security – This is one issue that people don’t think much about until it’s too late. In today’s web design world, most web design firms used ready made and open source CMS like WordPress to accelerate the development process and save cost. There is nothing wrong with using this development methodology and strategy. In fact, I highly recommended it unless you have a good reason that you have to “reinventing the wheel” by writing your own CMS. That is one great thing about now day website development. It is a thousand times easier than in the early days where we have to create everything from scratches. Some of the CMS we wrote for our customers from scratches 10 years ago that costs our customer up to $25,000 now it’s no match for some of the free released version such as Magneto E-commerce. However, since it’s open source and it’s being used by so many especially some of the plugged-in modules were made by some online community; this means there is a greater risk that there are hackers that know how to access to your backend or know some of the “holes”. So security must be your concern and dealt with from the beginning.