Should You Use a CMS?

Posted on June 8, 2011 by
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Most web development experts will assert that CMS is preferable for most first-time website owners. CMS is a software that can provide many basic and advanced features needed by an individual or a small business. It’s so easy that people with some experience using Office applications can use it. Apart from managing the site navigation and content, CMS gives you the opportunity to add interactive features such as photo galleries, blogs, newsletter, discussion and many others. These are common benefits of CMS:

  • Dynamic content
  • Changes can be performed easily, if you’re familiar with common editing software such as Microsoft Word, you should be able to work with the CMS’s content editing interface.
  • Full control over design, you can tweak the entire site design in any way you want from a single area.
  • Support multiple admins
  • Interactive contents such as shopping cart, class schedule, discussion and many others
  • Adding links photos and various rich media is easy.
  • Proven security features

Considering the alternatives: Even if you appreciate the above benefits, you may be curious whether there are any other alternatives to CMS. If your goal is to provide information through contents, you should consider whether you should hire developers to build a system from scratch or use a readily available one. In most cases, it doesn’t make any sense to reinvent the wheel. If you want to manage your site dynamically, you should use a platform that allows you to do that. If you need to publish some photographs, you can make some changes on your own PC and upload it to the site using an easy-to-use interface. If you want to write on a specific subject, such as “car repair”, you may use a CMS-based blog and host it on a web hosting company and the company will do all server configuration setups for you. Your tasks are only to create content and make simple adjustments to the site.

Which CMS should you use? The next question would be, which CMS should you use? CMSs have been around for some time and there are many options available. Some are serving niches, while others are general-purpose systems. You can also choose enterprise and commercial-class CMSs. It is recommended to go with free CMSs, due to these advantages

  • *They are free to download, set up and use. Vast majority of open CMS are completely free, which can keep your overall costs down.
  • *They can be customized. The codes are fully accessible for everyone and you may hire a PHP programmer to make some special changes for you.
  • *They have acceptable quality.  Thousands of people are using, reviewing and improving CMSs continuously. As the result, you can get latest features and beefed up security.

Open source means a community of volunteers. While most computer users are still using closed-source operating systems and software, when it comes to CMS, most prefer an open-source CMS. This means you can easily get support a huge community 24/7 simply by asking questions to forums. It is difficult to know what CMS that’s right for your situation. But if you’re new to this field, a common recommendation is to use WordPress. It is simple, easy to use, supported by a very large community, frequently updated and the availability of so many plugins makes it a highly versatile platform. WordPress should be within your comfort zone and meet most, if not all your requirements.

About: This Article was Contributed by Raja. He is a Web Hosting industry watcher and writes regularly on Dedicated Hosting Reviews and Reseller Hosting Reviews.

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