Choosing The Right Content Management System (CMS)

April 3, 2010 by  
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Content management systems are used as an easy way to create, publish and update website content. There are a large number of different content management systems on the market, with new ones constantly being launched. Because of this huge variety, it can be difficult to choose the right one. To make things simpler, you should consider the following aspects.

Budget

The most obvious consideration to make when choosing a CMS is your individual budget. When thinking about price, do not just consider face value. You should also keep in mind the cost of implementation, support, and future upgrades. You can find open source systems which are free, however they do have costs in the long run, particularly if you are not familiar with them.

CMS Functions and Usability

You should also consider exactly what functions and usability you want from the CMS. If you are running a basic website, and the most complicated thing you are going to do is add articles and images, then a very basic and easy to use system would be ideal for you. If you are adding far more complex functions to your website, then you will need a much more in depth system. However, the more complex and advanced the CMS, the more difficult to use it is likely to be.

Accessibility

Think about how many different people will need access to the CMS. Some systems are only good at supporting smaller user groups, so if you plan to grow your business or will need a large amount of different people working on your site, you will need to choose a CMS that offers support for a large number of users.

Support and Upgrades

You should also investigate how flexible the system is. Is it easy to upgrade and add support for new web technologies? How adaptable to change is it? Some systems have excellent online support, in the form of both official and unofficial forums and websites. Those systems that have a committed and dedicated fan base are likely to offer excellent user support, where you are likely to easily and quickly find the answer to any question you may have.

Final Words

Keeping these factors in mind should greatly assist you in making the right choice. One thing is certain, a CMS will make updating your website a far simpler and more rewarding experience

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