Content management systems (CMS) are the foundations on which most websites are made from. The provide the scaffolding for you to then build your website to the specifications you require. If you choose the wrong CMS you could find your website is severely limited in terms of functionality.
For this reason, when building a website it is extremely important to speak to your web design team about what functionality you require.
Consider what the future may bring for your business too. If expansion is a possibility then mention this to your web developers and ask them how they can help your business cope with the new work load. Here are our top 5 content management systems listed in order:
WordPress is recommended for 85% of the website design projects we have forwarded on to web design companies. This extremely diverse content management system is efficient and used by thousands of talented website developers across the world. If you want your website to do something obscure, don’t worry – many of this CMS’ plugins can be used and adapted by specialist teams to suit your requirements.
This CMS also offers a diverse range of templates which can be used for almost every single business or lifestyle sector. Many web design agencies offer low cost website design options using bespoke templates adapted to your business’ specific requirements.
Magento is a content management system that is often time consuming to work with. Like Drupal and WordPress, it has a large community of web developers that can offer support and advice via the forums.
We would only recommend Magento if you are an experienced website developer or are interested in hiring someone to manage your website once it is live. Development and even small edits can become a task with websites that are poorly coded.
Drupal is CMS that has a large community of website developers constantly uploading new themes, plugins and modules. Unlike WordPress, Drupal is more of a pure CMS. A plain installation comes with loads of optional modules with hundreds of different possibilities. This system makes complex website building almost trivial once you’ve come to terms with the program.
Drupal also has a huge catalogue of themes available which are created regularly by other website developers. Often available for a set fee these themes will create a basis for your website within seconds.
Shopify is a subscription ecommerce platform that is often limited by over used templates and a sense of paranoia that people will leave its platform. This content management system works well for many online stores that use their basic and very limited templates. However, if you want a bespoke website that stands out from the crowd Shopify is a very expensive and limited way to achieve this.
We recommend this CMS only for small businesses with no projected growth over time. Should you leave this CMS you will be unable to export your blog or products automatically. This means you will instead need to start from scratch on a new CMS.
PrestaShop is one of the lesser known ecommerce content management systems out there (along with hundreds of others like it. It’s free to use which is always a bonus, but limited in terms of templates and functionality plugins available from other developers.
We like PrestaShop because it has a quirkiness about it that appeals to us and many web design agency customers, but it simply doesn’t have the support system and downloadable content that the other CMS’s offer.
Despite this information it’s still important to listen to your web development team. Website design is daunting at the best of times. Whilst this blog is a source of valuable information we recommend you take on board your website developers’ comments and suggestions as they will understand your website and requirements.
Just make sure you make your web design team aware of what you want, and what you expect to achieve from your website during the quotation process.
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