With so many CMSes prevailing for website development, this article is a helping guide for the business owners in choosing a befitting CMS to make their sites go live.
Every modern business irrespective of it is a small-sized company or a large enterprise needs a website to vivify their market presence. However, each of them is unique in the services or products they deal in and hence they have some specific requirements in their mind while building a website. They wish to use an appropriate theme, post content tactfully, place interactive elements, graphics and many other which is possible using a righteous Content Management System or CMS framework. Some of the trending CMSes are Concrete5, Typo3, Joomla and Drupal. The big deal is not working on a CMS to get a website built beautifully. Any dedicated PHP programmer and CMS experts with inherent web development skills will help you build one. The real challenge is evaluating, comparing and then selecting that one CMS that would serve your purpose rightly.
So, here’s a simple guide that you and all those businesses need to look for and confirm before getting the CMS framework.
The framework is coupled with Core functions
While adding, deleting, editing and page organising are only the key functions of a CMS, you need to understand that these are just the basic ones. They cannot execute any complicated task for a custom website or any future modifications. While a basic CMS is ideal for some, it may not meet the complex needs of a custom website.
So, while choosing the CMS make sure it provides many other core functionalities too along with the basics.
Check on the Editing feature
The editor is considered as a prior aspect in every CMS as it helps in posting and placing the content, GUI elements in the site as per their wish. The editor not only allows managing content and making changes but also help the operators or owners of the site to apply fonts, formats, the background looks as per their wish. In short, prioritising the editor of a CMS will help you in designing, branding and customising the look and content of the site.
Look for multilingual support in your CMS
The reach of a website is not only restricted to the locality or area the business is based. Instead, it will be accessible to millions of people across the world as soon as the site goes live and is indexed by the search engines. So, make sure the CMS you’re opting more supports not your local language but many other popular foreign languages too.
Make sure the CMS has analytics integration
Popular analytical tools like Webmaster tool or Google Analytics are must-have integrations in a CMS because that’s the only way website owners can know how their site is performing on the search engines. They show up the volume of traffic coming to the site, visitors leaving away, the source of traffic and other aspects which help in estimating their ROI from the website.
Confirm the extensibility and security
Lastly, you need to make sure that the CMS of your choice is extensible enough to accommodate all the changes that will be required on the website as your business grows. Also, it should be coupled with the best of security features so that even the slightest of hacking attempt is identified earlier and checked.
Businesses that have a website project in mind must ascertain these before selecting a CMS for their website development. While examining all these in a wide set of CMSes is not an easy deal, but some little efforts earlier can help you reap great results later when the site will offer you great value for money.
Jonathan Paul is one the eminent Typo3 developers in Australia at PHPProgrammers, a distinguished web development firm that houses great team of CMS web experts along with programmers to help businesses get a completely tailored web solution.