Planning to build a website with content management systems (CMS)? If you are exploring various options; please read this article. Content Management Systems are the best options for website development. In fact, you don't need to worry much about complex/back-end programming. Furthermore, there is usually a large community of developers supporting them. However, there are four main factors to take into consideration before deciding which Content Management Systems fit into your project. Those factors are Your Server Configuration
. your skills
, your industry
and Your budget
. The purpose of this article is to evaluate those key factors that might have a great impact on your project.
Content Management Systems and factors to take into consideration
Even though content management systems offer various advantages, choosing the right one that best fit your business requirements is important. Failure to do so, might either have a bad impact on the project or on your activities in the long run. Below are the 4 key factors that will help you save some time and money.
Factor No 1: - Server configuration
Server configuration can make you feel like a Content management system was not appropriate for your project. For instance, If your server is not well-configured, it can affect the speed
, the email systems
or even some features
of your website. Also, you won't want to spend time working on the server instead of concentrating on your project.
You have two options when it comes to server configurations. You can either make sure your server fits your requirements or make sure the cms meat your current configuration. From my experience, some website owners are bound to a configuration because of the server limitation. In the latter case, I usually advise purchasing a better server.
The best way to see the server or configuration requirements of a content management system is to visit its official website. You can also type on Google
the keywords server requirements for XXXX
where XXXX is your CMS. For example, let assume you want to know about the server requirements for WordPress. Once you search on Google, you have this WordPress documentation
among search results. From the description, you can clearly see what is required to build a powerful WordPress website
Factor No 2: - Your skills
Despite the fact that content management systems facilitate websites integration; you still need to understand how they work. Furthermore, you will need to have some custom HTML skills if you want to apply more customizations. You might need to change colours, font size, image size... For these reasons, before you choose a CMS, make sure that it will give you more flexibility according to your skills. Luckily, must of the CMS have WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get)
forms that enable users to write their content as in a custom Word document
Depending on your level in programming - back-end or front-end, take a CMS that will not give you too much headache. Otherwise, there are always custom themes that you could use that could help you to complete your project.
Factor No 3: - Your Industry or your purpose
Your industry or your purpose determine which content management system to choose. I won't, for example, choose Joomla
for an eCommerce website; just as I won't choose Magento
for a blog website. In order words, it is really important to define what you want to do with your website. On the other hand, learn the initial purpose of a CMS. The complexity of software becomes high when it was not initially designed for particular types of solutions. You can, for example, build an eCommerce website with Drupal
, but you might take more time doing what you could have done easily with Magento or PrestaShop.
Factor No 4: - Your budget
The budget determines whether you will complete your project or not. Most of the time, the problem is not even about what you have; but what you see on other websites. Many companies would want to build a $30000 website with only $1000 knowing pretty well that they might not succeed. Hence, before you start comparing, evaluate what you are ready to invest. Also, it is better to start small and improve progressively. Some content management systems project end up failing because the expectation was too hire or website owners are indecisive about what they really want. For example, they will have an initial design in the morning, and change their mind in the afternoon.
Dream of multi-million Content Management Website; but start with what you have
I am a fan of great things too; but I believe it takes time, energy and resources to build a powerful website. It is then important to plan well before jumping into the adventure.
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