How to choose the right CMS for our website
by Gaurav Gupta
If we want to launch a website to offer our products or services, a content management system (CMS) can save the developers a lot of time and allow us to update their pages with ease. We know that the most popular CMS is Word Press; however, there are many alternatives that may be more convenient for certain particular cases. So how do you know which CMS will best meet our needs?
Functions. What should our website be able to do? The first thing to think about is what kind of site we are developing: a blog, a portfolio, an online store, a collaborative platform, a mostly static institutional site .There are CMSs designed specifically for each of these options. Our site is likely to combine two or more of those classes. For example, it could be a portfolio where from time to time we want to publish articles; In that case, the most appropriate will be a CMS for portfolios with support for blogs.
Editor. Most CMSs offer an editing tool so that the site administrator can update the content. If the choice of the CMS falls on the development team, they should ensure that the publisher offers several formatting options but does not allow the client to drastically modify the site’s appearance.
Extensibility. We should not choose a CMS that by default offers a huge number of options that we will never use: more does not mean better. It is also not advisable to choose a CMS so simple that it prevents us from adding new features that we may need in the future. Fortunately, many open source CMS can be extended on a large scale through plugins that exceed their original capabilities. For similar reasons, we must choose a CMS that allows us to eventually add new websites on the same installation.
Support. As intuitive as a CMS, at some point we will face inconveniences in its use. The product should have a good support service or with the support of a large community of users willing to help us.