Next to PHP, Content Management System (CMS) is the most powerful tool a web developer can employ for effective websites. The market has grown more demanding – users want faster websites that are easier to use, which turns many web developers towards the open-source CMSs. Each new day sees another CMS enter the market, so it can be hard for the developer to make the decision based on the best for their purposes.
The aim of this article is to shed light on wrong practices and provide tips that can help developers choose the right CMS for any occasion.
Picking a Content Management System made for geeks
The most important thing to remember is that the developer is building a site that will be sometimes managed by people who have less technical knowledge than you. Unless you’re making your own site, don’t pick a Content Management System just because it’s easy for you to work with. Pick the CMS that a customer or user can effectively use to do what needs doing when they visit the website. A CMS that has a simple UI is better, and then you can further customize it for the target user as needed.
Picking the bigger Content Management System
Bigger is not always better. Don’t be drawn in to a CMS just because it has this number of people using it – sure, that’s a big plus, but more importantly, does that CMS fulfill your user needs. Many people go for popular CMSs thinking that the big community using it will be helpful if they run into any problems. This is also true, but it should be an extra rather than a reason for picking a CMS.
You have to objectively look at the product, its features and the people behind the product – are they right for the job? Bigger is not always better.
Going with the smaller Content Management System
In the same vein, smaller is not necessarily better. The important thing to do is to confirm that the CMS you choose offers extensions that have all functionalities you need for your site. It’s always exciting to stumble on a CMS that shows promise, but you don’t want to sign up for it until you are sure that it has everything you need. It’s not about size; it’s your needs vis-à-vis the product features.
Not researching extensively
Before deciding on a CMS, always do your research. Look into the sites they have offers as examples. You can also send an email to the webmasters of such sites asking for their professional opinion regarding the CMS, including advantages and disadvantages. Keep your mind open.
Next, you may want to give your top contenders a test run by trying to build a site on it. If you haven’t used the CMS before, do this prior to trying it for a customer. You may think you found the right one only to find some serious flaw in it at the testing stage. This had better happen when you don’t have a client deadline beating down your neck.
Letting the IT person pick the Content Management System
In your team, whether you are a company or freelancers working together, always ensure that the Mac expert and your remote DBA services provider sign off on the ideas offered by the IT guys. You want someone who is familiar, both with user interfaces and code, to play a part in the decision-making process to get the best results. Ensuring that you choose a CMS with a good UI will save you a lot of headaches down the line.
Charlie Brown has been working in the remote DBA industry for 5 years now. For more information on database administration and management or to get remote DBA services visit his website.