When it comes to choosing a right Content Management System (CMS) for your website, lots of brainstorming sessions is needed. CMS allows you to manage, blogs, pages and articles online. If you want to update anything right away, then you have to just log in to your CMS panel. Multiple administrators can manage a website at the same time without any hindrance. An array of CMS’ are available in market but, the decision to choose the right one which suits your requirements is a critical decision.
We will try to frame some factors which act as a decisive force for determining the right CMS for you.
Set your priorities
Most important thing is to check the specific requirements of your website. Whether your website needs lots of pictorial evidence, content, videos, audio files, ecommerce website or simple static website. Depending upon all these factors, you can choose the right CMS. If your website is a blogging site, then you need blogger’s platform like WordPress. If it needs more images and videos, then the CMS which possesses robust plug-ins for this is needed. So, moral of the story is analyzing the specific requirements.
Clearly labeled and ease of functionality
Even if a non-technical user opens the backend of your website, he/she should be able to understand the basic functions of website. Everything should be clearly mentioned. Things like editing a page, changing themes, posting content etc, should be simple for an average user.
Figure out resources
If you select a commercial one or open source, it will need resources like employees, time and money. So think about it before selection and then make your move. Select the tool which is best suited for your work process.
WYSIWYG editors which are present in most of content management systems give too much control to content givers. The content is added or changed through editor only. Due to WYSIWYG editors, content providers get too much hold over the design and customization. The new editors practice with difference, so ensure that your editor works on different approach. With these editors, content givers cannot specify the appearance.
Flexible for customization
Make sure that your CMS offers flexible customization. If it does not support customization, then restriction is imposed upon design.
If you have in mind to get user feedback, then your CMS should support this function or allow plug-in integration. If so, then you can have comments, ratings system.
Support for multiple websites
You should be able to run more than one websites after installation. In case, you need a website in future, you can run it with same installation.
Integration through API
It should be possible to integrate via API.
The CMS should be well protected. It should not happen that one day all your content is gone all of a sudden.
Depending upon your needs, you can go for a CMS. Joomla and Drupal are best suited for building complex websites while WordPress is a blogging platform.