It’s a difficult question to answer. Why? Because, apples and oranges are both fruit, but it’s hard to quantify which one is better for you! We can help you decide which one is better.
What Exactly Is A Content Management System (CMS)?
Wikipedia, describes a CMS as follows:
“A web content management system (WCMS or Web CMS) is a content management system (CMS) software, usually implemented as a Web application, for creating and managing HTML content. It is used to manage and control a large, dynamic collection of Web material (HTML documents and their associated images). A CMS facilitates content creation, content control, editing, and many essential Web maintenance functions.”
Building static websites with all HTML/CSS pages was fine a few years ago, but with a CMS you create what is called a ‘dynamic website’. Dynamic means it can be changed on demand. All information is stored on a server that can be changed at the drop of a hat. That means you can easily change the content without any hassles. Fixed means it stays the same all the time. You need an HTML editor to change the files and images.
A good CMS allows a website owner to concentrate on the most important item: The Content.
Evaluating a Content Management Systems (CMS)
The choice of CMS will depend on your needs, which include your target audience, security of data, scalability, and even your familiarity with using CMS interfaces.
What to look for in a CMS:
- Flexibility and Ease of Customization
- Extensibility via Plug-ins and Modules
- No Need for Programming Knowledge
- Optimized for Performance and Speed
- Documentation and Community Support
- Emphasis on Web Standards and Best Practices
Evaluating content management systems (CMS) can be an overwhelming task, not because it’s rocket science, but simply because there are tons of them to choose from that may meet your standards.
To make things simple, we evaluated the following Content Management Systems that meet the requirements for most of our clients:
As a customer your website requirements will fall into one or more of following areas:
- Microsites — small informative websites or blogs
- User friendly backend
- Readily available plug-ins or extensions
- Easy to use
Our Recommended CMS: Wordpress.
Ideal for small informative and small products (1-10) websites, which require basic CMS feature.
Costs: FREE — No licensing cost. Most of the plug-ins are free, but some very useful plug-ins are available at a low cost.
- Regular Content Websites :
Requirements: Regular websites with requirements for little advanced CMS features such as creating pages, articles, and polls and surveys, only require basic design or branding and insignificant functionality customizations.
Recommended CMS: Joomla
- Ideal for corporate intranets
- Event websites.
Costs: No Licensing cost. Most of the plug-ins are free, but some very useful plug-ins are available at a low cost.
- Massive Content, Multiple Webmasters, Members Features :
Requirements: If you need a website (or multiple sites) with a significant number of pages, articles with community features, and memberships needs to be highly secure.
- Ideal for News type websites
- Articles websites
- Community websites with no budget to pay Licensing costs
Recommended CMS: Drupal
Costs: No Licensing cost. Both free and have some paid plug-ins available.
- Enterprise Portals :
Requirements: If you are an organization that needs a secure platform to manage multiple websites from a common CMS, manage multiple user types, have social networking and e-commerce features integrated in addition to features such as creating pages, articles, blogs, forums, polls, unique branding, and custom functionality customizations
- Ideal for enterprise
- Big organizations
- Intranet portals
Recommended CMS: Kentico
Costs: Starts from USD $1999.00 –It is highly customizable.
Net Solutions has gained an expertise in building websites and portals using the above mentioned CMS over the past 12 years. To get more information on which CMS is best for you, please feel free to contact us or you can also reuquest a free consultation with one of our CMS expert by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the websites Net Solutions built using the above CMS solutions:
More details about comparison of these CMS on various technical parameters can be found from following sources: