One Question to ask when CMS Shopping

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One Question to ask when CMS Shopping

By Conor Bant, Digital Communications Manager

In this day and age, the vast majority of websites are built on a content management system (CMS). The idea of building a whole website from the bottom up in HTML, CSS and Javascript is an absolute nightmare, especially if it has any functionality. And that’s before you start thinking about making changes…

Running your website on a CMS means that simple changes needn’t be a job for developers. Anyone can pick up and run with a system such as Django or Drupal with their Microsoft Word-esque text editing interface. A CMS enables small businesses to manage their website internally without a developer, whilst larger organisations can task their web team with more complex digital requirements.

There is a whole host of content management systems available, and every website developer and digital marketer you meet with have a different preferred system. In the MAXX offices Sam likes the ease of use of WordPress although it has limited flexibility, where Toby prays to the God of Drupal every evening before bed.

But the most important question to ask when selecting a CMS to build a website around is, “what is my website going to do?”.

If you are looking at a text-based site with lots of blog content, WordPress might provide the simplicity you need. Whereas retailers would probably think about Magento for its ecommerce platform. Most CMS systems have advantages in given areas over others, it’s mainly a case of identifying what features are most important to your business.

Our current content management system of choice is Drupal, and that’s not just because our technical team swears by it. Drupal is a very flexible system and importantly provides great security. As on open source platform, developers can build upon it to introduce heightened functionality to the CMS. We’ve built online shops, product comparisons, login portals and approval systems using the Drupal interface. We’re happy to work in most PHP based systems, but the dev team will be particularly fond of you for choosing Drupal.

What’s your preferred content management system? Tweet us @MAXXDesign or leave a comment on our Facebook page.