Tips For Choosing The Right CMS For Your Website Design
October 24, 2016
In the modern web design and development sector, creating string content management systems (CMS) that offer webmasters the ability to make changes to their websites without having to navigate pages of code is practically essential.
However, with so many options available to web designers, and their clients, it can often be difficult to choose the right CMS is often more of a chore than it really needs to be. To ease the process we have a few handy tips.
Know What The Site Needs To Do?
Before you can pick a CMS that will suit your needs, you need to ask questions of the site you are developing and what it needs to do. Is it a basic business card website that won’t require much updating? Are you going to be selling products online? Does the site need to be scalable to account for business growth? All of these questions need to be answered before you can start considering a CMS. Make a list of the key features the site needs to offer you as a webmaster in terms of the content you need to display and how you need to be able to manipulate it. From there, work with your website designer to select a CMS that ticks as many of those boxes as possible.
Is There Support?
The web development space is constantly evolving, which means your CMS needs to be able to keep up with the times to ensure your website stays fresh and relevant. This means that the CMS needs to offer some sort of support in terms of updating and applying plugins, where needed. This support can come by way of your web developer offering advice on how to move forward, or through your own work on the website. The key is that it needs to be available and there should be plenty of resources for you to root around in.
Is The Content Editor Good?
A website CMS will live and die by the quality of its content editor. A poor one can leave users just as confused as if they were trying to dig their way through code to make basic changes. Conduct a detailed examination of what the CMS actually offers to the person who will actually be using it. Is it easy to navigate? Does it load quickly? Are there any things it can’t do? Webmasters need to know what the CMS is actually capable of before having it implemented and it is often the job of website designers and developers to help them gain an understanding.
Does It Offer Permissions?
Larger companies will often need to offer access to a website CMS to a number of people, not all of whom should be offered the ability to change everything on the site. In such cases, a website CMS needs to offer the ability to create roles and permissions for every active user. An overall admin needs to be able to quickly assign these roles to the people they want using the CMS, however, many platforms don’t even offer the feature.