How to Choose a Content Management System (CMS)

Since there are so many different content management systems out on the market, it may be difficult to choose the best one. But how do you choose the best one? There are a few things you should consider to help you do just that.

Consider the content of your website, including web pages, blogs, forums, calendars, and portfolios. How your users will access this content is also important. For example, will visitors need a username and password to see certain content on your website?

Look at the functionality of your website. How is content shown on your website? Will the user need to click on a link or login to a particular area to gain full access to your content? You may also have databases, APIs, or other software tools that work with your website.

Decide who will be updating your website and find out how comfortable they are with computers and technology. Some people will need to get trained to use the CMS that you have chosen. Ensure that you choose a CMS that is fairly easy to use so that you can make updates readily instead of paying someone to do the work for you.

Here a few Content Management Systems to choose from:

  • WordPress: Great for making small changes often. It’s easy to use and is similar to using Microsoft Word. WordPress is widely used as a blogging platform, but is a useful CMS for small business websites that are page-based. Plus, it can be set up quickly.
  • Joomla: Joomla is best for websites that have different types of content in more than one place on your website without keeping that content in duplicate forms. You may have to spend a little more time learning how to use Joomla.
  • ExpressionEngine: ExpressionEngine is not free, but the licensing fee is quite low. It can handle regular page-based content and host a blog and a forum.
  • Drupal: Drupal offers many options. It is a good choice for a complex website, but the cost may be too much for smaller businesses with simple websites.

Whichever CMS you choose, ensure that it can accommodate the content on your website and handle its functionality components. Also, ease of use is also very important as you want to be able to update your website easily. Keep in mind that your website design should be kept separate from your CMS tool.

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