Why Do You Need a Web CMS?
Have you ever regretted the decision to purchase a Web CMS?
Whether or not you have, to avoid the risk of answering positively to the above question, ask yourself the most important question: Why do you need a Web CMS to begin with? Once you know the answer, it will make it a lot easier to choose the best for your organization’s needs.
There are so many choices out there that it can be an extremely overwhelming experience and decision when purchasing a Web CMS. There is also no one size fits all CMS platform on the market today that will provide everyone with the best solution for their budget and technical requirements.
However, there are some key pointers that can help you narrow down your choices.
A content management system offers website administration and control to create and manage the web content with ease of use. Most companies have a Web CMS – open source or proprietary – so make sure you weigh in the pros and cons of each. Apart from the core must haves, see if your organization needs a CMS with any or all of the following:
- E-Commerce Application
- Online Forms
- Content Migration
- SEO and SEM Friendly
- Social Media Integration
- Intranet Solution
- Multi-Lingual (Globalization)
- ERP/CRM Integration
- Mobile Responsiveness
Having a reasonable budget is also a key element to selecting a CMS. What is the size of your organization? How complex or simple are your needs? What can you get for your budget? Be prepared to look into the costs associated with your needs.
Another thing to consider is the usability of the CMS system. If the web-management and maintenance is mostly done by the non-technical staff, learn how it works for them. Can they make changes easily or is it a battle? Purchasing a Web CMS is an investment and there is nothing worse than getting no return on a (possibly expensive) investment with an added frustration.
Last but not the least, good ongoing support from your CMS Vendor is crucial to maintaining your workflow (and sanity) – especially if your needs are complex. You may not have an immediate need for support, but in the long run, lack of support calls for immense trouble.
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Jade is a content writer for CMS-Connected, facilitating the needs of the company blog. Bringing 10 years of Search and Digital Marketing to the table, he strives to build informative, relevant and fun editorial posts for the blog feed. Jade is an ultra distance (26.2 miles+) trail runner and lives to run trails in and around his home town of Victoria, BC.