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How to choose a content management system for your website?

Anita Pava – Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Comparing content management systems

There are so many content management systems (CMS) to choose from, so how do you know which one is the right fit for your business and website? Of course, it all depends on how complex your requirements are and what you'd like your website to be capable of doing for your business.

We’ve included a summary of our ‘top 3’ favourite CMS, that are both easy for you to use and provide almost unlimited functionality.




1. WordPress

Without a doubt the most popular CMS we use (and on planet Earth). It’s especially great when coupled with WooCommerce for businesses requiring an online store and shopping cart. WordPress ‘looks pretty’ from the inside and, because it’s so popular, there’s a heap of functionality that can be plugged in to your website for added functionality.

Noteworthy:

✓ Most popular CMS, according to W3Techs in 2016, with 59.5% of the market share.
✓ Perfect for a simple website, or a small website packed with  lots of functionality – a huge range of options are available, for example photo/video galleries, blogs, forums, Google Marketplace tools, shopping carts, and more.
✓ Open source programming, so you can host almost anywhere.
✓ Regular updates to WordPress and plugins are essential, to keep your website safe.


2. Magento

Magento is for the serious punter. Especially if you’re talking ‘thousands of products’ in a shopping cart, then Magento is your friend. But because it’s so powerful, it does mean you’ll require a more premium type of website hosting – such as a VPS (virtual private server hosting), which can get expensive. Magento permits a lot of functionality and variations for workflow notifications – it’s a great system, but not warranted for your average 10-page website.

Noteworthy:

✓ Fourth most popular CMS, according to W3Techs in 2016, with 2.8% of the market share.
✓ Very powerful and appropriate for shopping carts with thousands of products.
✓ Open source programming, so you can host almost anywhere – but you’ll require a VPS hosting solution.
✓ Regular updates to Magento are essential, to keep your website safe.


3. Adobe Business Catalyst

Adobe Business Catalyst (BC) is a fantastic customer relationship management (CRM) system, with a built in https security certificate. If your business has many customers that require regular interactions with you – for example a secure ‘log in member zone’, to book for events/courses, teaching/training areas – then certainly consider BC. It’s a SaaS CMS solution, meaning that you must host with Adobe for the functionality to work (i.e. you cannot bring your own hosting plan). It has a built-in newsletter tool, so you can manage your own EDM mailout campaigns and examine a bunch of statistics. We love their web apps (a bit like making your own plugins), to enable all sorts of things for our clients.

Noteworthy:

✓ SaaS CMS, so you must host with Adobe.
✓ Most secure – no known instances of an Adobe BC website hack.
✓ Great for customer relationship management and marketing.
✓ Built-in newsletter system for your EDM (newsletter) campaigns.
✓ Awesome 'web app' creation tools.
✓ Adobe automatically update the software for you.



 

If you’re considering a new website and are confused about which CMS to choose, we’d love to help.

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