How to choose a CMS (Content Management System)

How to choose a CMS (Content Management System)

If you decided to create your web project, then you need to solve a lot of puzzles. One of them is related to the content management system. Do not take it easy. It is better to study the subject carefully because correctly selected CMS in many aspects will influence the effectiveness of the resource.

What is the role of CMS?

You should note right away that any control system is suitable for various projects. Open a blog, online store and information website is available on all CMS. Often assurances that a particular management system is good or bad is based only on the subjective opinion of specific people. At the same time, it does not mean that you can choose the first CMS you find.

First of all, the work will be performed by a specific professional who perfectly knows one system, but does not understand others at all. Also, there are particular differences between CMSs, so for some projects, you can choose the best management system. It will be a pity that in a few years after project launching, you will learn that you can not make a particular option because of the engine's features.

In order not to waste time and effort in the future on the transfer of the resource, it is better to understand the features of modern CMS immediately.

What exactly will not work

If the question of the preference of a particular CMS is quite complicated, then it is quite easy to determine which control system is not correct to choose. Self-written engines are a terrible option. After all, firstly, their work will not always be proper, and secondly, over time you can break off relations with the manufacturer, and understand the source code will be very difficult. The only possible option is when you wrote the CMS yourself. Also, a wrong choice will be websites without the engine.

Choose a paid or free CMS?

The answer here is straightforward: if this option is available, give preference to a free system. Paid engines are needed only when the functionality of free resources is not enough.

Sellers of paid CMS will assure that their product is safe, quality, provides much more opportunities, etc. If you operate with points, the only advantage of paid CMS is their increased functionality. So the management system should be divided according to another principle: those that are suitable for your project, as well as all the others.

Method for evaluating the functionality of the engine

As already mentioned, most CMS features are enough to create almost any website. In this case, the creators will always call their development very functional. For the layman, it is difficult to understand whether this is so. You need to compare the functions of the selected engine with the base set to do this.

Easy to use visual editors

It was this item that forced users to switch from HTML to CMS. Using the convenient interface of the editor, you can quickly fill in the web page with the necessary information and edit the content.

Most customers need editors, with which you can work with visual data. At the same time, to publish code on the website (for example, to create semantic markup), the HTML editor is best suited.

As a result, it is worth giving preference to those control systems that have both such editors. Here we will provide examples of the most common editors.

  • WordPress. One of the most optimal options, which is suitable for the vast majority of users. With it, you can work with content in different modes. If the standard version does not suit you, you can choose the necessary solution in the plugin directory;

  • Drupal. His minimalism distinguishes this editor. As a rule, when working with this engine, you need to install a module with a full-fledged editor;

  • OpenCart. This engine is great for online stores. The editor is straightforward, but functional at the same time. With it, you can edit the information in both modes, select templates. Besides, with its help, it is easy enough to specify headers and meta-data.

Customization

Here we mean the adaptation of the management system to the publication of specific content. For example, in the case of a blog on the main page should reflect the latest post, if you open an online store, you need access to the publication of product cards.

SEO-Friendly

It means a set of characteristics, through which you can adapt the website for search engines. Choosing CMS, it is worth considering whether there are enough standard functions for optimizing the website, and also how much efforts will it take. For this it is worth to evaluate:

  • Is it support for the canonical URL and how does it work;

  • How to manage meta-data;

  • Is it integrated with analytics services;

  • the process of managing the XML-website map and so on.

Managing Access Levels

Such a tool would be useful for a variety of projects. With its help, you can give access to paid sections of the web page, open specific opportunities for moderators and so on. Remember that these are only a few of the criteria that you should follow when choosing an appropriate management system.

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