Choosing the right Content Management System (CMS)

Following on from our previous post on the benefits of your CMS, we’re going to have a look at how to choose the right CMS (Content Management System). Choosing a Web CMS is a big decision. You must look for and understand the essential features that will address your business needs now and in the future.  We’ve listed below what you can expect from a good content management system, beginning with baseline features and progressing to advanced features.

Choosing a CMS may happen at various stages:

  1. You need a brand new CMS
  2. You need a scalable system for your growing business
  3. You may be replacing a solution that no longer meets your needs

Whatever the scenario, look out for these features:

  1. Ease of use
    A Web CMS should offer design flexibility and allow content contributors to manage and customise the look and feel of pages, without being technical experts.
  1. Mobile readiness
    Did you know that 94% of websites are accessed via mobile? It’s a fact of life, visitors are viewing your website from a mobile device. You must choose a Web CMS that provides tools and capabilities that work and look good on mobile.
  2. Easy-to-use templates
    A CMS should offer “templating” capabilities so you can create and easily duplicate content, as well as structural details such as page layouts.
  3. Scalability and performance
    Your Web CMS needs to load pages quickly and maintain high performance as your website grows (and not look messy or slow down!)
  4. Good SEO
    Look for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tools, so that your pages rank well in search engines
  5. Easy and effective on-site search:
    Your visitors and potential customers need to be able to find what they’re looking for!
  6. Support available
    What service and support levels are available from your CMS vendor? Make sure those meet your needs.

For help in understanding the topics above please do contact Viable Design. We want to make the process of designing and developing your website as smooth and pain-free as possible for all our clients. Whether you’re tech-savvy or not at all, it doesn’t matter. We’ll help guide you through the process every step of the way. Get in touch today to start the ball rolling…

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