Our tips for picking the best CMS for your website
CMS platforms such as WordPress, Drupal and Typo3 can be incredibly powerful tools, which help you keep your website up to date, and make changes without a web developer. But with so many on the market, which is the best option for your brand?
Who’s going to be using the CMS day-to-day?
One of the most important things to consider, is who’s going to be using the CMS to create new pages and make updates. How technical are they, and what are their needs?
Will it scale?
The right CMS for your website today, might not be the right choice in 6 months or a year’s time – it’s worth thinking about how your needs will change as your business grows, and make sure the platform you choose can accommodate your requirements as your website evolves.
Is it search engine friendly?
The CMS you choose should have friendly URLs – so www.website.com/web-design-services web-design-services will rank much higher on search engines than www.website.com/pages?id=4
What technical support is offered?
Before you decide on a CMS provider, find out what technical support is offered in case you run into difficulties, or the site goes down. You should look at how you can contact them (phone and email, or just by email?) and response times too.
How customisable are the page templates?
There’s often a balance to be struck here, between ease of use and customisation. Think about all of the different page templates you need now, and which you might need as your business grows and needs change, to ensure the right templates are created from the start.
How fast are the page loading times?
Often more complex, customisable CMS platforms with a huge number of features can mean pages take longer to load – this is an important factor for how your site is ranked by search engines, as well as ensuring your site visitors don’t get bored with waiting for pages to load!
CMS platforms are often prime targets for hackers, so be sure to choose a well-known platform with regular updates – and ensure you install security patches as soon as they’re relased!
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