Purchasing the right type of CMS software is often a lengthy and stressful process. Even purchasing the most simple content management systems has its complications. In this article we hope to improve these purchasing processes by introducing our top five tips for simple CMS purchasing.
The whole point of purchasing a CMS, even a simple CMS, is to improve the way in which content is created, edited and published on your website. In order to be effective, the CMS that you choose should match and facilitate the main functions of your site. If you website will primarily be used for blogging and updating purposes, the CMS that you choose should incorporate an extensive blogging platform. Similarly, if your website will feature an ecommerce shop the CMS which you choose needs to support and improve this functionality.
Even if you are hiring a CMS developer to create your CMS-based website, the actual CMS which is chosen needs to be simple and easy to use by every relevant person in our business or organisation. Think of the people that are likely to be using the CMS on a regular basis, they may be advanced computer users but how familiar are they with techie things such as HTML tags and complex back-end structures. Whenever possible you should choose a CMS which has the most simple content management system back-end, along with a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) Editor for simple and easy page creation and editing.
As we discussed in Tip 1, the features and functionality of your chosen CMS is important. However, do not make the mistake of choosing a content management system which has more features and functionality than you will ever need. Some websites do need tons of additional support from their content management systems, however if you know, that your site has minimal functions choose the CMS to match. It is far more effective to choose a simple content management system which facilitates the main function of your site than one with hundreds of useless additional features.
The aim of a content management system is to support the process of creating, editing and publishing data and information. Therefore the main goal of an online CMS should be to create pages which have simple page code and are quick and easy to load. Clean and simple CMS page code ensures that your website will be receptive to search engine optimisation, and it will also improve your sites usability and accessibility by your target audience.
Like all technologies, online content management systems are susceptible to problems and usability issues. Although seeking technical assistance from qualified specialists is advisable during serious issues and problems, simple problems can be solved by a CMS’s support documentation and its user community. Therefore you should ensure that the content management which you choose has plenty of relevant support documentation and is well known by users in the online CMS community.
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