A few things to look for when choosing a CMS

Given the complexity to edit on static site and increased maintenance costs, most of the small businesses are switching to a CMS. Since the website pages are stored in simple text, editing, publishing and searching is made easy. Developers and designers are the ones that benefit largely from it as they are offered with increased flexibility to alter the functionality and design. CMS makes use of a database that enables integration of extra features such as blogs, news feed, calendars, and mailing lists into the websites.

Content Management Systems are available plenty in the market and choosing the best one could be a hard task. There are things to consider while choosing an ideal CMS for your website.

User friendly and flexible
Unless a CMS have a simple Graphical User Interface, you won’t benefit from it. It should be effortless to use and look pleasing to the eye. A GUI with complex options will hinder you from managing and creating content. Developers should use a content management system that can be used by anyone without tech knowledge.

Rather than a CMS solution with a fixed design template, go for one which is customizable. WordPress and Joomla are known for their easily customizable options. CMS should be able to assign permissions and roles.

CMS that promotes extensions
You might want to expand the functionality of the site and in such cases opt for CMS that allows integration of site features. With a list of plugins and modules in your CMS this is made possible. If you choose a CMS with application Programming Interface (API) you can write extensions of your own.

Boost the security levels of your contents by choosing a CMS that allows installation of specific plugins and edit files/permissions. CMS system that enables you to assign different username and password to individual user can ensure the security and the option to control each user. Lastly choose a CMS that is developed under web standard guideline and that promotes best practices.

Speed and compatibility
Page loading time is one aspect you should give special attention to. Multiple website support is a must have feature as you might want to manage more than one website in the future.

All these factors were considered when we developed a fully manageable content management system for our client.