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What is the best software for our new website?

With all the buzz words such as Joomla website development, Word Press for websites, Drupal, Fusion, Cake PHP, Symphony, Dot Net Nuke, Share Point Designer & SQL ASPX .NET  it is easy to get confused. But don’t let anyone tell you that any software or CMS (aka Content Management System) is the absolute best. A professional web developer will know what software fulfills your business needs after a long through analysis of your goals and requirements. There are hundreds of cloud based systems and software hosted solutions. (CMS, SAS, SAAS and SAP)

A professional web site designer can help you to determine the best website software that is both scalable and flexible enough to handle your requirements. One requirement we are frequently asked is; ‘Will I be able to edit my website and make updates?’ In order for a customer to edit their website requires a CMS system (aka: Content Management System) whereas a non-CMS website requires an intermediate understanding of HTML editing. Below are the ‘Pros’ and ‘Cons’ for a CMS versus Non-CMS website.

Pros and cons for web-based CMS versus local CMS’s

PROS
– Costs are lower for adding additional powerful functionalities such as a forum, e-store, newsletter, auction module and hundreds or others. Costs vary depending on the type of CMS you have and the type of module you need. (Word Press, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, Dot Net Nuke)
– A CMS system does not require any software installed on your computer or device. All that is required is a browser connection to the Internet. This is especially useful if there are multiple users managing the website.

CONS
– Web-based CMS applications require software updates to be performed by persons having web development experience with your particular Content Management System.
– When you require extensive edits or maintenance, you must find a web developer who has experience with your particular brand of Content Management application. In most cases the hourly development cost for web development in CMS’s is more than non-CMS systems, since extensive design or database development is more time intensive.
– You are constrained by any limitations of the CMS software. For example, if you need to add special meta-tags or other coding to your pages, the templates in your CMS may not allow this without some serious programming changes.
– If you allow multiple users to manage your website, you may end up with a website that looks less than professional. Not all users understand the correct styling and placement of text and photos.

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