How to Choose a CMS

A Content Management System (CMS) framework will allow you to publish, edit and modify your Website content how you want it, whenever you want. But not every CMS is right for every project. Carefully comparing your requirements with the features of the CMS will help you determine what framework you should consider.

All Content Management Systems automate the process of creating, updating and managing the content on a Web site. The CMS transforms the demanding and often tedious job of keeping your Website current into a few simple and fast procedures. No more waiting days for content to be updated by a Web developer or the staff person with a particular software application installed on their computer – any authorized user can update the Website without any technical knowledge, from any Internet connected computer or mobile device. 

Should you use a commercial Content Management System (CMS) or software built on Open Source Software? Make sure you understand the Total Cost of Ownership (TOC) and the real Return on Investment (ROI) when you answer that question. 

If you buy a proprietary commercial Content Management System, the cost of license fees can add up quickly as you add content editors, software extensions, servers and databases. With the Open Source licensing model, you can minimize the amount of your initial investment, which increases your ROI over the same time period.

In addition, when you use a commercial system the company selling the CMS owns the code and your site will work as long as you pay the licensing fees. Stop paying the fees and your Website may no longer be online if the company requires its own hosting service.  

Open Source solutions like TYPO3 CMS do not require code licensing fees and when your Website is built, you can move to another vendor or any hosting company as you desire. 

Both proprietary and Open Source solutions require some degree of customizations to meet the specific requirements of your Website and both will require some hardware investment whether you lease space on a Web server or opt for dedicated solution.

Custom software features in proprietary CMS solutions can be very expensive and time consuming as you wait for the development schedulers to have time to make the changes you require. Well-established Open Source solutions like TYPO3 CMS have a large community of Web developers who can be counted on to build custom extensions for less money and in less time.

With proprietary systems, the cost of annual license fees can add up quickly as you add content editors, software extensions, servers and databases. With the Open Source licensing model, you can minimize the amount of your initial investment, which increases your ROI over the same time period. With the money you save in expensive licensing fees, you can invest it in the part that matters most to your business – customization of the software and training. 

New Village Media consultants will make sure you know the actual costs and implications of the CMS software you choose.