What is CMS?
A Content Management System (CMS) is a web application that uses a database to create, edit, and store HTML in a manageable way. They have grown in popularity over the years because they have made creating and editing content easier than ever before. Website building is no longer limited to HTML experts, anyone can create a basic site now with a CMS, but when it gets too complex you can hand it off to the pros at Orca.
How Do I Decide Which One to Use?
The top CMS systems are more similar than they are different, but it is still a good idea to take some time to figure out what your business needs are and match them up with the appropriate CMS. Here are a few features to consider when comparing different CMS’s.
Functionality: What are the essential functions you are looking to get out of your website? Will you need more in the future? If you are looking to quickly set up a small site or blog on a friendly interface, WordPress is probably the best option for you, while if you are looking to set up a large-scale ecommerce system with thousands of pages, Drupal may better suit your needs.
Support: What kind of support does the CMS come with? Larger CMS’s tend to have more online support, such as blogs, forums, and videos, so it is definitely something to consider when choosing the right one for you. Here is a list of the big three we support.
Price: Do you have the budget to pay for software licensing? If not, that is ok, there are many free platforms out there, just be cautious of hidden implementation fees and ongoing maintenance costs that some lesser-known platforms may charge.