What is a Content Management System and Why Do You Need One?
This is a question you should first ask yourself when looking to work with a web agency. We will use this terminology a lot throughout the build process. You may already know what this is but for those who don’t here it is… You get a back-end login area and with this, you can add or edit your website’s pages, edit your menu, add links, images, videos, documents, etc.
Why is this good for you?
- Cost – This costs much less than asking a developer to edit content on your site, meaning you will have more money in your pocket for coffee.
- Time-saving – so, you might be happy to pay for a developer to change content on the site. But what if they are busy / out of the office over a weekend partying not everyone is available 24/7. If you’re like me who randomly wakes up during the night with your brain shouting at you because you forgot to post your new super cool blog post or update a team member … whatever it may be with a CMS you can edit with ease whenever you want as long as you have an internet connection!
- Easy to use – If you decide to work with us or even if you want to try and create your own website in a CMS. Here at Let’s Get Coffee we create bespoke CMS websites with the editor in mind, creating custom templates and layouts so you can edit with ease and without any coding knowledge!
OK, I am listening which one is best for me?
So now you know what a CMS is and how it can benefit you and your company, let’s talk about which one would be best suited for you, I have chosen 3 to speak about as these are the mainstream ones to use.
Would you like to showcase a few pages about your services or customer satisfaction?
Do you want to sell a small collection of products online?
If so WordPress could be for you, this is the most popular CMS and what we love to use here for small businesses. This is normally used as a blogging tool but you can expand WordPress to do almost anything to fit your businesses needs. With a huge community of web developers lots of documentation and tutorials available for whatever level of editor you will be.
Developers have created a plugin for WordPress which is called Woocommerce this enables WordPress to become an online store. This plugin is widely known and very flawless however if you are a large company with over 20,000 SKU’s this might not be the one for you. If that’s the case then move on below to Magento….
Do you want to sell online?
Does your catalogue contain more than 20,000 SKU’s or more?
Then Magento could be for you. Magento is an e-commerce platform tailored to web development professionals, and medium to large online stores. It offers one of the most robust feature sets in the field, which makes it ideal for stores with high aspirations. Magento is more than a CMS this is a solution which specialises in E-commerce unlike Drupal E-commerce and Woocommerce.
Magento is highly scalable, which means that, with the right hardware and configuration, it can easily support the needs of both small businesses and big enterprises. If, for example, a retailer’s site has a sudden increase in traffic, that company would easily be able to add more servers on Magento in order to handle the change. Other platforms, like those that are hosted on another server, may not be able to expand and handle this kind of influx in the same way. This limitation could have serious consequences like the site crashing, slow page load speeds, and– looking at the bigger picture– loss of customers and revenue. This scalability, then, makes Magento the ideal platform for a growing eCommerce company, since it ensures that their retail site will function properly at every stage of their growth.
Drupal, which is another very popular CMS which has been used by a number of high-profit companies including the New York Observer, Popular Science, MIT, Sony Music, Fast Company, and many others. Drupal has plenty of features for building internal and external sites as well as a ton of tools to help organize your content.
This CMS is for more complex websites which provide users with complex forms, workflows, multilingual sites and multi-sites. Drupal is highly customizable and even allows the integration of web applications and using third-party APIs. For example, if you are a company which store 1000’s nutritional food information and wish to create a custom API so other developer’s can utilize this into web applications this CMS is right for you.
Drupal does also have its own e-commerce module extending a brochure website into a fully operational store.
Hopefully, by the end of this article, you know which CMS is best for you and your business. If you would like to discuss more about your business needs.