Choosing and implementing the correct content management system for your website is a key decision. If executed properly, you should be able to maintain your website for years and progressively update your visual design, content and features.
You will often hear a web designer say “Acme Content Management System” is the best, and it can do anything. There is no one best system, this is often the system the designer knows, and maybe not be the best option for you.
WordPress is an ideal solution for many websites
Any site design can be converted into a WordPress custom theme and produce a well coded and search engine friendly site.
WordPress also offers an administrative interface that is extremely easy for creating and editing pages, posts and other site content.
With the advent of custom post types, WordPress is also a much stronger contender for sites that have structured data such as staff directories, product lists, etc.
Drupal is another excellent solution
Drupal is often considered one of the more technically advanced content management systems. In reality, while not a “do it yourself” solution, it is straightforward for an experienced web site designer to configure and theme. Drupal’s key strengths are in structured data and custom features. Much like WordPress’ custom post types, Drupal makes it extremely easy to create structures to hold data like staff directories and product catalogs, and offers even more advanced field types and functions.
In addition, Drupal offers an extremely powerful tool called Views that facilitates the display of data in different ways and on different areas of your site.
Drupal also offers a very fine grained permissions system that can go down to the single field level. Establishing roles and rights for different users is very straight forward.
Which System is Right For You?
During the site planning process, we will talk with you about every aspect of your future plans:
- Your vision for the site now
- Your plans to grow the site in the future
- The type of content you have, and may have in the future
- How you plan to maintain and update the site, and the number of content editors you have
Based on these factors, we will recommend a platform.