Almost all of my customers express the wish to be able to maintain their website themselves in the future. In 90% of the cases we use WordPress as content management system. Lean, fast, unrivalled intuitive and comparatively easy to extend (more reasons for WordPress here: Worpress also 2014 the best solution). Independence when editing the website is listed here as the (logical) first argument. As logical as it may sound, a CMS also has its disadvantages:
- One-off costs: The one-off programming costs for a website without CMS are sometimes up to 30% below the price of a website with CMS
- System maintenance: Even a CMS must be regularly updated to the latest version. Here it is always advisable to hire a specialist for this
Running costs: A CMS based website requires a higher quality server environment
Design/design of the frontend: A CMS system is subject to certain parameters and specifications, which inevitably require a certain, static design in order to be able to be processed cleanly and thus uniformly with the content management system later on.
Security: An often underestimated point. The big (and therefore well-known CMS systems) like Joomla, Typo3, WordPress, etc. are very often the target of hacker attacks. Special solutions are needed here. At the latest from the point at which purchases are made/payment systems are integrated via your website, you should have an extra budget ready.
So better not use a CMS after all? No, of course you can and should use CMS systems and also get to know and appreciate their advantages. Nevertheless, you should consider the points mentioned above. When should I use a Content Management System and when not? Basically, this should depend at least on these four factors:
1. how often do you actually change or add new content to your site?
If you change your website content daily, every 2-3 days, or at least weekly, then a CMS can make sense in any case. If you update your website less often, a maintenance contract can be much cheaper and more efficient.
2. how good are your computer and image editing skills?
Whether with or without CMS, a certain basic knowledge of EDP and image editing skills should always be taken into account in addition to a learning and training period. With a suitable maintenance contract, however, you can put this directly in the hands of the expert, which saves time and is much more efficient.
3. estimate your change frequency realistically.
The majority of all companies estimate this to be far too high. Where in the beginning it was assumed that you will/must use the CMS every day, in more than half of the projects it turns out that in the end a change is only made every few weeks or months. If this is the case, point four and thus the most important point comes into play:
4. do you really have time and desire to deal with a CMS?
Yes, WordPress, like many other content management systems, is becoming increasingly simple and intuitive. Also, updates and extensions can now be implemented comparatively easily and quickly.
But in the end, it is always true: It is a completely new software for you, if necessary, behind which is a complex programming for which experts have needed many years to be able to operate it today almost “blindly” and thus achieve the desired results immediately.
The question is whether you really want to do this or whether you would rather concentrate on your core business?
Whether with or without CMS
With a corresponding maintenance contract you always have the possibility to easily mail your raw material (e.g. pictures directly from the camera, pre-formatted texts in Word format, etc.). Everything else / the finished result you will find then promptly edited, edited and optimally aligned / set in scene on your website.