Web Design: Comparing Content Management Systems

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There are different ways of building and maintaining a website. The more traditional option is a static webpage which requires the code to be updated whenever changes need to be made. This is an option which is being used less and less frequently due to the time it takes to update and the fact that whoever is going to be doing the maintenance has to be proficient (to some level) in HTML code. It is likely that in the next couple of years, this will become almost completely obsolete as people are opting for more dynamic options.

Content Management Systems (CMS) are being used far more often, and they come in various forms. They allow the user to update content themselves and allow various functions and features to be added with no more than a few mouse clicks.

From a web design point of view, the CMS option is the one which is generally going to be encouraged. This is because the website does not necessarily need to be updated by the designer themselves. This reduces maintenance costs/time and allows the client to update the website independently without having to contact the designer any time a change needs to be made. However, to enable this functionality, it can be more time consuming to create a CMS website. It is almost always going to be a far more convenient option in the long run.

How do you choose which Content Management System is right for you? With so many different ones available, it can seem like a daunting choice. Firstly, think about what features are important to you. Do you want the ability to add new plug-ins? Do you need a WYSIWYG editor?

We’ll compare WordPress and CMS Made Simple in the table below. Of course there are many others systems available but these are the main two that we use here at PoLR.


WordPress CMS Made Simple
Easy to update and add new content Easy to update and add new content
Dynamic Files can be uploaded directly via dashboard
Thousands of plugins to increase functionality Ideal for regular news/blog posts
Files can be uploaded directly via dashboard No ongoing maintenance fee
Ideal for regular news/blog posts WYSIQYG editor
No ongoing maintenance fee Search function built in
E-Commerce can be easily implemented and updated Open source – anyone can edit
Open source – anyone can edit Administration management
Search function built in Ideal for larger projects
Better for control over multiple admin accounts

Whichever Content Management System you choose, it will allow for greater flexibility in terms of updating compared to a static webpage. If you have any questions or need any help choosing the right solution for you, just give PoLR a shout. We’ll be happy to discuss the options with you.

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