Some in our industry recommend full Content Management System (CMS) websites for their clients. However it's important to consider the benefits and disadvantages that come along with CMS. If you have an ecommerce website, then it is very important for you to be able to make changes to your products and pricing. Or if it is important for you to keep pictures or events up to date, then web applications can be integrated into your website to allow for that functionality. But if you have a reliable web design company at your fingertips, why not have them make other more extensive changes to your website?
Is CMS right for me?
Boxed Content Management Systems
There are myriad boxed CMS solutions, but very few are reliable and secure. Most people do not realize many boxed CMS frameworks are plagued with serious security vulnerabilities. That means hackers can easily penetrate your website and deface it, or worse steal sensitive customer data you may be storing. While many boxed CMS solutions make it easy for non-technical people to set up and launch them, more advanced persons will perform a manual setup of the framework and take additional steps to protect the system against hacking attempts. Webtivity Design Solutions takes these extra steps to protect our clients and their interests.
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WordPress Blogging Tool
WordPress is a Blogging platform that was released in 2003 and has evolved over the years and has been used by many as a Content Management System in recent years. As of 2018, WordPress powers over 24% of all websites on the internet! While WordPress’ functionality can be stretched to function for this purpose it is important to consider your long-term needs before choosing WordPress as your entire website platform.
The core WordPress installation is a stable and secure product. It is important to note that if you require more advanced functionality from your website you will require additional plug-ins to be installed to add that functionality. Plugins can introduce security vulnerabilities to your WordPress installation. If your project requires plugins for functionality, we generally recommend paid plugins over free ones.
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Custom Content Management Systems
Sometimes "boxed" solutions don't quite provide the functionality you want, or you require an enterprise solution for your company. In those cases we have the capability to develop a custom CMS to your exact specifications. Everything we develop is built to be portable, which means you are never locked into a long-term contract, you own your entire system, and can move everything to a new provider if desired. For an example of a custom CMS developed by Webtivity Design Solutions, please visit the Port Manatee website.
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Is CMS right for me?
Many clients who have engaged Webtivity Design Solutions to develop a CMS website eventually also engage us for a Website Support Plan because they quickly learn other responsibilities such as hiring, payroll, and sales take priority over the website. The website then falls off the radar and becomes stale, which is bad for your audience and search engine optimization reasons. Clients also learn when they try to make changes to the website, they often harm the design integrity of the website because they aren't designers. Once you harm the design of your website, your business starts looking amateurish and you lose the ability to convert visitors into customers.
It is also important to mention that many Content Management Solutions are not search engine friendly, and also have security vulnerabilities.