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Choose the Right CMS Platform for Your Small Business

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When it comes to choosing the right content management system (CMS) for your small business, the Internet can be full of advice. While many of the advice about which CMS platform would be best for your small business can be helpful, it can also become out-of-date rather quickly. The best way to find the best CMS platform for your small business is to concentrate on the key areas that you need the CMS to focus on rather than comparing the individual CMS package on the market. With hundreds of solutions available, you will have to dig deep to find the right CMS platform for your business notes Saad Bassi writer for the site 1st Web Designer. This will help you find a CMS platform that fits your requirements based on your specific company needs.

Ease of Use

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When you are looking for the best website platforms one consideration that you have to focus on is how easy it is to use. Since you may have individuals within your company that may not be computer savvy, but that have to add items and edit pages on your site, you want to make sure that they can easily use the system that you choose. When you are looking at the ease of use, there are three areas that you want to focus on.

  • Editing: The CMS editor is where the bulk of the time will be spent when working on your website. When it comes to being able to change the basic layout and appearance of each page within the editor, you may want to consider going with a CMS platform that limit these kinds of changes. Allowing changes to be made to the basic layout and appearance can create a chaotic and unprofessional looking site and is best left to community sites that allow individual users to customize their own pages.

  • Back End: To minimize clutter and confusion in the back end of your site you can select a basic CMS platform. If you need more functionality there are CMS’s that have more user levels that allow page authors and designers to have access to the areas that they need.

  • Permissions: You want to make sure that you can assign permissions so not everyone in the company can make changes to the site

  • Feature Set

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    When it comes to deciding on what features you want to include in your new CMS platform, you have to really take the time to consider what you will need. When it comes to your business, you want to make sure that you include features that will grow with your business without saddling yourself with extras that you aren’t likely to use. To walk this line you need to make a list of requirements that you have to have when choosing your new CMS platform. You need to know how you plan on using the platform before you can even begin to start comparing the myriad of options available.

    You don’t want to make the assumption that you will be able to organize your site’s pages as you see fit with every CMS on the market. There are some that work better for blogging platforms, arranging pages based on date, and they don’t allow you to make changes to this feature. If you don’t plan on expanding your blog and growing into something else, that’s fine but if you have plans to grow your business then you want to make sure that you choose a CMS that will allow gives you more control over how you arrange your site organization.

    Customization

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    When it comes to being able to customize your site, there are CMS platforms that will allow you to take complete control of your site, customizing every last aspect of it, and there are ones that keep everything under lock and key not allowing you any freedom when it comes to how your site is designed. If the CMS that you choose forces you to use a fixed and unalterable design template then your site will look like everyone else’s notes Joel Reyes, writer for Six Revisions. If you find a CMS platform that you like in almost every aspect, you should be all right as long as you can change the way things are organized or have the ability to make changes to the overall design of your page.

    There are enormous choices when it comes to CMS platforms for small businesses so it is always a good idea to do your research before settling on a CMS explains Jason Mosley, for the site Web Designer Depot. To make choosing the right one for your business more manageable, you need to know what you and your employees will be using the platform for explains Yuri Filimonov from Web Pro News. You will know when you have found the right CMS platform because it will be easy for you to use, flexible but not convoluted, and contains a great site editor. Choosing a CMS platform is a critical decision for your business so take the time to give it the attention that it deserves.

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  • Good article Andy.

    My personal favorite CMS is ExpressionEngine. Not being a programmer, I can use their coding engine to pull off some powerful stuff that would require a good knowledge of PHP to do inside of WordPress. I’m also able to customize the backend control panel to make it super easy for clients to update their pages and add new ones. I can give them as little or as much control as needed.