Questions to ask yourself when choosing a CMS

Which CMS will yield the quickest development time?

We know that most firms want to develop the application as fast as possible to satisfy the client’s needs and to be able to move on to new projects.  In many circumstances, the client needs their solution fast as their current method is slowing business growth and preventing them from scaling up into new markets.   They want to solve this as quickly as possible to prevent additional loss.  Make sure you are choosing a product with a proven history of reliability when it comes to product speed and efficiency.

Which CMS will be the easiest for our clients to manage themselves (without the help of external resources)?

When developing any web project, one of the main goals should be to ensure that the end-users will be able to self-maintain the website without having to rely on external parties.  This will save them time and frustration and allow them to keep their website up-to-date.  You must make sure that the CMS you will use has easy content editing features and that they have valid client references to back this up.

Which CMS will be able to easily integrate with existing systems?

Whichever CMS you choose should be able to integrate with other systems whether it be a CRM, ERP, social network, or any other legacy system.  In many cases, the project will require integration with a variety of different systems to produce a comprehensive result.

Which CMS is most stable?

Stability is something that can only be determined by using the product over an extended period of time for a variety of complex projects. However, prior to using the product you can do research to validate the credibility of the solution – do they have credible clients? Have they been mentioned in any articles? Have they won any awards? Also, make sure to read the reviews of their current clients to get a user’s perspective.

Which CMS has the clearest path to advancements and upgrades?

All CMS require frequent updates to ensure that maximum functionality is available so that the product can keep up with market demands.  You should make sure the products that you’re looking at have not only some major releases in their history; but also, seem to frequently have minor releases to address bugs and implement new features that the market demands.

 

When choosing a CMS, there are many important factors to consider and these questions provide just a preview into what your thought process should look like.  Take your time and keep thinking to make the best decision – and in the meantime please visit Pimcore’s CMS webpage to see how our solution can help.

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