5 things to never do when choosing a CMS for your business

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With a multitude of options to choose from, it can be tricky knowing how to pick the right CMS for your organization. The last thing you need is to end up with a CMS where leverage turns to roadblocks, making execution of simple tasks difficult. The result: you won’t realize the business goals you’d hoped to achieve through implementation of the CMS.

To make things easier for you, we’re listing out the five common mistakes most people make and ways to select the right system for your organization:

1) Choosing functionality above everything

Yes, functionality matters, but so does ease-of-use. Most developers ignore this aspect and choose a CMS that’s loaded with features but has a crippled front-end. The complexity of the interface will baffle the average user.

Solution: Choose something with a simple, understandable and clean interface.

2) Believing that open source is better

Simply because everyone uses it, doesn’t mean it’s the best one for you. True, there’s a huge developer community working on it. However, there’s no direction to it. Often, it’s the community that contributes to the platform, and the resulting functionality might not be as expected.

Solution: It’s important to research well into the open source platform before using it. Commercial variants are also good options.

3) Letting your budget drive your decisions

More often than not, businesses choose their CMS solely factoring in their budget. Making a bargain on the CMS is a rookie mistake, as it might lead to choosing something that doesn’t work for your business, proving more expensive in the long run.

Solution: Do not let your budget decide what’s right for you. Determine your needs, find something that fit’s it and then apply a budget to it.

4) Asking the wrong people

Just because someone else uses it, that doesn’t mean you should too. Most people tend to fall into the trap of listening to the advice of the wrong people. Ask an IT guy, and you’ll be recommended with something that’s fairly good, but useless nonetheless.

Solution: You need to get all the departments involved and then balance your decision based on how the CMS will impact each department.

5) Not conducting research and testing

Blindly signing up for something you’ve no in-depth information about can lead to disaster. To narrow down on a platform, it’s vital to carry out extensive research into it.

Solution: Check out the websites that already use the system. If there’s a trial offered, don’t hesitate to invest time in testing the platform

From WordPress to Drupal, there are a lot of options available. If you’re still confused, you can always get in touch with CMS developers in the US to analyze your requirements and pick the right platform for your needs. Contact Openwave now.


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