Choosing the Right Content Management System for your Website

by Nik Wahlberg | June 6 2018

Our engagement with clients often entails helping them select the right CMS for their individual needs. It can be a daunting task that very few think about before it’s time to make a selection. The CMS is the backbone of any website, and the engine that steers your online success. This includes things like editing abilities, organic search rankings and campaign creation. At Scandia, we are certified Umbraco and Kentico partners with years of experience working on a wide variety of other CMS platforms. Through that experience, we've learned how to help our clients navigate the CMS selection process.

Selecting a CMS

There are several things you need to take into consideration when choosing which CMS is right for your organization:

  1. How much management of the site do you want to do internally? Will you be adding content regularly? Do you use multiple types of media? If so, you’ll want an interface that makes that easy to accomplish and publish.
  2. What are your security requirements? Do you have forms that collect contact information on submission? Does your industry have specific security standards and requirements? The level of concern will help you decide which CMS platform is a good fit, plus where and how to host the site.
  3. How much emphasis do you place on organic rankings? If this is a high priority for your organization, you may want to avoid reliance on shared templates and plugins and select a platform that can be customized for your needs and unique to you.
  4. What is your budget for the CMS and standing it up? There are Content Management Systems that cost six figures, some that are free and everything in between. Understanding your budget for purchasing, configuring, plus having a site and templates built is an important consideration.

We have done presentations on this event several times. You can read more detail into how this works in the real world, a client scorecard and other criteria that went into the decision-making process in this interview with our very own Jessica Rowe.

Read the whitepaper on how to select a CMS

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