With so many different options available, it may seem that selecting the right CMS must be a complicated process. However, it can actually be rather simple. All you need to do is prepare a checklist that you can use to compare the different products available. Based on your specific requirements, your list may vary, but here are some suggestions for comparing the different products offered.
Your first step should be to define precisely what your business wants and needs. Ask for input from the people who will be using the CMS regarding their needs and expectations. For example, will you be selling products online? If so, you'll need a content management system that is good for e-commerce if you want to boost your online product sales. Examine how you can use the CMS to contribute to your customers’ experience and support engagement across channels.
Once you have defined your needs, it is time to select a CMS. The four most important aspects that most businesses consider are core functionality, ability to customize, cost and ease of integration.
Recently, Info-Tech Research Group evaluated 14 CMS competitors, including some of the costliest products available. Info-Tech named DNN, formerly known as DotNetNuke, as one of its six champions and winner of its value award. DNN was awarded high marks for its social and content management functions as well as its experience management features and low cost. The other five champions included Drupal, Ektron, Sitecore and Bridgeline. In all categories evaluated, DNN scored as well or better than virtually all of these four competitors, and only Drupal could come close to DNN in the area of affordability.
When it comes to providing economical but powerful customization, DNN is the clear winner. It operates on a commercial open-source model that makes customization easier, faster and less expensive than most of its competitors. Mobile device detection allows the delivery of content to be dynamically rearranged, enhancing navigation and page rendering for mobile users. In addition to being robust, DNN also offers advanced security features.
Answering the following questions will help you select the right content management system for your business needs.
A CMS can be a valuable tool for organizations of all sizes. However, choosing a CMS that does not meet your needs will only hurt productivity and make users less willing to embrace new tools. Taking the time to evaluate your situation before committing to a CMS can help ensure that you purchase the right CMS.
Joe Lewis is the owner and president of PhaseAlpha, a custom software company that develops solutions for businesses of all sizes in all industries. We can help you improve productivity by implementing a powerful, custom content management system for your business. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (888) 559-5673.