A Content Management System (CMS) offers web based content management solutions for a website such as the authoring, administration, collaboration, and management of the content available on the website.
A common reason to choose a CMS product is if your business needs to maintain a collection of documents, particularly when sophisticated access control is required. Another common reason is when running a news website with a need for scheduled news posting, or news posting across multiple news categories.
There are hundreds of Content Management System products available. Products such as WordPress, Drupal and Joomla! dominate the CMS world and are very popular among the web development community.
A few advantages of depending on a CMS are: reduced medium-to-long-term maintenance costs, ease of use, and SEO friendliness. There are challenges associated with CMS also, especially with the security, latency, and systems maintenance. Failing to address the presence of any one of the aforementioned challenges can influence the business in both the short-term and the long-term. These challenges generally originate from:
It is a fact that the majority of the popular CMS products do not provide some expected features by default. Instead, a free or paid third-party add-on integration will be required to achieve the business requirement.
Since third-party scripts are involved, possibilities exist for the slowing of the site’s performance, the opening of security vulnerabilities, and performance issues. Sometimes third-party scripts may fail to integrate seamlessly. In this scenario either the CMS developer should release an alert or the add-on developer has to pitch in to fix the issue and release the patch, since the CMS developer might not have the control over the code written by the add-on developer. As you may imagine, this will lead to a large number of people responsible for your security, and any one of these people could potentially let you down – or you may simply have too much trouble tracking them all.
A website’s core software can be upgraded, but often the website owner has to wait until all third-party developers release updates compatible with the new version.
Not performing a site cleanup or an upgrade on time might result in security holes, or compatibility issues with newer versions of server software (such as MySQL or PHP). A good CMS should notify the user about the action required.
Sometimes an upgrade might change the minimum requirements of the CMS. For example, it may require newer versions of PHP or MySQL, or it may require more RAM. Outdated hardware infrastructure may impact performance requirements of newer software iterations, as the software improves to meet the higher-level of sophistication expected by the website users. During such a situation, it is the responsibility of the CMS developer to publish proper documentation and provide an effective support mechanism.
In business, the smart strategy would be to prepare in advance to handle the challenges and also leverage any available cost-saving benefits.
Composr CMS is a combination of a Web Content Management System (WCMS) and Online Community (Social Media) software; it offers most of the essential features of each out-of-the box, ensuring a seamless integration. This includes all of the following by default: Community forums, image/video galleries, comments and rating, social media syndication, chatrooms, document management, and news/blogging are available by default. The website owner can selectively enable/disable each feature.
Through the wealth of functionality you can make a very sophisticated and attractive website for relatively little money.
Through the above approach most of the disadvantages of the common CMS are avoided.
In the case of any security vulnerability found in a bundled add-on, the CMS developer will take the responsibility of looking into and releasing any necessarily fix. Composr CMS has an active community forum, proper documentation (covering all aspects of website development and maintenance), and a support ticket system.