CMS OR Custom- Part2

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WordPress, Joomla, Drupal or Custom Website (Part 2)

  • Posted: Wednesday May 29th
  • Continuing from Part 1:

    VI. High Switching Costs
    Most of the business owners do not know what is going to happen if one day they decided to migrate from a CMS website to a new one. Here are four things you will experience:
    1. High cost of expert staffs for moving CMS contents to the new sites.
    2. Website disorientations especially for the dynamic CMS pages.
    3. SEO disorientations since most of the CMS-based indexed pages will no longer be available in search results.
    4. Database nightmare as CMS databases are not normalized for scalability.

    VII. Lack of Control
    Building your website through CMS is to live at the mercy of lots of plug-ins and libraries in which you have no control. There are three consequences behind this:
    1. As always, you get what you paid for, as though some paid CMS themes or plug-ins providers would poorly (up to three weeks) respond to your support requests without any liability for your business losses.
    2. To keep your website up and running, you need to follow other third-parties developers even for minor patches or updates which can be very labor-intensive.
    3. Sometimes one library depends on other sub-plug-ins or external sources to perform properly which is simply a nightmare for maintenance teams.

    VIII. Why PHP And Not HTML
    I have hard time understanding why a basic five page website for an accountant or an attorney needs to be done in CMS using PHP rather than the lovely HTML programming language. An HTML website has four advantages over a PHP one:
    1. Ease of maintenances
    2. Low cost of maintenances relative to PHP.
    3. Ease of migration from one server to another
    4. Faster server response times and better customer experiences.

    IX. Mobile App Are Coming
    Not only do most CMS developers not have experience in mobile App developments, but also do they barely know how to integrate a website with a mobile. Since the CMS is just catching up for patches for web-mobile integrations, it is better to consider this factor too.

    You might wonder why the CMS is very popular and more websites adopt it on a daily basis in spite of all of the mentioned disadvantages. It stems from three reasons:
    1. They are followers and follow what the others are doing without any foresights
    2. They usually have tight budgets, like entrepreneurs or start-ups
    3. They are not aware of discussed disadvantages.

    No matter what has driven your business to a CMS-based website, it is never late to mend your online business model and strategy to streamline both website viewers and Smartphone holder experiences. I hope these discussed factors will shed enough lights on the main cons of CMS and guide you through a right decision.