The Myth of “Best Content Management System”

In this post, I list down the top 5 things to consider while selecting a content management system (CMS) for your site. This is an introductory post in a planned blog series to be launched in 2021.

Which is the best content management system?” You might have read similar In this post, I am submitting an extract from a post I had written on an online forum or a facebook group. A user had asked the above question recently. Before setting to answer their question, I reflected upon the same, and began to pen down my thoughts.

Choosing the Content Management System that is the best for you

“Best” is a relative term, and I would like to answer the question weighing in the below factors, not necessarily in order: a.What is the purpose of your website: – Are you planning to write a blog ? – Do you want to create a personal or business portfolio site? -Are yuou looking to create an e-commerce site -A product showcase -Community site or a Forum – A How To or wiki, etc… As you can see, a website can take many forms. Not all CMS’es are suitable for every type of website. For example, Mediawiki (on which Wikipedia runs) is great for a Wiki site but may not be the bext option for a Portfolio site.
Choice of a CMS or a content management system requires some level of planning
b. What is the budget? (that will determine whether a shared hosting, a VPS, cloud hosting, or managed service would be in the shortlist) c. What is your experience or comfort level with HTML, CSS and javascript (or node.js or other languages) – Wikipedia has an extensive list of CMS d. Are you looking at a static site (one that will not be updated frequently) or one that will be updated regularly? e. What is the estimated level of traffic? For e.g. in case of a small community site of 100 odd visitors a day, the requirements may be different from a site that get 10,000 visitors a day. f. Who will design/ manage/ update the website? That will determine a Do It Yourself option versus a CMS that requires some degree of customization and investment in time and learning. g. How frequently is the CMS updated? What is its level of complexity? Does it require a MySQL or any other database? Does it have any major security or other concerns? h. Ease of installation (e.g. wordpress is supposed to be one of the easiest CMSes to install, Ghost might require some level of expertise) Image showing Blogging. Blog of Amar Vyas. Source- Pixabay

Summing it all up:

None of the points will individually help answer the question, but as you start answering them, the second of the third or the fourth question may help you filter out your choices. And remember, what is best for “me” might not be your cup of tea. Grav is supposed to be one of the easiest CMS’es to work with, I never had much success with it. I have shared my experience with grav cms in a blog post. This post is a part of series on content management systems that I plan to publish in 2021.
This post was updated on 2020-06-09