How to Choose a CMS to Get the Job Done Fast
After determining what you want to achieve from your CMS implementation, it's time to start selecting a content management system that will align with this vision. Certain characteristics of a CMS can help to move your CMS project along faster and speed up the everyday tasks. In this post, we’ll focus largely on what to look out for in terms of intuitive design and architectural structure that will have an impact on your CMS project timeline.
The intuitiveness and ease-of-use contributes hugely to the success of a CMS implementation. Having an intuitive platform means that users will be able to learn how the features and the system works faster and won’t have to sit through weeks of training in order to conduct basic tasks. What’s more, the initial enthusiasm from your team towards adopting new software will greatly increase and encourage editors and developers to make the most of this system.
When weighing up the intuitiveness of a CMS, it’s important to consider how this system will work for all user groups. Getting input from developers, content creators, editors, and others who will use the CMS regularly can help determine the key criteria for your selection process.
Aside from the ease-of-use, the way a CMS is built can make initial implementation and future adjustments much faster. With a decoupled, microservices-oriented architecture, it can often be a lot quicker to get something off the ground. This architecture will enable you to realize your vision in stages and also allow you to be flexible with your plan, rather than having to work out the whole project in one go.
Finally, some CMS vendors offer additional plugins that require little programming. These plugins mean you don’t need to spend your time creating layouts and features from scratch. With one or two clicks, you can add solutions like an FAQ page layout, a Gallery Manager, or a content tagging feature. Check out vendors that offer pre-built shortcuts like this to speed up your initial setup.
Once you have decided on a CMS that meets your requirements, further decisions in regard to infrastructure can be made and an clear action plan put into place. Learn the next actionable steps to take in our comprehensive guide How to Implement A CMS - Fast.