Choosing the right CMS

May 3, 2010 by QR | Tags joomla, wordpress, cms

What CMS should I use? This is a question I have asked myself many times, as I maintain several other websites besides QuantumRealms. I'm sure many of you have been puzzled by this question, too. There are so many solutions available that it makes one dizzy. How do you find the best solution for you? My suggestion: make a list!

1. What is the nature of your website?

If you are about to start a personal blog, you might find that Wordpress is the CMS for you. If, on the other hand, you plan to build a big community site, you might want to consider something more powerful like Joomla.

2. How big will your site be?

Are 10 pages enough, or will you need to publish 10.000+ pages?

3. Customization, user feedback and multiple content editors.

Would you like to customize the look and feel of your website or are would you be satisfied with the default design? Do you want to get feedback from your users? Are multiple editors going to update/write content?

If you answered all those questions, you already have a pretty good idea what you need. Check out Smashing Magazine and Webdesigner Depot for more in-depth information about the topic.

Blogroll

  • If you fancy tech blogs with occasional posts about design and web standards, morfonaut.net might be of some interest to you.
  • Visit webstandards.org to keep yourself updated on WaSP's newest projects.
  • Tips about web design can be found on Web Design Hug. The blog site will inform you how to improve your site for free.
  • The site template-wizard.com is another excellent place to find free web templates and web design tips.
  • For all the CMSMS fans out there we highly recommend cmsmshelper.com.