The pros and cons of building your website by a CMS

The pros and cons of building your website by a CMS

15, Aug, 2018 | Web Design | Wei Zhang | 2

If you’ve been thinking about using a Content Management System (CMS) to build your website- you’re certainly not alone. Knowing whether it’s better to use a CMS system or a custom-website is the first step to choosing the right solution. When it comes to creating a Wordpress site, exploring new templates and signing up in 2 minutes flat can be really fun- But on the flip-side? It can also have costly plug-in installations, unclickable templates or frequent problems with your SEO. It’s first best to chat with an expert before venturing out solo with your Wordpress or custom-website choice.

Check out our pro’s and con’s of building a Wordpress (or CMS) website below. If you’d like to find out how we can assist you with a highly cost-effective Wordpress installation? Please feel free to contact us here:

Pros of using a CMS

  1. The overall cost may be cheaper.
  2. You can cut costs by not using back-end code. Back-end code is generally the key to a number of things that require planning, user-experience (UX design,) and web-developers time. You can achieve some of the most-used functions with plug-ins instead of developer inserted code.

  3. There are so many eye-catching templates and goal-achieving plug-ins to choose from
  4. You can likely find a template that you like much. It might not be perfect for your user experience but it will be visually appealing and make sense to your customers. It’s easier to discuss what templates you like with a developer first so that you can choose something that will work and function well.

  5. You don’t need to know anything about code.
  6. You can choose to D.I.Y. But just beware- It uses lots of time and can be risky. Best-off just getting a developer to do the big tricky stuff and updating the rest as you move along.

  7. CMS websites are created in record-time
  8. Wordpress websites are much quicker to create. They don’t take lengthy user experience design or consultations to get them done. Most WordPress sites can be created within a day or two- But you probably wouldn’t be happy with it without a little professional help.

  9. Anybody can easily change or update the website
  10. The owner of a WordPress site can easily update or change it at any time that they wish. This would be something you wouldn’t be able to do on a website with custom-code (unless the ability to change something was built-in for you.)

  11. You can cut-costs on web administration and web development expenses.
  12. The cost isn’t as high because it doesn’t involve starting from scratch or using back-end code. At YNW, the set-up of a basic Wordpress website is generally under $1000 with professional web development skills on-hand.

  13. There are custom design and styling options available
  14. You can have custom CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) code to create a visual design as well as graphic design enhancements. This can create a better looking overall site. Have a chat with one of our team members to find out more:

Cons of using a CMS

  1. There isn’t much flexibility- It requires a great deal of work to adapt.
  2. With low flexibility- It’s best for performing normal website functions for people who are already likely to know your name or who will be referred through word of mouth. But if you aspire to grow your website to service more new customers- The SEO-side of Wordpress might not be the best option for you.

  3. A website with plug-ins, integrations and a template isn’t generally controlled completely by Wordpress
  4. It has third party providers which cost extra money and are better accommodated with alternative back-end design. When a highly customised website is not fully controlled by a CMS this means that you may need to pay subscription costs, plus installation and update costs to third-party providers. This will be especially necessary if you want your Wordpress site to rank in the search engines, given that most of the interface back-end code is universal as opposed to code that’s specific to your industry.

  5. Failing to get things right on Wordpress is super-common
  6. It can be too difficult to install templates or plug-ins yourself. Even if you follow a youtube tutorial, you will likely be given instructions that are incomplete or are incomprehensible- These can lead to a great deal of confusion, frustration and are a common time-waster. Wordpress templates are not easy to use (and it’s difficult to get your money-back if things go wrong.)

  7. A CMS costs extra server system resources, so it’s probably going to slow-down

    your website

  8. Wordpress is prone to something that is called ‘code bloat.’ This is due to all of the code within its interface that has been added by different programmers over time. It’s really difficult for search engines to recognise your website as anything more than something created by Wordpress, and in addition to all of the additional plug-ins, it can make things run really slowly.

  9. It will likely need professionals to ensure it stays up-to-date
  10. Outsourcing work on a regular basis will be necessary in order to keep the website up-to-date and remain competitive with SEO in your marketplace. By the time that the work is outsourced, the cost of updates can be the equivalent of maintenance on a custom website (perhaps even more.)

  11. It may be targeted by spammers and hackers if not updated.
  12. Because the Wordpress site has many plug-ins, it is generally much less secure than a custom-website. It becomes prone to bugs, spammers or hackers with third-party plug-ins. The internet and web-developers have many tales related to the hacking of the Website itself for spam purposes or of the email inbox to send out spam-related messages too.

    Every time we work with a customer who first requests Wordpress, we always ensure that they are educated about all of the options available to them so that they are able to make the most cost-effective and suitable choice. As a small business we are able to offer flexible solutions and that means that it might be most beneficial for you to choose a custom-coded option for your site upfront. However, if you wish to speak to us about your Wordpress idea’s then please feel free to contact us.

    The post is the second within a three-part series. Please check-out the other posts here:

    What is a CMS? Advantages and Disadvantages

    Top 5 Most Popular CMS platforms to choose

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