WHAT IS CUSTOM CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM(CMS) DEVELOPMENT?
Custom Content Management Systems mean customized functionality, increased security and the benefit of full ownership.
WHY CUSTOM CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM?
Most people are familiar with popular content management systems such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and the like. While these solutions may work for some applications, it is important to be aware that one size doesn’t always fit all scenarios!
WHEN SHOULD YOU CONSIDER A CUSTOM MANAGEMENT SYSTEM?
Good question. The best answer is that it all depends on your project’s specifications. Here are a few scenarios where a custom CMS would make sense:
You have security concerns or corporate security requirements that would make off-the-shelf platforms unacceptable. An example of this could be stringent security requirements that limit the amount of software licenses allowed, or that require tightening so severe that it would inhibit the ability of the platform to operate correctly. Also, remember that off-the-shelf platforms are more susceptible to random attacks by bots and other automated attackers.
You require advanced features. If you plan on having a website requiring advanced customization, evaluate if you are pushing the limits of off-the-shelf CMS platforms. An example would be software that is core to your business that must be custom built on top of the CMS platform. Future risks could be the inability to run a proper software update, or even worse, a software update breaking your custom code. It happens all the time!
You want a simpler interface that you can design. The best part of a custom CMS is that the interface and workflows can be completely up to you! If you run a large team of editors or content creators, or have a large enterprise that requires updating by many administrators, you can choose an existing “dashboard” and build your custom CMS around that. Or, you can even design your own. This is something that is very difficult with many open-source platforms.
You require ownership. Remember, when you build a site with an open-source CMS, you may not “own” the software. Start-ups who are interested in future acquisitions of technology or similar would be disserved by building on top of an open-source framework, which would bring about licensing issues in the future.
IS A CUSTOM CMS RISKY?
Not if you choose a smart underlying technology, and an experienced team to develop it! Custom software can be built using the same tools that power the popular systems such as WordPress, Drupal and the like. The only difference is that the software will be 100% customized for your usage, not pieced together to get close to what you need.
OTHER DEVELOPERS HAS TOLD ME BUILDING A CUSTOM CMS THESE DAYS IS CRAZY…?
Always beware – not everyone really is a “developer”. Many web design firms are proficient in a single platform, and will sell it to every customer as a solution to all of your problems. That is why you may get a Drupal recommendation from an agency with a portfolio full of Drupal work, and a WordPress proposal from a WordPress shop. Sadly, many will just find an off-the-shelf theme, repurpose it as a “custom design” and then flood it with plug-ins that will reduce the stability of the platform.