Businesses often overlook the importance of choosing the right CMS for their website project. This can impact not just the process of selecting the right CMS but the whole website project. Having worked on many different types of CMS projects over many years, the same issues appear over and over again. And most often these issues arise because of how the requirements are documented, or lack of documentation, or lack of project scope, or from limited understanding of content management systems issues. Below is a list of commonly seen mistakes when selecting a CMS, to help you make a better decision for your next website development project. Most of these mistakes are simple to resolve by taking a common-sense approach in the selection process to the final deployment of the CMS that works for everyone; authors, translators, administrators and IT.
Most of these mistakes are overcome by taking a common-sense approach in the selection process to the final deployment of the CMS that works for everyone; authors, translators, administrators and IT. Start by understanding the content management issues, weigh your options and most of all set clear business goals as soon as you can. These will help you identify the requirements for your CMS solution. Success depends on those who will use the software on a daily basis, be realistic with your organizations capacity. And, however you organize to make the selection process for your business the following tips will help you.
- Do not skip the content strategy: Once you know what your business goals are and how you will achieve them with your website content, you will have a much better task of choosing the right CMS. But never choose your CMS without knowing what and how you need to accomplish.
- Focus on business goals and desired outcomes over processes: Unless if the CMS offers a better process, focus on what you want to accomplish instead of trying to adjust your current working methods to fit the CMS system.
- Test, test, test: Plan and create a testing environment right from the start to test future development works or upgrades. Do not take any major changes to your live version of the CMS unless you have tested it on your testing environment.
Go to First Mistake
There is no basis with which to select a CMS if you have not yet identified or understood what your website will need to do. When businesses usually rush in choosing a CMS it is mainly due to a piece of technology that sounds it will solve the problem. Instead, you should think of analyzing the needs and focus on the business problems the website will need to solve. Therefore you should start by understanding your website needs before understanding the CMS requirements. The major mistake businesses make is choosing the CMS even before:
- Establishing the business needs and goals
- Identifying the website design or management requirements
- Creating an overall web strategy
- Identifying the website functionality
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