You’ve started a business, great!

Given that we live in the twenty-first century; you are going to need to build a website for that business. But how? Should you use a Content Management System (CMS) or a Website Builder?

Before you make your decision, it is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each so that you can evaluate which will best meet your needs.

CMS vs Website Builder_ Digital Glare

 

So whats the difference between CMS and Website Builders?

CMS, such as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal, is a software designed to enable users to create, edit, publish, store and manage their information. Many, such as WordPress, are open source solutions with thousands of themes and plugins available to customise sites for users. Website Builders, such as Wix, Weebly, Squarespace and Jimdo, allow users to quickly design their own web pages through a browser-based drag and drop interface. Pages are published automatically upon completion within the Website Build app.

Things to consider:

Technical Skills

Although both CMS and Website Builder are reasonably manageable options, there is a higher degree of technical skill involved in the implementation of CMS websites. Website builders are primarily drag and drop style and are designed specifically for those without web development knowledge or skills. They do not require any understanding of or manipulation of HTML or CSS files. While CMS websites are often easy to install and come with a range of templates, any type of customization or addition of plugins can require some technical expertise.

Flexibility

Yes, CMS websites require more technical skills but this is not without reward. Generally, the more abstract or complicated software is, the more flexible it is. CMS websites are far more customizable allowing them to be adapted for any business requirement or specialized needs. Unfortunately, Website Builders are less flexible. They will not be able to scale alongside your business and are far less customizable.

Hosting & Maintenance

For Website Builders, hosting is included and you simply need to buy a domain name and then connect it to your website builder. CMS will require you to find a web host as well as buying a domain name. However, CMS does provide you with the option of being able to save any CMS data and move to a different host if necessary, which is almost impossible using Website Builders.

From a maintenance perspective, CMS such as WordPress are continually revising their platform via updates to improve security and to fix bugs and may require you to tweak codes every now and then when adding in plugins etc. Website Builders on the other hand require zero maintenance.

Cost

The main price difference between the two comes about as a result of technical skill. If you need to hire a developer to set up and optimize your site this will obviously make CMS websites the more expensive option. In saying this, the customization and flexibility that this provides is unrivalled by Website Builders, so you are definitely getting bang for your buck. CMS websites will also require annual domain charges and other costs depending on additional services you may choose to invest in. Website Builders are paid on a fixed monthly rate which varies depending on your service features.

Crunch Time

Website BuilderCMS
Domain NameYou Register & ManageYou Register & Manage
Technical SkillsBeginnerIntermediate / Advanced
Updating WebsiteYou ManageYou Manage
SupportSomeNone
SEO CopywritingNoneNone
Managing Social MediaNoneNone

Website Builders do provide a good solution for small businesses in the early stages of operation, however for a slightly higher investment CMS website will provide far more advanced and customizable options.

Are you looking to invest in a website that will grow alongside your business? CMS is probably the best way to go and if you dont quite have the technical skills to make your website dreams come to life, give us a call! We are here to work with you so that you get the most out of your CMS website.