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CMS Development Services

Database driven websites are also called content management systems. Data is stored in a database, separate from the code. Password protected browser based tools enable you to manage all aspects of the content (create, edit, delete).

Custom CMS software development can range from something simple like updating text and images on your page, to developing proprietary web tools to grow your business exponentially.  Face it, having the right tools makes anything easier. I have been building custom CMS solutions for over 20 years, ranging from simple text editors to complex large scale management systems.  See some content management systems examples I have built from scratch.

Custom CMS Websites

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CMS Website Development

I have worked on numerous custom CMS website development projects that I have built from scratch. If you consider customizing WordPress as a CMS, then the number of projects I have been hired to develop goes into the hundreds.

Whether I build a custom CMS from scratch or start with WordPress depends on the project requirements.  Either way, both are built with PHP and MySQL database.   Budget, timeline and functionality needed all factor in on how I recommend to approach a project.

WordPress CMS Development

WordPress is the most popular open source CMS website solution with tens of millions websites built with it. For an experienced developer, custom WordPress development is “easy”.  Most websites I build I are created with WordPress (all of my websites are all built with WordPress). It can be customized with infinite features and functionality and is a great website solution for most website projects.  Read more about WordPress web development services I offer.

Custom CMS Website Development

Sometimes WordPress can be overkill for a project. By this I mean you simply may not most of the features that WordPress offers. Other times it would be more effort to make the needed project functionality work in WordPress so I offer a custom CMS development too. With a custom website, content management tools are coded to match your exact functionality you need. There is no code bloat with features built in already that you won’t use. Website security is much less of an issue (when coded properly) with a custom website. (WordPress requires ongoing maintenance to stay secure.)

Custom CMS Website Development vs WordPress CMS

What is the best CMS solution for you?  Well, it depends. I can’t answer this question until I hear details about your poject. Usually there are a few reasons that I will recommend a custom database solution over a customized CMS WordPress website.

    1. I may make a recommendation to build a custom CMS when it would be more complicated for me (and more expensive for you) to integrate your unique project requirements into WordPress rather then custom website development.
    2. You only need a simple CMS for your website. I may make a recommendation to create a custom CMS for you if you have very specific functionality needed and do not need all of the bells and whistles built into WordPress.
    3. WordPress requires ongoing maintenance of core code and plugins.  WordPress requires ongoing maintenance to keep the code and your website secure. Custom websites are not as prone to getting hacked as WordPress is. This is not because WordPress is not secure, but because there are so many millions of websites that run WordPress. This makes it easier for hackers to exploit many websites quickly when a vulnerability is found.  You can read more about WordPress security and maintenance here. (All websites need maintenance, I am not implying that a custom website does not. Just not as much)

You can view some content management system examples I have coded with PHP and MySQL databases here, and WordPress CMS examples here.

Smart Investment

Using a content management system, it enables you to make updates to your website content easily and without the need of depending on a web developer.

Once your CMS is built,  you don’t have to depend on them for content changes ongoing, saving you turn around time and money.

Advantages of a CMS

Using a CMS makes managing your website much easier. For example, if you have a change that needs to be made in the menu on every page, using a CMS the change can be made in one piece of code.

If your website is “static” individual pages, you would have to edit the source code for every page on your site.

Disadvantages of a CMS

There is some ongoing maintenance needed with website code. If you use an open source CMS like WordPress, you need to be proactive in keeping code up to date with applying security patches when they are released.

Keeping code up to date is not difficult, but hiring a web developer to maintain your website is a good idea.

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