When it involves choosing the proper CMS(Content Management System) for the task of building your new shiny website, there’s quite lot of options out there and a few times it are often very difficult to settle on the “right” one.

This is where knowing the requirements and size of project matters. Some CMS solutions out there are built for little blogs, some for eCommerce Websites, while some are extremely versatile(ex. WordPress). There’s also the task of selecting the proper technology for your project that favors your development team.

Website Click
Website Click

Headless vs Traditional CMS

The main difference between a standard CMS solution, and the growing in popularity Headless CMS, a standard CMS packs both the Front-End and Back-End in one package, while a Headless CMS only comes with a Back-End, requiring a separate Front-End. Consider the Back-End the “brains” of an website , and the Front-End the “looks”.

Using a Headless CMS comes with a greater speed advantage, as having a separate Front-End basically allows for loading HTML, which fetching data from the Back-End, allowing far better performance, but at the expense of SEO, for instance , and also requiring longer to develop and maintain and requiring additional configuration that a standard CMS simply doesn’t need.

Traditional solutions are usually much easier to deploy, configure and much better for SEO, while attaching both the “brains” and the “looks” in the same package, processing both the data and the generated HTML at the same time a page is requested. This makes for slower loading times, but simplifies configuration and development.

Website Construction
Website Construction

Different Development Languages

In a sea of countless CMS solutions out there, they are usually based on either one of the two top technologies, PHP or Node.js.

PHP(WordPress) still outperforms Node.js(Keystone.js) based solutions in popularity, but this is changing and many experts predict that PHP will be full replaced by Node.js in the near future. Node.js being the more modern of the two, has a huge advantage which allows developers to use the same language(JavaScript) in building the both the web application “brains” and “looks”, allowing for a more streamlined developer experience, but being more complex to configure, deploy and develop then a PHP based application. PHP is considered by many developers, to be the “legacy” technology of the web, being the more mature one of the two, and also requiring knowledge of at least two languages for building a web application. Using PHP has the advantage of easier database data management and generally requires less knowledge of server Back-End, doing more with less code.

Building the puzzle
Building the puzzle

Not all CMS solutions are Newbie Friendly

How difficult it is to configure a newly deployed CMS. differs quite significantly and its a important factor when choosing the right one for your project.

Ease of use has it’s advantages, but also it’s cons, the first one being it’s the complexity of extending or customizing the CMS Dashboard

Among the simplest and most popular ones, WordPress requires little to no knowledge of coding to configure, thanks to its huge collection of extensions(plugins). This alone makes makes WordPress one of ,the solutions out there, and with the addition of stability and amazing SEO performance, it’s no wonder it’s the most popular one out there.  Yet it also doesn’t a popular audience with developers due to it’s complexity in development. This makes WordPress great for small scale projects.

Craft CMS is among the most difficult and time consuming solutions to configure, as there is almost nothing prebuild and each plugin installed requires additional coding to use. This is because it is build with developers in mind, offering a very flexible experience, allowing for us in any form factor and comes with extremely customizable options, while being popular for remaining quite fast, despite how large the project grows. This makes Craft great for large scale websites with complex structures at the cost of more development time and the fact it can’t be configured at all without prior knowledge of HTML,CSS and it’s templating engine(Twig)

Conclusion:

When it comes to choosing the right CMS for you, there are lots of options out there and it’s almost impossible to find one that suits your needs. There is no “best CMS”, as the needs of each project are different and by carefully taking into consideration the task, speed of development, scalability and performance you will be able to choose the one that suits your needs the best.