With dozens of good content management platforms on the market, how do you choose the best one for your needs?
After working with many leading systems, we uncovered the top list of features we look for in a content management platform that make things simple for both the developer and the end user.
How easily can you navigate your way around the platform? Content management should be simple, so it must be easy to create and update pages.
The ability to publish content on a predetermined schedule minimizes manual tasks and makes for efficient content management.
3-Changes History Accessibility
Sometimes your first idea was your best idea! A platform that maintains a complete history of the changes you make to each page. This will make it easy to go back and view and older version.
4-Multipage Content Distribution
Create once — reuse anywhere on your site. This is a feature we can’t live without.
When you need to make a lot of basic changes, you can edit once and instantly update every page using that content.
Powerful, editable templates make it easy to create pages so even non-technical users can manage their content.
Always choose a platform that plays well with others. Although popular CMS systems seem to have long list of features that do great things, you need to make sure it doesn’t limit you from using your favorite third-party tools like Google Analytics, HubSpot, or MailChimp.
Some platforms will limit the number of users. If you know that you’ll need multiple users then be sure to read the fine print.
The best platforms allow you to upgrade at a any time to access more advanced features so your capabilities can grow as your needs grow.
One thing we frequently hear is that clients might want e-commerce sometime in the future. If you think you might need this feature in the future then be sure to choose a platform that has e-commerce and payment management too!
One of the features almost everyone wants on their web site is the ability to search the site for specific content. Look for a CMS that comes with robust search capabilities that also allows you to search inside documents stored in your site, such as PDFs or Word and Excel files.
A cloud-based platform saves you the hassle of managing hosting, security, and provides you with a stable system and full accessibility.
Choose a platform that allow you to customize functionality according to your business needs and that can grow with you as your needs evolve. It should be easy to integrate automation with your existing databases, build sales and customer service tools, or custom user interfaces and workflows to do just about anything you can imagine.
If you create content in multiple languages, multi-language capability will be a must-have option. This will save you time, eliminating the need to duplicate and translate content into multiple languages.
Evaluating a platform? Try to reach customer support. Are support specialists easy to find and quick to respond? Ask questions to confirm they are knowledgeable and eager to answer questions about technical issues, usability, or anything you anticipate might trip you up!