Custom Web Solutions

Web Development

To CMS or Not To CMS

A CMS (or Content Management System) is a web based application that provides the means for the site-owner to add/change/delete pages without the need of a developers interaction.   There are countless CMS engines avaiable in every price range, from free to thousands of dollars.   They vary in features and complexity, and some offer a great deal of control over the look and function of website.   We can design a template for most any CMS engine you choose and manage the installation or, if you can’t find one that fits your needs, we can build a custom one for you.

Following is a comparison of the pros and cons for CMS sites and Traditional sites:


  • Client control of content
  • No waiting for updates
  • Can be departmentalized
  • No cost for additional pages
  • Design change by replacing template
  • Some engines have many templates available
  • Some engines are well supported
  • Client responsible for content
  • Can end up looking unprofessional
  • Troubleshooting can be problematic
  • Some engines have few templates
  • Some engines are poorly supported
  • Some experience necessary


  • Designer control of Content
  • Design integrity guaranteed
  • No experience necessary
  • Designer Responsible for Content
  • Updates may be delayed
  • New pages can involve additional costs

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