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Choosing the right CMS for your website

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We receive many requests from clients that tell us they want their site built using Wordpress. Sometimes this is the right solution for your needs, but it’s best to look a little deeper into your website details to make sure Wordpress is the right choice for you. 

Wordpress Functionalities

The first question you need to ask is: What special functionalities do you need on your website? Functionalities are elements on a website that the users interact with, such as an image gallery, calendar, membership, e-commerce, sign-up form, etc. Since Wordpress is the most popular CMS (content management system), it has over 54,000 plugins available. Plugins are pieces of software that can be added to your website which accommodates special functionalities. Whatever service you need to provide on your website, you can most likely find a plugin which accomplishes what you need. And a lot of these plugins are free to download and add to your Wordpress site.

The Risk with Plugins

Plugins make it easy for you to add any component to your site without having to touch (or disturb) any of the site’s cod, however some plugins are developed by third parties and may not be up to date. If the plugin is old, it may have outdated code that will not work on your site or might make your site vulnerable to hackers. Another potential issue is that some plugins don’t play nice with each other. So, for example, let’s say you have a plugin that creates a social media stream and another plugin that creates a gallery on your site. You might have the social media stream up and running and then you add a gallery plugin, and now your social media stream stopped working. Now you have to find a different gallery plugin that plays nice with the other plugins on your site - and this can be time-consuming.

Security Issues

Wordpress is the highest target for hackers since so many people use it. Wordpress is constantly creating newer versions with more features and security. It is critical that you keep your website up to date because this helps prevent hackers from inserting malicious code. You also need to update your plugins which can also leave your website vulnerable for attacks. These updates should be done by a professional website developer because there is a chance that an update could break the website. Also, you need to have site backups available in case this happens.  Having a professional web designer/developer login and do some routine checks for updates approximately every 1-3 months.

I Want to Maintain my Wordpress Site

“I want a web developer to build my Wordpress site but I want to maintain it.” This is a very common request we receive and we can accommodate it, but we do have to provide you with some warnings:

I want a Wordpress site and a developer to maintain it

If you have read this far and still believe a Wordpress site is right for you, it is best to have an educated and experienced web developer keep it updated. Avenue25 offers Wordpress maintenance plans that include hosting your site on our servers as well as maintaining your site to ensure that it is always up to date and functioning optimally. This service also includes nightly backups so if anything happens to the site, we can always revert to the backup.

I don’t want to risk the security of my site with Wordpress

There’s a reason so many people use Wordpress. You can choose a template to run with plus access a variety of  plugins that have already been created. However, if you don’t want to risk your website crashing from hacks or outdated plugins, we recommend using a different content management system called Modx. 

But I’ve never heard of Modx

Modx is not as well-known as Wordpress because you need a trained and proficient developer to build it. It is an open-source CMS which means the developer works directly in the website’s code and has complete control. Here are the benefits of using Modx over Wordpress:

Can I maintain a modx site after it’s live?

Yes! When we have our discovery meeting in the beginning, we can discuss what elements you would like to update yourself once the site is live and we can customize the backend to accommodate those needs. We will provide customized training videos showing how to make edits to your individual website.

Can we come back to you for additions to our website after it’s live?

Yes! We can help you on an as-needed basis or you can sign up for a maintenance plan that includes hosting and updates any time you need them.

Are there any cons with Modx?

Since Modx is open-source, we are building the site from scratch and it takes more time and costs more than a Wordpress site. Also, since it is less-known than Wordpress, there are not very many tutorials online showing how to make edits so you would need to use us as a resource for questions or problems (but hey, that is what we do!)  It also doesn’t have plugins like Wordpress does, so if you need special functionalities, we would have to build them from scratch, or integrate a third party. For example, if you need a special form for users to fill out to create a custom cake, we would have to build that from scratch in the code, or we can use a third party to create the form and embed it onto the website. 

I still don’t know if I want to use Modx or Wordpress

That’s great! That means you are open to suggestions and learning more about which CMS is best for your website. Reach out to the creative professionals at Avenue25 and we can assist you to figure out the best solutions for your unique website needs. 

PhoenixWebDesigner.com

Our Professionals Based in Phoenix, AZ offer options to fit your budget, from small to mid-sized websites. We even build e-commerce sites so you can sell your products online. A professional web developer is here to answer any questions you have and to get your website up and running in no time. We also offer graphic design services like logos or business cards if you need them. All of our services are priced right, affordable and fast. After all, every business has to start somewhere. We'll get you started on the right foot by making it painless and easy!

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