Follow these step-by-step guides to understand how to choose the best web CMS, before you write your shortlist.

Choosing a CMS for Your Website: What You Need to Know

Mon Feb 3, 2014

When planning your next web project, you might be considering a redesign of your website, an update to make it responsive and mobile-friendly, or implementing a new content management system. You might even want to do all of the above.

The web content management system you choose will have a serious impact on how you go about design and redesign projects, your editorial workflow and approval processes, user adoption, and the effectiveness of your website. This week we found some great thoughts on what goes into selecting the right content management system. 

1. 6 Steps to Choosing the Right CMS (Overit)

Digital communications and marketing agency Overit explains how their discovery process includes a closer look at a client's CMS needs. From accurately gauging your current CMS performance, to seeing how the implementation will fit into the "Iron Triangle," these 6 steps are a great way to start the conversation about your project.

2. 7 Rules for Selecting the Right CMS (CMS Wire)

This CMS Wire guide to selecting your best CMS match starts with the assertion that finding the right CMS is a lot like finding a spouse. We couldn't agree more. The process really starts with understanding yourself and your needs, and they advice buyers to focus on more than the features when evaluating possible WCM solutions.

3. 2014 Must-Do: Get Back to Basics With Web CMS (CMS Wire)

What you buy when you buy a WCM system is not always what you end up getting. This article cautions against CMS "overbuying"--the all-too-common phenomenon of wanting a system that's easy to use and implementing something that sends users running in the opposite direction. Again, the best choice starts with understanding your internal landscape and needs before evaluating a CMS.

As is often the case, the right tool for the job varies with the job, but these three articles had some of the best advice we've seen in a while. Before you come up with your shortlist, take the time to understand how to choose what's best for you.

Are you shopping around for a CMS? Have you made a purchase that left you with buyer's remorse? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @Percussion.

Karo Kilfeather, content marketing manager at Percussion Software
Karo Kilfeather
Content Marketing Manager | Percussion Software

Karo was born in Poland, and learned to speak English by watching "Saved by the Bell" reruns during her first summer in the U.S., which has left her unable to go through life without occasionally breaking the fourth wall. As Percussion's content marketing manager, she oversees and creates content that drives website traffic, engages followers, and helps fill the marketing and sales funnel. She writes about content management, content marketing, SEO, social media and web design, and how to make it all less complicated.

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