The Real Deal: Custom Website Development or CMS?
Whether you are operating a business in an e-commerce industry or educational industry or real estate sector, the fact is you will always need a website to work. And when you choose to build a website, you (in a way) are looking for an optimal solution that:
- is something that you will not hate in the future, and
- can be delivered within the time and budget.
And all these desires together bring a question - what to choose, custom website development or CMS? To help you decide which one to choose for your website, I am going to evaluate both ways of developing a website.
What is CMS Development?
Content Management System is an easy way to build, manage, and update a website. It ensures smooth functioning with collaboration, automation, workflow processes, and tool integrations through unique content management requirements, custom modules, user profiles, campaigns, and themes. Without starting from scratch, in CMS development, you can choose from a template and set up navigation, libraries, databases, file management, and much more within a short span of time. But, what the best thing about choosing CMS development is that you don’t need a professional developer to work on your website. All the work can be done by yourself. Drupal, WordPress, Shopify, and Joomla are some renowned Content Management System (CMS) platforms. However, along with being most suitable for small businesses, Drupal is also the best platform for complex websites.
What is Custom Web Development?
Talking about Custom Web Development is often touted as the engine under the roof of your appealing website. In simple words, it is what the website to load correctly for every visitor, irrespective of what sort of a browser or system one is using. Custom Web Development is more of a professional job. You need to have a specific skill set to build a website through custom web development. It seems like an attractive and more professional approach to build a website, but it will certainly cost you more than CMS development. However, there are a number of benefits of choosing a custom web development like that of, better control and quick loading time. Unlike CMS development, a business needs a professional developer custom to build a website in the case of custom web development.
Comparison Between CMS and Custom Web Development
- CMS is a cost-saving method as you don’t need to spend a heavy amount on developers.
- For any change in CMS, you don’t need to start from scratch, hence, it is also a time-saving way to construct a website.
- Most of the time, Custom Development isn’t necessary and is a bit of overkill.
- It takes a considerable amount of time to fix an error in custom web development.
- In case you change your developer vendor, there are chances that you might face issues as the next developer may not be that proficient when it comes to reading code written by someone else. This isn’t at all the case when it comes to CMS development.
What Your Business Needs - CMS or Custom Web Development?
You must have got your answer by now. In most cases, you don’t need custom web development. If compared to CMS, it is a lot more time-consuming, invariably expensive, and yes, difficult to manage as well. Whereas, CMS is quick to install, doesn’t require the knowledge of coding, and can be customized as per your requirements. Not just this, there are also plenty of third-party plugins available for complex features. For a fact, CMS has superior plug-ins that can do a lot more than you could imagine.
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In the case of CMS, all you need is a good partner that can set up a CMS-based website on your behalf. And Auxesis Infotech has all the skillset and experience to be that perfect partner. We are included amongst the top Drupal development companies in India by Clutch.