Pros and Cons of a few CMS Providers

January 12, 2018

As part of my Web Design course at Full Sail University I was asked to provide pros and cons of three different CMS sites. After reviewing the pros and cons of each to choose one to create a new website for the class project. The following are my observations for each.

 

https://www.squarespace.com

 

Pros:

  • The templates offered on the site were unique in some cases. The templates are beautiful and the design templates offer built in consistency for website creation.

  • Service offers mobile optimized website design.

  • Ecommerce seems to be a focus of this service, service at the business rate includes some valuable features in this regard with a 3% service charge on transactions.

Cons:

  • Cost for a fictitious site for practice would be $12 per month.

  • Limited customization.

  • Focus on ecommerce as opposed to portfolio or start up business.

 

https://www.godaddy.com/

 

Pros:

  • Tutorials and start up guides available for customers along with support via live chat, phone, or email.

  • Design is copy and paste or drag and drop making starting with godaddy easy for businesses who want to create their website without the cost of hiring a web designer.

  • Free trial for 30 days.

Cons:

  • If you create a site with one template and want to switch to another, all of your content is lost.

  • Ecommerce not available without add-on.

  • Customization is limited to text and images.

 

https://www.drupal.org/

 

Pros:

  • Most flexible for creating unique designs.

  • Build from the ground up instead of using templates.

  • Stand-alone design development.

Cons:

  • Not as easy to work with as typical CMS drag and drop sites.

  • Hosting is not included with this CMS

  • Full customization can result in a very inconsistent site.

 

After reviewing the CMS services above, I am still pretty happy with Wix. After reviewing some of my classmates reviews, I may branch out and try some additional CMS services before finalizing my project.

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