A Web Design Automation powered CMS/WCMS is an important element in your business foundation as well as your content deployment strategy. You need to ensure that you are investing in the right tools. Just because a tool is popular does not mean that it is right for everyone or right for you. Here are a few things to consider when looking for in your next CMS/WCMS. [ Are you looking for the Best Web Content Management System ]
Q. Is it a Web Design Automation capable product? Does it include the basic features of the latest generation products. Is it fast, stable and secure?
Does the solution you are looking into have a constant stream of vulnerabilities and exploits going back for years and years? You will need to know if the system is simple to learn and use or if it requires advanced technical knowledge that you do not have. You will want to know, do the available plugins or modules you need even work correctly? The best way to find out is to simply download a free trial of the software. If you can not get it up and running in less that 15 minutes before you are ready to publish on the actual Internet, then we would not advise using it. This is not 1997, this is 2017 and there is no need to learn a complex content management solution when WDA products are by design, simple.
Q. If something goes wrong with the product or any of the modules required to make it work who do you call and how many calls will be needed to return your installation to full functionality?
The chances of something going wrong increase greatly for each separate entity responsible for the technology used in any one solution. A simple example would be if you had your installation running and it used 3 third-party modules to provide some functionality like eCommerce, Custom Forms and Media Albums. You then created a an online store with this functionality. Your problem occurs when the eCommerce module fails and you must now call several vendors because you are not a support engineer and do not know why your store has crashed, just that it has crashed. This is a lot easier if you had one technology provider who helped you no matter what went wrong without passing the buck. WDA powered solutions are from single vendors which eliminate the support nightmare.
Q. How much does it REALLY cost?
Does the free version of the product have all the features and capabilities of the paid versions? If the answer is yes then good. If the answer is no then get ready for more "marketing" bologna. Everyone is familiar with the BAIT AND SWITCH, so don't fall for it. Support a provider that has the courtesy to tell you the truth. Its okay to have a free version that limits how much content you can publish or how many users you can support or how much storage you can use or how many instances you can serve, etc., as long as FULL functionality is there for everything below the limit. Free editions that stop working after so many days are not free, those are ticking time bombs. Free versions that do not allow you use ALL available functions are not free, they are limited.
Q. Can it / Should it be used for eCommerce?
Does the free version of the product feature PCI compliant merchant integrations? In this day and age more and more people are using Content Management Systems to build eCommerce sites and the number one thing that needs to be addressed is PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry-Data Security Standard) compliance. If your Web Content Management System exposes sensitive payment information (credit card numbers), you could be held liable for any security breaches. Whichever CMS / WCMS you choose, it needs to feature eCommerce integrations that allow merchants to securely process payments via hosted payment forms, as these are provided by the payment gateway providers. Direct Post eCommerce methods are typically NOT as secure and place you in the liability chain because you are collecting the payment data using a payment application (you will be in scope of the Payment Application-Data Security Standard). Anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong. The hosted payment form is the prescribed method and your CMS needs to support it via whichever payment integrations are included. As a result of these integration options, you will be able to validate for compliance via the SAQ A or SAQ A-EP self assessment levels.
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