We were involved in two meetings on Friday last week and both potential customers asked us the same question: "Why did you build your own content management system instead of using an open source platform such as Joomla or Wordpress?"
In a sentence, the answer is simply that none of the existing platforms easily accommodated the requirements of our clients or ourselves.
So what were our requirements?We needed a solution that met the following primary requirements:
- Have a design agnostic, modular approach to content management - recognising that each client's site should be unique and unconstrained by the content management system it uses
- Incredible ease of use for content administration (point, click, edit, save)
- Provide an content editor that facilitates multi-language conversions
- Easy integration with 3rd party tools such as Google Maps, Blogger, Twitter, Facebook Graph API, Amazon and any others that our clients might require
- Versatility and robustness that can be morphed into a solution that works best for every client - not just the common denominator
- Prevent user changes from breaking the site layout and design
A further benefit of Cloudbase is that it is built in such a way that all improvements we make to the system are automatically provided to existing client sites at no additional charge - thereby keeping one's site functionality fresh and budget healthy.
If you are designing a new website or re-designing your existing one, we encourage you to consider the following:
- Can your chosen content management system (CMS) flexibly adapt to your evolving business requirements?
- Will your CMS allow your designers to have complete control over the look and feel of your website (thereby ensuring your site stands out in the crowded world of the Internet)?
- If your business has a key differentiating factor or focuses on a niche in the market, can you adequately represent this on your new website built on your selected CMS or will you look just like the competition?
- Is your chosen CMS search engine friendly in the way it structures your page content and allows you to add metadata?