3 Things You Should Know When Choosing a CMS

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Implementing the CMS: Integration and Testing

Integration and Testing: Once the planning process is done, you're not nearly out of the woods in terms of getting your CMS up and running. Once you and your team (or third-party provider/developer) have planned the implementation process, you'll still need to actually bring your project into the CMS of your choosing. To do this, you'll have to set up navigation menus for different web pages, create workflows for different processes (such as creating thank you pages that can be triggered when people sign up to be on your mailing list) and, perhaps most importantly, you'll need to test everything. If you're working with a closed source provider, this testing will be done by the third party of your choosing. If you choose an open source solution, however, the testing process will be much more transparent. Just make sure that every aspect of your new website is tested thoroughly before it goes live.

When people think of CMS (content management system) implementation, three words typically come to mind: web development tool. And while this definition, strictly speaking, isn't entirely out of bounds, Himanshu Sareen, CEO at Icreon Tech, suggests thinking of CMS platforms as tools that help businesses develop their overall digital experiences. Whether you're a customer-facing entity in the retail industry, a blogger with a million monthly readers, or are operating an e-learning company that's focused on educating the employees of enterprise-level companies — you need a CMS that's not only capable of handling every aspect of your business, but that's capable of creating a great experience for your end users, whoever they are.

In today's business world, it goes without saying that you need a website, but it's the sheer abundance of .com entities that often causes entrepreneurs and businesses to overlook the importance of choosing and implementing a CMS correctly. In a world where almost everyone has a website, one CMS should be as good as the next, right? Wrong. And it's in that spirit that Sareen would like to discuss the three things that any entrepreneur or decision maker should know when selecting and implementing a CMS.

 

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