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5 Reasons to Use Custom-Made CMS

Published September 8, 2016 by PLATFORM
CMS (content management system) has revolutionized the way we manage websites and easily accessible open-source CMS providers (e.g. Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla) have opened the doors to creating new websites with relative ease. If you have a growing business and your current off-the-shelf CMS is simply no longer meeting your needs, you are the perfect candidate for a custom CMS!


Custom CMS designed by PLATFORM for Cinimi

Implementing functionality

Custom CMS: It is easier to add specific functionality using a custom CMS, especially when it comes to the aesthetics of new elements. Your brand identity can be always implemented into these additions keeping the website’s design consistent.

Open-Source CMS: A community of developers adds new functionality to open-source CMS frequently, however none of this new functionality may meet your specific needs. The code itself is unnecessary robust. Also, others will use the same modules, making your content less original.

CMS Updates

Custom CMS: Provider will make sure to manage all necessary updates for their clients. The provider will not push updates that are not meaningful for the clients.

Open-Source CMS: General updates will be released and all users of the CMS will be affected without much say over specific details of the updates. This can create a situation where you are paying someone just to deal with these updates even though they were not desired.

Resolving Issues

Custom CMS: If there are any issues with the system, your developers will troubleshoot it with you until you are fully satisfied. Resolving these issues will be much faster since the system is lean and only includes code pertinent to your project.

Open-Source CMS: Specific issues can be very difficult to fix, because the website owner and the developer of a particular module do not come in contact. Most of the time, you’ll need to wait and hope that your issue is addressed in the next update release.

CMS Hosting

Custom CMS: Provider will likely take care of your hosting as part of your CMS setup. No need for you to study up all specific requirements, leave it up to the professionals to find you the best hosting provider for your needs.

Open-Source CMS: Most of the larger hosting companies can host the popular content management systems, however you may run into problems with compatibility if you are trying to use a less established provider.


Custom CMS: Be assured that the CMS will follow latest security standards. Additionally, one of the advantages of custom CMS is that hackers usually do not have much interest in hacking it.

Open-Source CMS: The creators of open-source CMS release updates and security patches in an effort to keep the system safe from hackers, however since there are many websites using the same code, it is easier for hackers to find system vulnerability. Additionally, this again leads to unwanted website changes you will need to address.

Different projects have different needs and while many can benefit from a carefully selected open-source CMS, projects requiring full flexibility of design should seriously consider custom CMS. Your brand identity is important, don’t settle for a design that does not fully meet your needs.

Anna McNab is a product strategist at PLATFORM and an associate professor at Niagara University

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