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Custom designed websites. CMS or shared web hosting solutions?

Posted on May 31st, 2016

One of the first and most important decisions you need to make when having a website built is what platform you want to build it on.

A few options include HTML, PHP, or a Content Management System (CMS) such as  WordPress, Joomla or Drupal.

A content management system provides structured content management features such as the ability to store documents, images, video and other online content types. They are used for websites that have multiple editors and sections.

Alternatively…

Shared web hosting is a service where many websites reside on one web server connected to the Internet. This is generally the most economical option for hosting, as the overall cost of server maintenance is divided between many customers.

Shared web hosting offers multiple advantages when compared to other web hosting types, but it also comes with its fair share of disadvantages as well.

One of the major advantages brought by a shared web hosting comes from the fact that you pay less than most other storage services.

A shared web host also provides support for a wide range of domains as well as unlimited space. If you want to have more than a single site, and not worry about surpassing any storage space or bandwidth, shared hosting may be a good idea.

However…

Shared Hosting does not give you control on what operating system you can run on your server. Your site may suffer the consequences of sharing the resources with other customers which can lead to performance issues. Shared Hosting may not give you the most dependable and stable server performance since it is dependent on so many transactions within the server.

Frequently, a shared web host has the lowest response time as well as uptime, and often times is the slowest you can get, which makes it less reliable than other hosting types. Speed also tends to vary depending on the web host and its quality.

Shared web hosting can also be unfavorable for SEO because of the slow speed, as search engines tend to use website speed as a very important criteria, so the slower your site is, the worse it will rank.

Now, let’s take a look at CMS…

Building a website on a content management system can often be more cost efficient and allows you to make updates to the website quickly and easily, without having to wait for your web programmer.

As a business owner with a website as your first line of communication, it’s vital that you have the ability to respond to your customers as quickly as possible.

Your goal should be to have the control necessary to increase the effectiveness of your website. Managing your website with a CMS puts the control in your hands. Even with no web design experience, you or your staff can easily maintain, create, and change information on your site without having to know any HTML coding.  Adding pages, blog posts, products, images and editing current content is quite simple.

The process of CMS web development lets you and your customers get the most out of your website by providing a simpler, more consistent, and more enjoyable user experience. This translates into savings in support costs, and more loyal customers.

Is a CMS right for your website?

Whether you’ve had a website for years, or are just beginning to market your business online, we offer a variety of options for incorporating a content management system. We can migrate your existing website and design into a CMS or start from scratch with a complete redesign.

Get the most efficient use of your website. Attract more customers.

Call Ancell Marketing at 778 285 2288 for user friendly website designs that keep you in control of your business.