cms, Frameworks

CMS or Frameworks?

23 September 2019

When it comes to web development, how do you choose which platform is best—CMS or Frameworks? That’s a good question—one we hope to help you with!

Each platform has its own pros and cons, both are popular, etc. Choosing one platform over another comes down to what’s best for your site. You can determine this by answering some questions about your site’s purpose, the type of site you’ll need, and more.

What’s the Difference between CSM or Frameworks?

It’s easy to get confused about the differences between these platforms, especially if you’re new at web development. Let’s take a look.

Framework is the term used for a web application framework. Web application frameworks are based on coding. Frameworks offer developers a way to build specific applications. In fact, if you enjoy coding, this is often a popular choice for web developers and programmers. If you love coding, a web application is an option you may want to explore.

It goes without saying that frameworks do take more time to develop, due to the coding involved. However, these platforms do offer additional versatility and functionality because you build what you need or want.

On the other hand, CMS is a bit different. CMS stands for Content Management Framework and this type of platform makes use of modules, rather than coding. The modules contain themes ready to use right out of the box. You’ll also find admin panels ready to use.

This is a popular choice for people who want to avoid programming, or don’t who know much about it. However, even programmers sometimes choose a CMS to make their work faster and easier.

Pros & Cons of Framework & CMS Platforms

As you can see, both types of platforms have their pros and cons—let’s take a look.

Pros of CMS Platforms:

1). Saves time: being an easy almost plug-n-play solution, CMS is generally faster when it comes to site creation.

2). Logic of operation: all user interactions are based on algorithms, making it easy for almost anyone to build a site based on this platform.

3). Plugins & extensions: make it fast and easy to add functionality and customisation to any type of web site.

4). Speed: themes offer a way to help load sites quickly and easily.

5). Admin panel: is ready to use out of the box, and is very easy to use. You’ll find the admin panel intuitive and understandable.

6). Ease of development: websites are fast and easy to create; you don’t need to know how to program or even how to develop websites. You only need to install the CMS and the theme, then add modules and use plugins to create the type of site you want. This is a great choice not only for web developers, but for anyone who will be maintaining the site over time.

7). Works well for ecommerce sites: CMS is great for small ecommerce sites (offering under 500 products). It’s easy to add new products, easy to update product descriptions, manage inventory and price, etc. Plus, a CMS solution such as WordPress is readily combined with WooCommerce to create a powerful, functional small ecommerce website.

CMS Cons:

1). Plugins: can be a con, because they third-party modules can be laced with malicious code, not done well and can cause problems within the site, etc. Choosing plugins from third-party plugin marketplaces is best avoided at all costs.

2). Limited functionality: can be difficult if you use methods not supported by the CMS, which can cause major problems with site functionality. Creating this type of functionality from scratch in CMS usually takes more time and increases the cost of creating a website.

3). Site performance: some people believe sites created with CMS don’t perform as well as sites built with framework.

4). Redundancy: the large number of functions available are great for adding versatility, but many go unused and have the detrimental effect of slowing down the load speed of a site.

Framework Pros

1). Flexibility: frameworks are more versatile—you can literally create anything you want, as long as you know how to code. Developers have the freedom to create modules and applications, using a base of library functions that comes with framework platforms.

2). Create a more customised site: with frameworks, you have the option to build a more customised website.

3). Performance: some developers believe that sites built with frameworks perform much better than those built with CMS.

Frameworks Cons:

1). Complexity: you’ll need a sufficient knowledge to code beautiful, functional sites with frameworks. It’s impossible for non-coders to maintain and update the site, etc.

2). Time: it takes more time to develop sites with frameworks. Everything has to be coded and programmed for sites created with frameworks.

3). No admin panel: site editing, changes and mods need to all be written individually. There’s no ready-made admin panel to make your job easier and faster.

Now it may appear that we’re leaning more toward frameworks when it comes to site development; however, the truth is that either platform can perform well. It just depends on what type of site you’re creating, your knowledge (or lack) of coding, the functionality you need, etc.

When is It Better to Use CMS?

Here are some indicators that CMS may be the better choice for your website:

1). If you have a limited budget—CMS sites are easier on the wallet.

2). If you have no knowledge of coding and programming, then CMS is the way to go. You only need to understand how to install the CMS and work with the modules, making this an excellent choice for anyone who needs to work on the site—from the business owner to other non-IT staff.

3). If you need a fast solution, then CMS is a great choice. It’s also perfect if you need a temporary solution until a web developer has your site ready.

4). Updates are more frequent with CMS platforms—you’ll find any update at least once a month, making sure your site is secure and functions well.

5). If you’re developing a small ecommerce site, then CMS is a great choice, especially with a platform that integrates the power of the WooCommerce plugin.

When is It Better to Use Frameworks?

Here are a couple of factors that may make frameworks a better option for your site:

1). If you need a customised site, frameworks are a better choice. You’ll be able to code and program exactly what’s need or wanted by you or the client.

2). When a site needs to be updated frequently or adapted to current trends, frameworks is the best option. You have the flexibility to code any changes required to meet the new trends, etc.

So, there you have it. Both CMS and Frameworks have their pros and cons. When it comes down to which one to choose for your site, it depends on the type of site, your knowledge (or lack) of coding, and who will be maintaining the site over time.

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