Full bespoke applications for your needs
With years of experience creating custom web applications, Interact-IT can create professional, tailor made content management systems that not only performs the tasks you need but is also much more secure than its off the shelf counterparts.
If you’re looking to replace (or update) your website, you’re probably thinking of selecting a Content Management System (CMS) to help making updates easier. Giving you control to make updates when, and as often, as you like. But which one do you use? WordPress, Joomla, Drupal or any of a number of other off the shelf systems?
Your decision will ultimately be decided by either your own preference, usually based on previous experience, or as a recommendation by your Web Designer. But there is another option, which is to employ a Web Developer to custom build a CMS to your exact requirements.
Such a system would be designed to your exact needs and will not suffer from some of the pitfalls inherent in commercial software such as WordPress. Meaning it could be easily expanded and updated, whilst remaining much more secure from malicious attacks.
Expansion of a CMS nearly always comes down to installing and configuring additional pieces of functionality, called plugins. Unlike commercial platforms, If you decide on a custom CMS, you are not limited to the choice of plugins available on the market. Anything you require can be added and tailored to your exact specification. Be this with internally or to provide a convenient connection to a 3rd party software system.
So why doesn’t everyone go for a bespoke solution. The answer is usually down to time (and hence cost), but also the skill-set of the design agency - who often focus more on the way a site looks and less on how it operates. So although it may take more time and require more experience, you will receive functionality that is tailored to your specific demands.
As the popularity of commercial CMS’s, like WordPress grows, they increasingly become the target of cyber criminals and malware authors. Ask more people who use WordPress if they’ve ever been attacked and it’s almost a dead certainty that they will say yes. Even if the attacks are not obvious, the log files will show thousands of failed login attempts to the administration system. In addition, WordPress plugins provide additional ways of hackers to gain access to your website, so became a direct target in their own right.
To combat these attacks, WordPress and plugin developers are constantly producing new versions of their programming. Which requires website managers to update the software they run, to help reduce the risk their website poses to their business.
Custom CMS, on the other hand, offer a higher level of security as their programming is not accessible to the hackers; who can download a copy of WordPress to see how it has been constructed.
In addition, your website will not be individually targeted by bots that crawl the Internet looking for sites running a specific piece of software. While there still may be bugs in some scripts or risks caused by programming that has been less rigorously tested, there is a considerably reduced risk.
As a guide, custom written CMS’s provide less functionality than their commercial cousins, as they only perform the tasks they need to, and nothing more. So as a result, it will have a much cleaner administration interface than WordPress and not come bundled with unnecessary tools, so will be easier to navigate through.
A platform that is designed to meet the specific needs of your company is without a doubt easier to use than an off-the-shelf solution. This doesn’t mean to say that it can’t do the same the same tasks, if can, if the developer has been asked to write the necessary code.
WordPress is designed to work within a framework that was designed for a number of uses, so will by its nature do things you don’t need it to do. At its core is a very good webpage and blog editing tool, bolted onto which is ability to add custom content called plugins.
As flexible as this makes WordPress, it still has to work within the original framework. Custom CMS’s are usually built from the ground up for a specific task, based upon a flexible platform. So adding new functionality and services is a relatively easy task. Making Custom CMS’s much better suited than WordPress for a business with dynamic needs.
This depends on a number of factors and needs to be answered on a case by case basis. To help aid your decision making, here are our thoughts on the Pros and Cons of each platform: