Is it advantageous to build a custom CMS (Content Management System) for my company’s new microstock audio site or should we utilize an open source CMS solution like Drupal or Joomla?
by Naomi Kokubo, Cofounder of Founders Space
This is a good question. If your site requires a completely unique CMS (Content Management System) that is radically different from any of the leading open source solutions, then you’ll probably need to build a custom one from scratch. Otherwise, you should definitely use open source. You’ll gain an enormous amount by using open source. Think of all the years of development time spent by the thousands of engineers who have crafted the leading open source CMS packages, like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.
Even if you have to customize open source, you’re still getting tens of thousands of hours of development for free. Open source is the best thing that ever happened to entrepreneurs. It’s a gift from the heavens, and you should take advantage of it. If you don’t, your competitors surely will. It can mean the difference between getting to market in 3 months vs. 9 months, and you’ll have a wealth of other features and plug-ins at your disposal.
My favorite CMS package is WordPress. Nothing beats WordPress in terms of simplicity and ease of use. You don’t even have to be an engineer to understand and tweak it. Joomla is a bit harder to learn but more flexible. I’d only use Joomla if WordPress doesn’t meet your needs. Lastly, Drupal, which I’ve used, is very difficult unless you’re an experienced engineer. I’d only use Drupal if you have the engineering resources available. Remember, simple is better if it gets the job done.
I hope this helps!