What Website Type Do You Need?
CMS Website vs Ecommerce Website – Choosing the type of website, you need can be a terrible chore and confusing. You should reflect on a few questions like – what is the reason for the site? What do you intend to use the site for? what are you hoping to achieve with the site? Such questions will help determine the type of website you need.
Many smaller sites are created solely because their business sector requires that they show up online (it’s our view ALL businesses should have a website). With many, having a website is just another way to advertise their business. To know which type of website you need, it is important to look at the different kinds of websites – Basic HTML Website, Brochure CMS Website, Ecommerce Online Shops and Bespoke Website Development.
Understanding the different websites
Understanding all the concealed elements in a site can be overwhelming to most people. Knowing what website suits your necessities the best can be difficult if you’re not from a web design background.
Most of the guests to your website wouldn’t know the difference between a brochure or CMS website from an appearance perspective. The greatest differences in the two sites is from the functional side of things.
HTML Basic Website
A brochure website is in short an online augmentation of your sales pitch; outlining the who, what and where of your business. It is how most associations start out on the web. However, most small businesses require the choice to include and alter their sites as they grow and mature and for this look at the CMS option below. From HD1’s experience it is almost always better for a client to have the ability to edit sites, as such we do not build Brochure sites as standard, we prefer to give our clients all that’s great about a CMS, it is important to our clients that their can edit their websites as and when their want and not wait for a website design company to be able to edit some text for them.
Brochure CMS website
A Content Management System (CMS) is a web-based instrument to allow any approved user access to alter the website. The thought behind a CMS is that day-to-day maintenance is handled by the customer who, typically, has no related knowledge in web page programming. By using cutting edge programming languages and editing tools that work in a comparable way to Microsoft Word, you can be able to update your site’s content in HTML.
People who are proficient in Ms Word can undoubtedly work on a CMS with the capacity to create new content, include content, insert images and control what is on the website.
Fully functioning content management systems come in various forms, thankfully, there are now some fantastic off-the-shelf alternatives accessible. Some of them are free, for example, WordPress while some require you to buy a license, for example, Expression Engine.
E-commerce Website – Online Shop
E-commerce sites involve the buy and sales of products or services online, via electronic systems like PC networks and the Internet. In this present day world of technology, e-trade is becoming an exceptionally meaningful choice for many businesses as there are bunches of companies that are interested in developing their online stores. If you’re going to be selling products online, be those digital products of physical products you must have an ecommerce solution.
What we think in Conclusion
If you don’t require bespoke functionalities, then stick to using a prominent, robust CMS website. It is meaningless to design an entire bespoke CMS website just to include, alter and erase pages, news and blog posts. Furthermore, if you ever choose to incorporate more features or functionalities. For example, energised pennant photos, photo galleries, dynamic (editable) contact forms and so forth we can add these to your website for you very quickly.
For some clients a fully bespoke option may be needed, HD1 Web Design can look at your needs and help you if this is the case. Best option is to give us a call and let’s talk about what is best for you!