When your clients come to you needing a new website, CMS selection is often informed by one of two reasons.
Either: “We’ve always used this CMS. Let’s avoid change.”
Or: “We hate this CMS. Let’s use a different one.”
But, neither of these motivations will paint a complete picture of what they truly need. And, you know better than we do that clients struggle to figure out what factors should influence their decision. This is where you come in to guide them. Do you feel ready? If the answer is “yes,” you can probably stop reading now. Though, we’ll take your feedback on the rest if you have opinions! If the answer is “no,” we’ve got some help for you.
We recommend this 6‑step process to help you find the right CMS for your client:
If you follow these steps you’ll end up with some great requirements that will help you with CMS selection (and also with getting a build quote if you need to do that).
Once you have completed the list, compare your clients needs to a few CMS options. To make that easy for you, we’ve compiled a comparison chart and overview of 4 popular options: Craft CMS, Drupal, Umbraco and Wordpress.