As the open-source content management systems have matured, so have competitive Chicago web design firms. For many years, Orbit clearly stood apart by providing a content management system standard with all website projects. Until recently, Orbit only offered Mighty-Site, our own CMS. To meet client demand for open-source options, we have expanded our technology offerings to include three content management systems:
WordPress can be considered an “entry-level” content management system for websites and blogging. However, besides the blog software, WordPress provides few standard features. Thankfully, the variety of plug-ins can be useful tools for the savvy web-marketer with a do-it-yourself attitude.
For these same reasons, a common assumption is that a website built with WordPress would cost less than using other platforms.
Some clients are looking for a highly robust content management system option that does not tie them to Orbit. They may want the option to use their own development team for maintenance or insist on hosting on their own servers. Orbit has adapted to this need by offering Drupal.
Although Drupal projects tend to be more expensive than Mighty-Site and WordPress, we are always confident the website will meet the business needs of our clients. Expect great results for its users and administrators!
Mighty-Site is a proprietary content management system created and maintained by us. Designed specifically for the use of our clients – who tend to be marketing managers and amateur website administrators, we believe our CMS is simple, fast and easy to learn and use.
Orbit has been using WordPress since 2010 as an extension to our standard codebase for clients wanting to blog on their website. We developed our own theme code so WordPress can reside alongside Mighty-Site. This is a low-cost, high-value solution. Clients need to log into two systems, but these systems take advantage of what they do best: Mighty-Site serves custom-designed marketing websites and applications; WordPress serves the industry-standard blog. And website users don’t even notice the site has two systems.
Regardless of the platform, Orbit’s website development process, service and quality focus on results. The websites we build will:
We build great websites because we value our clients and our clients’ clients. You can check out our latest work in our portfolio.
Having used WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, Umbraco and custom CMS systems I find the first thing you need to look into is security. There will always be vulnerabilities in software but sometimes a particular CMS may be less prone to these.
The second thing to look at is modularity and scalability – can you easily add extensions to suit your business. Scalability should always be considered when looking at a CMS. How will the website cope with 2,000 concurrent visits or 10,000 and so on. A good portion of scalability is tied to the underlying hosting but does your chosen content management system allow any fine tuning to use fewer server resources?
And lastly, I advise to look into data migration possibilities. You may find that after a few years your business requirements change and your current CMS doesn’t allow the flexibility needed to meet new requirements. At this point you may have spent years adding content, receiving orders for E-Commerce and so on – if you were to change to a new system how easy would it be? Does your chosen CMS allow you to extract your website data in a format that can be used to import it to a new system? This last point is aimed more at larger businesses but its always something to consider.
Using proprietary custom systems that are built in-house can be a good option but you should consider security, modularity, scalability and data migration for any system and I find a lot of companies fail to do this.
Great overview of these content management systems. I find Mighty-site to be very easy to work with. It’s simple to train marketing people on how to update text and images (thanks to TinyMCE) and the security of proprietary code shouldn’t be underestimated.
However, if a small business doesn’t have the budget for a high-end Orbit design, WordPress is a fantastic option. some hosts even offer a 1 button install for WP. This means a site can be built in a matter of hours. If the requirements are a simple site, then why reinvent the wheel?
I hope the follow up has some screen captures from way back when!
Thank you for your comments! I will be posting a follow up article in a few weeks about the history of Mighty-Site.
I’ve played with Drupal for the past six years, and I really appreciate your top-level view of Drupal. It’s very true. I never got into e-commerce with Drupal, so I’m glad to have your warning about how it’s weaker with Drupal.
wow. it’s funny running across my own comment left on a blog post a year ago. I was reading this blog post again and thinking about leaving a comment, and wow! I already did. Maybe this is the future-me leaving a comment. Or am I past-me?
While I agree with the disadvantages of the two open-source systems, this isn’t exactly an unbiased comparison…
What are your thoughts?