The "Traditional" Website:
These websites are the ones built from "scratch" and can be highly customized to your needs with different features. They also tend to be the most flexible when incorporating 3rd party programs that may be "industry specific."
Things to keep in mind if going this route:
- Due to the nature of them being built from scratch, these sites can come at a high price.
- They typically require hiring a full or part-time website developer to build and maintain.
- Little changes that are needed can take time to fix.
The "Quickie" Templated Website.
When talking about these types of websites, we are referring to the ones you see on television or website ads. Ones from from domain registrars such as GoDaddy or financial companies such as Intuit that claim you can have a website up in just a few steps and at a low cost.
This is absolutely true, and many come "free" with the purchase of a domain name, hosting account, or other service. We are certainly not knocking these types, but be aware that sometimes it may be too good to be true.
Things to keep in mind if you are looking to go this direction.
- These sites are a limited type of Content Mangement System (CMS) as they can be restrictive in the variety and quality of essential and specialty features.
- You should look for hidden/recurring fees
- There may be limitations in site size (i.e. number of pages).
- Ability to customize via coding may be restricted or even non-existent.
- Even after modifying, is likely to appear very "cookie cutter".
The "Content Management System" Website:
There are many CMS's out there, (such as the quickie ones mentioned above) but the most popular include WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Concrete5.
Things to keep in mind if going with a CMS:
- Not all CMSs run the same (some may be easier to use than others).
- Can be time consuming initially.
- Fees (if any) will vary from one to another.
- There may be difficulty or even complete incompatibility with the use of 3rd party add-ons or other programs.
Go with a CMS site, particularly Concrete5. Concrete5's platform has quickly gained the attention of business, government and educational institutions alike as the go-to platform for many of their sites and offers the best of both the traditional and quickie websites.
- Concrete5 sites are unusually easy to set-up and maintain with many hosting solutions now providing one-click installation.
- You can edit yourself without having a web developer on your payroll!
- C5 sites are extremely flexible, coming installed with several essential "add-ons" that can be activated with a click of a button.
- They can be highly customized to suit your needs, especially if you are familiar with coding or hire a website designer.
- C5 sites are very scalable and you shouldn't ever "outgrow" your C5 website.