Ready to find a new web CMS?

The CMS-focused website Fierce Content Management asked me this month to write up my 2010 advice for finding a web content management system. (Hat-tip to FierceCM editor Ron Miller for inviting me to contribute; his site and newsletter are must-reads for anyone tuned into content management.)

My advice rolled up several of the key ideas we espouse here at the CMS Myth, including our central belief that you shouldn’t just throw software at your website. As we tell people every day, CMS isn’t a silver bullet.

The article (“Finding the right web CMS in 2010”) was a quick hitter, packing a lot of ideas into a short column. But the CliffsNotes version of our 2010 CMS buyers’ tips goes like this:

• Think about strategy first, technology second
• Bury the CMS feature matrix
• Don’t expect to find “the best” CMS
• Measure CMS against your key fit factors
• Tap the community for validation
• When in doubt, ask the experts

Anyone who’s needed to identify a web CMS solution knows it can be daunting work. If you’re in the CMS buying market in 2010, things aren’t getting much easier. You’re sitting at the nexus of hundreds (thousands?) of potential solutions. Marketing thinks it wants this set of features, IT needs that. Execs just want a new site running with CMS. You’re managing a budget and a timetable. Vendors sound more and more alike the more you read about their products and see their demos.

Stay tuned to The CMS Myth. Over the next few weeks we’ll dive more deeply into some of the advice in the Fierce Content Management article.

And, offer your feedback and ideas in the comments section. If something’s worked for you, let others hear about it. If you’re stuck, we’ll do what we can to offer our ideas.

About the Author
David Aponovich

A former 'CMS Insider,' David is relentlessly focused on the gap between vendor speak and customer adoption. In addition to keeping a keen eye on industry trends, he works with clients on the cultural and process implications of CMS that are so often overlooked. David wrote for the CMS Myth during his time working at Connective DX (formerly ISITE Design).

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