Disadvantages of a CMS – Content Management System
September 12, 2020
Content management system also popularly referred to as CMS is a website management software. This piece of software provides a user-friendly interface to create, collaborate, edit, archive, and manage your website’s content. Thus, it helps eliminate the need to hand-code a website.
The most popular CMS is an open-source software called wordpress. In general, open-source means that the original source code is freely available and can be redistributed or modified. This software allows anyone to either add or tweak features that can be utilized to their advantage.
Despite CMS being a powerful tool that has evolved significantly, it has its flaws and being aware of them will help you make informed decisions.
Disadvantages of Content Management System
Visitors usually have a shorter attention span. If a website doesn’t load fast enough, they will bounce onto the next website. Also, Google prefers fast-loading sites with constant updates. Therefore, CMS gives those sites a higher SEO priority. With constant updates, the website becomes bigger. CMS is data-driven, as the website becomes bulky, the loading time also increases which is not preferable.
CMS platforms are prone to hackers. To stay on top and provide secure services, they constantly update their services and these updates are released to patch faults of previous versions. Most of the time, the software update will be smooth and will integrate with the existing theme and plugins. However, there are situations where the currently used themes and plugins do not recognize the update and behave differently. When this happens, it affects the functionality of the website and reflects negatively on the business. If the issue is not resolved on time, it will tamper with the business workings and ultimately incurs losses.
CMS comes with financial hidden costs as well. It might be in the form of paid plugins, themes, premium updates, and many more. Superficially, it looks well and good to have a highly affordable website. But if you are planning on expanding your customer base and adding functionalities to a base website, it comes at a hefty price.
Nearly all popular CMS platforms are on professional hackers’ hit list. WordPress alone powers 60% of the websites. A hacker does not need a better reason to mine data and make a quick buck. Furthermore, cybercriminals intend to hack and destroy website businesses operating on CMS.These activities can prove to be catastrophic if your business relies on online leads, sales, and revenue. Once hacked, the SEO ranking drops down and negatively affects customer trust.
There are so many themes and templates offered by the CMS platforms. These are either free or paid. Most of the time the one that resonates with your business would be paid. Regardless of the cost, even the best of themes will not be a perfect fit and it will need modification to satisfy your business needs. After all the hard work, you realize the same theme can be found on multiple websites. Therefore, it leads to a loss of individuality which can be frustrating.
Not every theme developed will use the same combination of programming languages. To edit a theme and incorporate changes, it will require expertise. If you are a budding business and decide to hire a person to take care of the website needs, training will be required. Training will include everything from the understanding of the interface to adopting the coding style.
Overdependence on plugins
CMS is great because you can find a plugin, for any functionality in mind. On the flip side, too many plugins slow down the website making it undesirable for visitors. Additionally, not all plugins are reputable. Thus, you need to make sure it has good reviews and higher ratings. Another point to be noted is that not all plugins are followed through by the developers. If your plugin is outdated, it will be prone to hackers jeopardizing the integrity of the website.
It is not always possible for a plugin to provide a solution to your functionality requirement. Situations may arise where building a custom application is the only solution available that can solve your needs. In such cases, CMS does not offer the flexibility to do so. This will leave you with no choice but to build a customized website from scratch.
Similar to custom applications, custom integrations cannot be integrated into a CMS website. These custom integrations are software applications developed by a third-party vendor. Opting for custom integrations is a great way to cut down the time taken to build a website.
Multilingual support does not exist
It’s an excellent strategy to have a niche target audience. But what if your target audience is not native English speakers and are of different cultural backgrounds? What if you expand your business operations to a non-English speaking country? How do you cater to them?
Many CMS platforms do not support multilingual websites and pages. You would need to hire a dedicated developer to resolve this hurdle. You need to ensure that multilingual service is provided before you decide on a platform.
Support and guidance
The most popular CMS platforms are open-source, which are good for rapid development and enhanced functionality. But it is not so good for support, as it is not possible to hold anyone accountable for glitches and irregular behavior in open-source softwares. There will be community forms in CMS that will help resolve your issues but it is a very slow process and it is not 100% reliable.