by Emily Oskay Gerrick
Now that I have laid out for you the pros and cons of open source CMS, let me give you the rundown on proprietary CMS. Remember, in our first article we noted that proprietary content management systems are run by private companies that are in charge of the features, functionality and maintenance of the software.
Like open-source, there are many different proprietary CMS software, but the key factor is being comfortable with the company behind them. They must have the expertise to not only keep your website running, but be able to invest in the continual improvement of their product. Other benefits include:
The key issue with finding a proprietary CMS first and foremost lies in the company you choose to partner with. It is a partnership and collaboration, so make sure you feel comfortable with the product, the team you’ll be working with, and the support system. Spend time weighing the pros and cons, but also feel comfortable and sure in your company choice.
All in all, there are good and bad points from any platform. None are perfect. Look at your budget, look at your needs, make a pro con list for what you’re looking for within your system and for your website and decide what is best for your business.
Emily joined the Marketpath team in December of 2014 as a User Experience (UX) Designer. She serves as the product designer for Marketpath CMS, and the lead designer for the Pro Services division. Emily works directly with clients to establish their online marketing goals and outlines any functional requirements the custom website may need before designing client websites.
Emily obtained her Masters of Science in Information Architecture & Knowledge Management with a concentration in User Experience Design from Kent State University in 2018. She previously attended Purdue University and graduated from Purdue University in May of 2013 with a B.A. in Visual Communication Design and Computer Science. In her free time, Emily enjoys cooking, drawing and designing, traveling the world, and spending time with her family and friends.