Creating Your Own CMS
So, you are dissatisfied with your current CMS, and have entertained the idea of building your own. Should you attempt this, or are you in over your head? Although it might seem like you could make your web hosting customers happy by creating the perfect, easy to use CMS, you might want to rethink that idea.
Others have thought this very same thing, so let's look at some of the reasons why building your own CMS is probably not a wise choice.
Creating Your Own CMS: Don't Reinvent The Wheel
If you are thinking about designing your own CMS, that means you have the technical knowledge to do so. Otherwise, you would never have come up with the idea! Rather than start from scratch to build your CMS, why don't you just customize an open-source CMS? This will save you a significant amount of time, and also provide you with support in the form of other users who you can turn to when questions arise.
If you use Joomla, for example, you'll find it is highly customizable to your specific needs. It is the same with WordPress. If you decide to take on the task of building your own, there will be no one there to help you. The old saying “Work smarter, not harder” applies here: customizing an open-source CMS is better than starting from scratch.
Creating Your Own CMS: A Sea Of Options
You don't need to stick with the CMS you and your web hosting clients dislike. With thousands of CMS options out there, why settle? CMS tasks vary from CMS to CMS: some will auto-tweet your blog posts, monitor Facebook ROI, manage newsletters, and more. Conduct thorough research on all CMS offerings before resorting to creating your own.
Do you think your job is over when you are through creating your CMS? Just like a pet, you'll find you need to continually care for it over time. As the tech world changes, your CMS will be expected to change with it. Do you have the time to devote to updating your CMS? The majority of large CMS offer upgrades every two years. Can you handle that? Rather than creating a CMS that you constantly have to update, wouldn't you like to let someone else do all the hard work?
One of the main reasons you should stay away from creating your own CMS : the cost. It's going to take a long time to build. This is time spent on things other than your business. Can you afford devoting the time to building this, and how will it affect your business financially?
How good are you at writing code that functions well? Every programmer knows that it takes time to work all of the kinks out, and even more time to offer something that runs smoothly. Though your users will appreciate certain functions, will it all go smoothly? I'm going to bet not off the bat! Some of the code is going to bog down processes, and are you going to want to take the time right away to fix it? If it's only you using the CMS, then it isn't as big of a deal. But will others accept these kinks? Probably not. It takes a very long time to get everything working just right, so if you don't have the time to devote, don't try it!
It all comes down to what you are willing to put yourself through, and what your business stands to lose. Focus on other CMS options first, as you might be surprised to find an option that suits your customers perfectly!
Have you created your own CMS? How did it go? We want to hear about your experiences!