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Choosing the right platform for building the website

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Choosing the right platform for building the website

August 18, 2017

Choosing the right platform to build your website can make a huge difference to the success of the project. It will impact the time to build, the cost that will occur to build it, the flexibility and maintainability of the website, as well as performance of the website and hosting cost. Here are some thumb rule points to keep in mind.

In order to choose right platform we perform an extensive research to kick start with apt platform for your website.Websites can be built using a variety of open-source platforms including:

CMS:
– WordPress
– Magento
– Joomla
– Drupal

MVC Framework:

– Code igniter
– Laravel
– Symfony

No platform is perfect and each system has its pros and cons. Below is the more detail for it.

Don’t reinvent the CMS

Open source CMS systems exist for a very good reason; they provide a well-maintained functionality. If a client comes to us wanting an e-commerce store, we could spend number of days building a e-commerce website or we could get functionality almost immediately by installing an e-commerce system, such as Magento. Basically, we are putting the icing on the cake, rather than baking the cake from scratch.

The same is true of content based websites, CMS such as WordPress offer a dynamic admin panel bundled with themes and plugins, meaning your money is spent building the functionality that is unique to your application and organisation.

If the website is unlikely to fulfil all of your requirements in its default form, so it will require tailoring to your needs. This is where your money should be spent – making the system your own. Always think for long or short term goal before investing.

Developing over a CMS

Typically, our clients will have a picture in their mind of the kind of system they want, may be they have used a CMS before, which makes them feel comfortable, or they have heard people talking about. What is true of all clients, is that they want their perfect system within the budget that they have already been allocated. So naturally, the budget becomes a key factor and because of this, CMS platforms forms the majority of websites that we build.

The fact is that all open source platforms are built for flexibility first, then performance, code quality, scalability and maintainability. They are designed to be suitable for the widest variety of use-case, helping the platform develop over time.

So for small to medium sized applications, this compromise is acceptable as the application is unlikely to reach the complexity or volume of traffic that could cause pain.

Budget is not number one priority

During the vendor selection process, budget is client’s number one priority. Once your new website is live, page load speed and an absence of bugs in your user journey are your number one priority and so rightly as once you have invested in your new application, you would expect to live with it for a significant amount of time.

Performance and scalability : There are far too many variables that decides the performance of an application, the more functionality and/or flexibility that a platform includes in its standard form will go a long way towards dictating its perceived performance “as standard”. Thus, starting with the most performance platform that meets your requirements functionally makes sense.

Generally, platforms such as WordPress are considered lightweight. Joomla, Drupal, Code Igniter, Laravel and Yii would fall in the middle ground and Magento would be heavyweight.

So, why would we use Magento if it is the least performance option and heavy on resource? This is the key – Measuring up all of the pros and cons and making a decision that is specific to your project, business and users. If it doesn’t fit suitable for your project tailor made applications can always be developed.

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