Open source content management, for SMEs...?

17 Jul 2009
Posted by adrianb

DynASP has been testing out a variety of website content management systems (CMS) and we are now offering CMS as a new service.

Once the preserve of large corporates, website content management systems are now low cost enough to be viable for almost every small or medium business (SME).

Most of the big Internet Service Provider's (ISP) offer an inclusive but quite limited CMS as part of their broadband service offerings. However, once a contract has been signed, as so many of their users are now finding, a big ISP can often become inflexible, unhelpful and very frustrating to deal with.

Recently, open source derived CMS have matured to the point where they can provide almost every feature that a business needs in the increasingly competitive on-line sales arena, and at an affordable price.

This is where working with an agile, more specialised, and knowledgeable IT services company can really be an attractive proposition for SME's. Working with specialised hosting service companies using virtual servers and cloud computing, and using open sourced software, DynASP can now offer really useful website features of the kind only the "big players" used to be able to afford, but at an SME price point. Many modules are built in or can be made easily available in one click:

  • Blogging
  • Forums
  • modular themes
  • e-commerce/shopping cart
  • Fully automated Help and support ticketing / CRM
  • Polling
  • Mailing lists
  • House Sales Management / Estate Agent
  • Education Software - fully automated course management

Of course any one of these can be complicated to configure, so if you prefer we can manage the entire set-up for you. As the most of systems we use are modular, you can pick and choose the functionality you want, taking on as much or as little of the updating/configuration as you like. As most of the software is open-source, you won't get hit by extravagant licensing charges - you try for very little up-front cost.

If you don't have the time or have much IT or web design knowledge, we can design and configure and commission your site and all the functionality for you, producing design briefs and samples / wire frames and setting up functions to fit with your requirements - we'll make it as painless and simple as possible.

So if you have a static site or inflexible CMS site which needs an update, you should consider one of the new generation of open source CMS systems instead, and you too will be able to take advantage of the burgeoning range of Web 2.0 - 3.0 features on offer, and keep your on-line business presence from dropping off the Google map..

Just contact us for more details.