Both custom, or proprietary, and open source content management systems (CMS) have distinct advantages and disadvantages. Which direction you go will come down to personal preference, but it might be worth the time to lay out a few notes to help you make that decision.
Here at Five Technology we consider the CMS to be a commodity. What that essentially means is there are hundreds if not thousands of them out there and you are not going to find a lot of difference from one to the other.
If a website development company claims the CMS they offer is a competitive advantage, there probably isn't a lot of depth as to what they can offer you. With all being equal, there can be yellow lights that might cause you to lean one direction or another however.
If you are looking for an black and white answer, you'll have to change the question. The real advantage of any CMS lies with the development team implementing your website and their comfort level and/or ability with the system. We recommend you choose a website development company you trust can deliver on time and on budget, and let them choose the CMS they are most proficient with.
My goal is to double revenue from the site in the next 2 years. Now that Five Technology has built me this powerful portal management web application, I am able to streamline the process of publishing content.Paul Taylor III, SurvivingMold.com
The staff at Five Technology has been wonderful to work with. They are receptive to the needs of the school district and willing to work within our budget. They have gone above and beyond to make sure we are satisfied with the product they are delivering.Traci Lawman, Delano Public Schools
Wow, the transition to the new system was seamless. Kudos to everyone that worked this out. Thank you very much!Vicki Adney, Reck Agri
We have had many comments from our community on the ease of use of navigation and they really have enjoyed the new look and layout. Our staff certainly has benefited as we have used the website more and more as a communication device to our school patrons. I look forward to taking full advantage of the student section for our classes, hopefully next year.Paul Ludwig, Delano Public Schools