A Content Management System (CMS) for an eCommerce business has become as indispensable as “a gemstone in a ring”. Like one cuts, fits and polishes the gem for an elegant exhibit, an appropriate CMS will provide competency and potential to your business. The most important proposition while you choose one, or the other kind of a CMS, lies in the benefits that will be consummated in the present-day; as well as in the future of your business endeavors.
Out of the myriad alternatives, we will be exploring through two:
1. DNN (DotNukeNet)
One is a CMS at its core and essence; the other has diversified from a Document Management System (DMS) to a CMS, by virtue of customization and fixing—to streamline one’s business needs.
Why DNN (DotNukeNet)?
1. Open source – Source code is freely available allowing both improvement and expansion of the system. Although most of the open source Content Management Systems are freely available, DNN’s Evoq content solutions requires a commercial license.
2. Highly Extensible- In simple words, it is designed and developed in such a way that websites of contrasting dimensions—small ones constituting few pages to large enterprise eCommerce websites—can be developed. These sites can be further enhanced with sophisticated functionality using third party modules.
3. Microsoft Product – Those working in a Microsoft environment would find it more familiar, notwithstanding being a Microsoft product makes it a well-documented framework with solid foundation. Also, since it is written in C#, it can very easily handle complex modules.
4. Scalable – DNN can host multiple independent websites under one single installation. For businesses that require different websites for different products and/or services, DNN proves to be very useful.
5. Secure – The MS SQL encrypted database provides reliable security by storing all content and configuration information. Also, security updates for DNN development are released frequently.
6. Easy to develop and customize – DNN is specifically web-based with a simple user-interface. It is both developer and non-developer friendly since there is no specific administration area or administration dashboard, and all customizations can be carried out from the website itself.
1. Robustness – Sharepoint can be used for whatever business niche one needs. It was originally a Document Management System (DMS), but its robustness led it to become customizable and be used as a Content Management System.
2. Multitasking – Sharepoint is capable of handling numerous functions: intranet, extranet, business intelligence, workflow management, web content management,etc. that were traditionally viewed as separate functions.
3. Microsoft Product – The brand name of Microsoft in addition to providing conviction, also ensures that Sharepoint works best with Microsoft products, especially CRM and ERP systems.
4. Collaborative – The benefit of being diversified from a Document management System to a Content Management System provides Sharepoint a substantial credibility for document sharing and team collaboration.
5. Secure – The collaboration and management associated with Sharepoint works in the most secured way. With a database considered one of the finest, it can handle large chunks of data and provides different access rights to multiple users all over.
DNN or Sharepoint?
1. Time – Sharepoint requires more time and effort to be customized into a CMS as compared to DNN.
2. Cost – Sharepoint is more expensive as compared to DNN. However, for an enterprise solution engulfing multiple application tasks, Sharepoint can be the best bet.
3. Size – DNN can handle websites that are only one page big, to ones that are huge. Sharepoint generally is associated with robust enterprise solutions. Both DNN and Sharepoint have merits and demerits of their own. However, ultimately it is the need and requirement of the business that will drive you to the appropriate option.