There are a variety of advantages to working in a content management system (CMS) when it comes to your website. One of those advantages is that it aids in the translation process. Translating content from a CMS can very easily be accomplished via a Translation Management System (TMS) such as Beebox by Wordbee – reducing about 15 steps down to 5.
Advantages include reduced friction in the translation process, faster handling of updates and additions, and no manual handling of files or cutting and pasting content.
There are quite a few content management systems out there to suit different business needs. Here are some highlights – all of these systems are compatible with our TMS.
Adobe Experience Manager (AEM)
Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) is a powerful CMS that integrates well with the Adobe suite of products. AEM is written for the author – enabling him/her to create the content. It is a complete out-of-the-box solution with the ability to customize with plugins. The background structure offers easy and consistent organization for your content. There is also a good resource of online training courses available.
Setting up and configuring AEM requires specialized knowledge. It isn’t as easy to get up and running as some other CMS systems. It can be a bit complicated and time-consuming when it comes to customizing parts of the website, depending on its size and complexity. A lot of tasks that seem to be easy or are quick to do in other CMS systems often require a Developer in AEM.
Drupal is one of the most comprehensive CMS systems available. It has a very specific programming environment, making it more than just a CMS script. Drupal includes a lot of functionalities, making it possible to create simple or advanced websites, blogs, discussion boards, etc. It is known for the variety of content types that can be created and managed. Not only are there capabilities for design element editing and page content categorization, but there is also advanced user management that supports different permission levels. A number of plugins are available, and since it’s an open source platform, you can create your own as well.
When it comes to installation and modification, the script requires advanced knowledge and is not very user-friendly. Scalability and efficiency could be improved. For larger websites, the script will generate a big server load, which is a result of the range of possibilities provided by Drupal. However, there are plugins that load a website to the server’s cache that may decrease server load.
Joomla! is a popular middle of the road CMS with programmers. It is simple to install and only takes a few minutes from download to have the working script on your server. The script has a comprehensive navigation system that can manage a variety of hierarchies. Generated links are user friendly, positioning well for SEO. Updates are web-based and there are also a variety of free plugins available. Advanced administration provides many useful functions as well.
Despite its many modules and templates, there is still limited adjustment options. Server resources and efficiency could be an issue. Modularity and expandability often translates to bigger demands on server capability. Some of the plugins are paid, and compatibility issues could arise with some of the plugins. Some functionalities may not be possible without some serious PHP code work.
Kentico is a powerful CMS that is Microsoft .net based. It has a flexible content model with built-in modules and extensible framework. It supports all the latest Microsoft technologies, including bi-directional Sharepoint integration. It was designed for easy installation, use, and the ability to modify. Kentico also has many excellent security and management options, with a variety of permission levels for users.
If you’re looking for a support community, Kentico might not be right for you. Its forums tend to be smaller with sparse information on programming questions. Developers have the ability to add web components, but there is little in the way of third party modules. The object model is a little different – you need to create document types, documents, document templates, etc. One of the bigger drawbacks of Kentico is the price tag. Basic service starts at $1,999 a year, while enterprise-level services can run up to $14,999 a year.
The Sitecore CMS is scalable and intuitive with functionality to help businesses create a full-featured web experience. It is customizable and makes it easy to manage all web properties. Sitecore is another .net-based solution that allows you to build your website from the ground up, customizing everything including templates and layouts. This CMS features an open architecture with a robust development environment and tools.
Sitecore really is for larger scale websites and it most likely will not be the most affordable option if you are working with smaller scale sites. Sitecore CMS requires developers with .net experience, which might require an outside development team to assist you company. The backend can also be slow when logged in as an administrator.
Sitefinity is a powerful CMS geared towards larger projects with bigger scopes in terms of deployment and presence. It is easy to understand for .net developers and is well-designed for enterprise-level companies. Sitefinity comes with several ready-to-use content types and includes SEO. Additionally, there is built-in Sliverlight and Amazon S3 support.
Many of the features on Sitefinity come as add-ons and it isn’t the quickest or easiest CMS out there. Sitefinity rivals Kentico in terms of price as .net development frequently comes with a higher price tag than PHP development. It also requires a Windows license for installation. Additionally, there is a rather small community out there for support.
WordPress is great for creating a simple website. It is one of the easiest to use and it is a great CMS for beginners as it doesn’t require PHP or HTML knowledge. There is a strong user community that can make troubleshooting easier. There are thousands of plugins – many free – which make it very customizable. WordPress menu management has extended functionalities and non-standard fields are supported.
Though easy to set up and get started, modifications do require some more technical knowledge. Certain modifications require knowledge of PHP, and design modifications require knowledge of HTML and CSS. WordPress requires the installation of a number of plugins to be competitive with other CMS’s like Joomla! or Drupal. These plugins often negatively affect the script’s efficiency. Additionally, among the thousands of plugins, most of them have clones, making it difficult and time consuming to choose the right one.
Peter founded Argo Translation, originally based in Milwaukee, WI, in 1995. Prior to transferring his love of all things international and his savvy business expertise into Chicago’s premier translation agency, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he graduated with a major in finance and human resource management. After graduation he went on to become an Italian translator and project manager for an international medical equipment manufacturer and major airline.