Martin Houlden

In the world of open-source Content Management Systems (CMS) it’s fair to say that there are some big players amongst the thousands of competing systems. Some are good, some are… well… less proficient than you’d be led to expect!

We have extensive experience in specifying the best solution for your needs, whether than is an open-source solution, or a custom designed one especially built to suit the individual requirements of your company.

But I’d by lying if I didn’t admit to small amount of satisfaction when a client who has previously used one of the popular O/S ‘solutions’ decides it’s far too counter-intuitive and opts for our SouthCMS solution instead. In fact I believe the word “smug” might have been used for moments such as that!

The debate between open-source and bespoke can be applied to every market, yet I think it was best summed up by the tailoring profession who say “A bespoke suit may hurt your wallet when you first buy it, but an off the peg one hurst every time you put it on”. Being a customer of King & Allen I can relate to that! But is software any different?

Well yes, of course, but it boils down to the same choice. Buy something cheap and cheerful and struggle to use it on a daily basis, or pay a bit more, and get something that is a pleasure to use.

Manorhousemagazines.co.uk are a good case in point. Having used one of the largest OS systems available, they found that it simply didn’t fit well with their company – they couldn’t sell products easily, nor keep up-to-date with stock control, and found that due to the ‘one size fits all’ philosophy of open-source systems, they were bombarded by lots of functionality which wasn’t required, and only served to make using the system more complicated.

SouthCMS is built with just the particular modules that you need – no need for hundreds of confusing icons that you’ll never use, just custom built features that you’ll use on a day-to-day basis. For example With SouthCMS you can opt for the ‘Product manager’ module, then you can easily load in products and choose where they’re used throughout the site. Need to update an item? well that’s easy – just update it once, and all the other instances reflect the changes straight away.

It’s small things such as that, which made using SouthCMS a better, more efficient, option for Manor House.

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