The presence of a large number of CMSs speaks a lot about the varied requirements of people. Nothing other than the specific attribute/s the users are looking for in a CMS should be the motivating factor to choose it or lose it. As the search is always on for something better, even before the waters are tested, the name heralds a lot about any CMS. Entered the mainstream in the same decade as WordPress, CMS Made Simple (CMSMS) is literally expected to carry the tag: ‘Simple’. As a matter of fact CMSMS is being promoted as a ‘simple’ alternative.
The alternative and the primary
- Setting up
As you would expect, setting up of CMSMS mirrors WordPress’. The process and number of steps are the same. However if you keep a close watch of the time, CMSMS takes a shade longer to setup. Technically or otherwise, you will not notice any difference.
- Admin console
The console is well laid out and oozes simplicity. Improvements have been made from the previous versions. The controls are consistent irrespective of the customizations you would normally go for post setting up. However in WordPress, the console view keeps changing as and when you customize. This is a slight drawback as far as the user-friendliness is concerned.
- Theme needs to be worked
Having worked with WordPress, you might think that theming is not a great deal. All you might need to do is search for a theme of your choice and install. And you are good to go. But turns out to be not so with CMSMS. The visceral touch is missing. The installation technique using XML mimics WordPress’ single step installation. However, after which, you will need to go through the documentation to make the theme active. WordPress’ own themes never has this issue.
- Content management
The familiar WYSIWYG editor helps add/edit texts and images in CMSMS pretty much the same way you do in WordPress or other CMS. A variation is that CMSMS offers you the flexibility to moderately alter the layout of your page via individual templates.
Your template needs to be included with a code if you want google analytics to be activated for your site in contrast with WordPress where you only have to install the modules. Issue arises when you change your theme; you must have the code added to the new theme as well.
On the other hand adding an image is a disaster with CMSMS. Clearly the developers have missed out on some parameters required for the proper upload of images. If you are successful in adding an image in CMSMS, you will have alignment issues. If you are technically sound, you could fix these issues, but you are not in for fixing bugs. You might want to reconsider your options.
No major troubles with CMSMS wherein you can install plugins directly with the help of an XML file or from your server onto which you would need to upload the code. WordPress fares well in plugin installation by virtue of its user-friendliness.
You will need a module installed in order to add contact form to your pages. The basic version lacks this ability; a bit annoying for CMSMS users.
The alternative needs catching up to do
Besides the slight higher scores over WordPress in less significant areas, CMSMS remains low on many counts such as user-friendliness, unready themes, fewer modules, failure on content side. CMSMS simply needs to stop being an alternative in order to lock horns with the biggies.