CMS web design pitfalls that developers should be aware of

In last few years, designing a website has become more hassle free and simpler than ever before owing to advent of certain apps and technology. Web design professionals can resort to standalone apps and scripting languages, for example, to create fully fledged content rich and interactive website within a short time span. However, CMS web development has become quite popular in recent times. These website development apps are mostly free, support extensive extensions and plug-ins and give developers immense flexibility. Lots of professional and personal and commercial websites are made using CMS apps like Drupal and Joomla nowadays.

If you are a newbie in web design industry and want to shine in CMS web development, there are certain things you need to follow. CMS web development is profitable and rewarding as a career option, but you need to be aware of the most commonplace mistakes designers make in creating CMS based websites. Otherwise, performance and security of your CMS websites will be jeopardized to an extent.

Selecting a CMS that is not suitable for project: This is one mistake many CMS developers make. Just because a CMS app is feature rich and offers great media integration and SEO friendly features, it is not necessary to choose it for every site you develop! Some small websites can be designed with basic and less feature rich CMS apps as it can save time. Selecting a vast CMS app for designing a small website can result in improper use of resources. Similarly, catering to a vast web design project with a CMS lacking advanced features can spell doom.

Running into excess with design and content: No matter how advanced a CMS app may be, you need not implement most of its features in designing a site when doing so is not necessary. Doing so can result in website interface clutter, which can be a cause for annoyance of viewers. Despite the advancements in web design industry and technology, nothing can surpass the appeal of simplicity of design. Besides, using many elements in websites makes the web pages heavier and they may take longer to get rendered.

Overlooking security aspect: This flaw in CMS web design can prove to be a fatal one. Even though CMS apps have some security measures integrated, as a web developer you need to ensure that no security loophole is left open in your site based on a CMS. Otherwise, malicious hackers can gain control on your website and wreck havoc with its content. Developers should apply security patches released from time to time by CMS makers. Without critical security patches, the CMS app you use remain vulnerable to numerous online attacks.

Being careless about user privileges and access: While making and publishing CMS based websites, developers need to keep an eye on user access limits and privileges. It is okay to allow users to post comments and subscribe to RSS feeds but offering them access to content and admin controls should not be done. It is possible that hackers can seek access to your website content in guise of regular users. Web developers need to be particularly careful about allowing users to access media contents in a site.

Web developers using CMS apps should be mindful about altering default passwords provided by the app. However, nowadays most CMS apps remind users to change default password post installation. Same can be said about using blank password for CMS applications. Developers should make it a habit to use complex passwords that are really difficult to guess.

Using plug-ins that are not safe: There is no denying the reality that one of the reasons CMS apps are preferred by thousands of developers is their support for multiple plug-ins and extensions. These plug-ins make the CMS software more functional. However, the same aspect can turn out to be a cause for concern if developers are not careful.

Before installing and using a plug-in with his preferred CMS app, a developer needs to check its security level. These CMS plug-ins are mostly made by third party entities. Therefore, web developers should use CMS plug-ins that are known to be safe. Using plug-ins for a CMS app certified by its maker is the safest method.

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