Would you use a Content Management System (CMS) for a high traffic or client website? Why or why not? I have been designing websites for myself for a couple of years now, and have not thought twice about modifying a free Content Management System or pre-written e-Commerce solution to help build my business and personal websites. But now, I have been hired to design websites for several small companies. Let me ask you what you think. If I design a client website starting with a Content Management System like Mambo, Joomla, or e-Commerce solution like osCommerce, would you consider this cheating? Should I really reinvent the wheel if I am able to start with a great system that has already been written, then modify or add to it to suite my clients needs? Am I being deceitful to my client? I personally don’t think so! If you charge them for your time, and your time is building them a site that suites their needs, and you deliver, then you are doing exactly what they have asked. Chances are you have also saved them a bundle of money. What do you think?
Just take a moment and look at many of the websites you frequent. I bet many of them are built on these pre-existing systems. I know many of my favorite sites are! Many thanks to the contributors of these systems.