How to build your own Custom CMS?

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We all know what’s that superhero behind the scenes of any modern website—that’s right, it’s the CMS aka Content Management System, a tool that handles website updates with ease. Here are some thought-provoking statistics you might find interesting: 

  • A number of websites powered by CMSs accounts for  73 million. 

  • 30.46 million live websites are built on WordPress.

  • The fastest-growing CMS is Wix.

  • the CMS market is predicted to generate revenue of about $123 billion in 2026.

However, many companies these days are forgoing those universal solutions in favor of something more tailored: a custom content management system. The best part is that creating a CMS that is entirely yours means that you create a distinct online environment where every piece of content and every marketing gimmick speaks specifically to your audience. Sound tempting? Let’s dive right in and build your own CMS!


What is a Content Management System?

To put it simply, a custom CMS is an easy-to-use and scalable platform that is developed to satisfy the most demanding businesses in terms of content management. This platform is flexible and adaptable to grow along with your business and ready to face any challenges the digital environment presents. The main idea behind this software is to keep the users satisfied.

Why is the Preference Given to CMS?

 long story short, a custom content management system is a tool that turns the mundane work of updating the sites into an enjoyable adventure providing security, scalability, and even SEO functionality along the way. 

This powerful software makes posting, editing, and managing any kind of content a breeze. Known for its user-friendliness, and responsiveness, CSM is flexible enough to meet the demands of both large enterprises and small start-ups. So, Why do we opt for a custom and platform-based CMS?
 

No Hassle with Editing and Posting Content 

 

A CMS is that magic wand that makes our lives much easier because with it the process of updating a website is a breeze. There’s no problem with changing a text or adding a new blog post. If you want to change an image, it’s super easy too. All this technical complicated fuss is very much yesterday with this tool and only those who still stick to the old-school methods can complain.

Your Business Grows? So does Your Site

 

Like any other business owner, you must be dreaming of scaling and expanding your business to gain more revenue. In this case, you urgently require that your company expand its online presence as well. It means adding new features, new functionalities, and new pages. Of course, the thought of redesigning your current website makes you cringe and it’s totally understandable. Instead, try CMS, a software app that allows you to meet all your growing needs.

Keeping Hackers at Bay

 

We’re living in a digital era and such thing as the security of your website is no longer even debatable. You wouldn’t want to have it hacked and all your precious data stolen, would you? Modern CMSs guarantee a robust shield that is difficult to break or hack. However, it’s worth keeping it constantly upgraded because new online threats pop up every single day. Speaking of the security CMS provides, you can picture a virtual fence around your digital persona.

Hitting the First Google Top Search

 

All SEO specialists are racking their brains on how to make their website appear in the top Google search. It takes a great portion of time and effort and sometimes not at all modest budget. What if there was an app that could create SEO-friendly URLs, optimize metadata, and give your site that ranking boost you need? Stop dreaming because your dreams have already come true. Take advantage of a CMS and enjoy new leads.

Which Industries Need Custom CMS Development

It’s a no-brainer that different industries have different needs and for each of them there should be a specially tailored outfit so the businesses can feel modern and comfortable. For some industries, it’s just not enough to have a website that “does the job” because of their specific online needs. Let’s have a look at what industries can’t do without a reliable CSM to win the digital game. This information might help you decide how to create a content management system specifically for them.

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CMS for Retail

If an online store wants to make its customers come back for more, it has to offer a full range of features to make the shopping experience as smooth and as enjoyable as possible. No one likes making purchases on chaotic websites, right? Such features as a user-focused interface or personalized recommendations make the user experience great and customers loyal.  Plus, security also plays a pivotal role here. Hardly anyone will be pleased with an unreliable payment system, so all transactions should be safe and sound. A custom content management system can easily handle this for you.

Education

Schooling online requires a great deal of multimedia aids to elevate the learner's experience. Presentations, quizzes, interactive worksheets, videos, you name it are those visuals online schools can’t do without. To meet the growing requirements of both educators and learners, there should be a custom CMS in place to handle all kinds of teaching materials. What’s more, the platform must be user-centric and responsive and bring satisfaction in whatever a person does on it whether it’s doing their homework, tests, or taking part in online discussions.  Learning can be fun with the right CMS.   

Clinics and Hospitals 

As a rule, healthcare institutions are up to their eye with work juggling with appointments, patient tests, diagnoses, and other related things. It’s important that all data be organized neatly and under wraps. Both doctors and patients must have easy access to the health records and the whole process of dealing with the website must be intuitive and simple. That’s where a custom CSM comes in.

Advertising Agencies

Marketing is all about creativity and experimenting. The main aim is to get to the right audience at the right time and without great tools it’s difficult to realize. A CMS is a perfect solution because gives a helping hand in handling all sorts of marketing campaigns.

Hotels and Restaurants

Long before the guests check in at a hotel or an apartment, smart hospitality businesses take care of getting them comfortable online. 24/7 booking, bright photos of rooms, menus of restaurants—all these must be accessible to guests at the stage of planning their unforgettable trip. That friendly concierge service—always at your disposal. A custom CMS makes it all real.

A custom CMS for Fintech

Fintech is a very dynamic sector that sets certain requirements for the CMSs. In order to keep track of currency rates, which are constantly changing, stock prices, which also show great volatility or marketing trends, a CMS must be customized specifically for these needs. Some important interactive features can be also added to the suit like an online loan calculator or, integrations with platforms for investments or mobile banking apps. 

Manufacturing Segment

For businesses involved in manufacturing, it’s important to showcase their product and do it effectively. A custom CMS does its job well because it makes the presentation of the product bright and appealing helping producers put their best foot forward by demonstrating tiny product details and specifications, virtual tours, the process of production, R&D, etc.

Each of these industries has its own special twist, but they all need a CMS that fits just right, making life easier and keeping customers happy.

Should You Build Your Own CMS?

Content management systems like Wix, Joomla, and WordPress are immensely popular with some organizations, whereas such platform-pased CMSs built on Kentico, Umbraco, or Sitecore, Orchard Core, and Sitefinity give users the flexibility and tools they need to manage content with ease. With the use of plugins, themes, templates, and other CMS capabilities, users can configure CMS platforms in a variety of ways to suit their needs.

However, there’s still something that leaves the users unsatisfied. According to a recent survey, most businesses utilize two or more CMSs, which increases the complexity of their work. It's interesting to notice that from 14% in 2022 to 27% in 2024, more businesses now employ four or more systems. Conversely, within the same time frame, the proportion of businesses using just one CMS fell from 38% to 19%.

The thing is that none of the current content management systems fully live up to your specific expectations. Prominent CMSs frequently fall short of particular sectors' and business needs. Is there any solution? Actually, there is— start creating a content management system that appeals to a certain user. 

Tech Stack for CMS Building

When you're putting together a custom content management system, the tech is your secret sauce. These tech choices matter because they affect how well your CMS performs, how easy it is to use, and how much it can grow in the future. Picking the right tools from the start sets you up for success.

React for Front-End Development

React is a great choice for the front-end development of a custom CMS. If you take your website as a set of building blocks; React lets you use these blocks (known as components) to build a great online experience. What makes React stand out is its efficiency and the way it updates and renders just the right components when your data changes, without refreshing the whole page. This means faster load times and a smoother interaction for your users. Plus, there's a huge community and plenty of resources, making it easier to solve problems and find creative solutions.

Node.js for Back-End Development

Node.js powers the engine room of your CMS: the back-end. It’s what runs on the server, handling the heavy lifting from data management to connecting your CMS with other apps and services. It's built to handle multiple connections at once, making it incredibly efficient for data-intensive activities that a CMS requires. This means your CMS can support a large number of users smoothly, without slowing down or crashing. Node.js has a massive ecosystem of libraries (packages of code that you can add to your project), which can speed up development and add new functionalities to your CMS without reinventing the wheel.

.NET for Different Back-End Purposes

You won’t do without .NET if your task is to build a robust, scalable, and reliable CMS. .NET will provide you with everything you need to build integrations with other systems and manage databases. Boasting excessive libraries and being updated on a regular basis, .NET is a favorite choice for professional CMS developers they can always rely on.

How to Build a Content Management System Right

A custom CMS must stand out, it must sell smarter, work faster, and reach further. In fact, if you want a multitool digital Swiss knife at your fingertips, don’t overlook integrating necessary plugins. These small extras will give your users that sweet feeling of being valued. At Bits Orchestra, we love all these bells and whistles and have mastered this art.

CRM Integration

If you integrate your CMS with your CRM system, it’ll be a totally different way you communicate with your clients. All the necessary data is at hand—from purchasing history to consumer preferences and more. Knowing what your customer likes opens a whole bunch of insights you can build your personalized marketing strategy on by hitting them right in the heart.

Simple E-commerce Operations

We all do shopping online and the only thing that keeps us from abandoning the cart is smooth, secure, and fast payment, in a couple of clicks. If it takes longer than a minute, the chances that a user jumps to another friendlier website are pretty high. Make the process easy and fast, and you’ll ensure success for your online shopping platform. As easy as that.

ERP Integration

Looking to turbocharge your business processes? Go ahead and integrate an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system with your CMS. The data flows like a river and exchanging it has never been easier with this integration. It’s not only about managing the workflow, it’s about optimizing it.

Speeding Up with CDN

The content delivery Network (CDN) built into your CMS ensures worldwide reach, the feature most businesses are looking for. Plus a great bonus—quicker loading times and improved performance. For the majority of users the speed of loading plays a crucial role, so keep it in mind.

Language Support Plugins

A language plugging integrated into your CMS solutions opens your digital platform to users all over the world. It allows to literally speak the user’s language and lets them feel at home, loved, and understood. It’s much easier to employ your personalized approach with this integration because this language inclusivity is invaluable.

Event Coordination Tools

If you’ve decided to develop your custom CMS for a festival or a conference website, this integration is a must. All the things involved in organizing this kind of event such as managing registration forms, selling tickets, interacting with participants, and so on require a great deal of management. This integration helps do it effortlessly.

7 Steps to Building a Custom CMS

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Like any other project whether it’s mobile app development or web app development, building a custom CMS requires a plan with all stages, timelines, goals, and other necessary components in place. Only this way you can ensure a successful outcome. At Bits Orchestra, we have a certain process of CMS development, so we can share it with you.
  1. Define Your Goals and Needs

Before getting down to the development process, it’s worth answering several questions. Here are some of them: “What is the main goal of this CMS?”, “Who is the end user?”, “What type of content is it supposed to contain?”. If you have a helicopter view of your final product, it will be much easier to make up a specific plan and fill it with the necessary details.

  1. Pick the Right Tech Stack

When you cook some dish, you need the right ingredients, right? The same with building a custom CMS. At the end of the day, the choice of tools influences the final product. Of course, it’s a matter of taste which ones you prefer. For example, at Bits Orchestra, for custom software development, we integrate flexible features, add-ons, and enhancements into established CMS platforms such as Kentico, Umbraco, Sitecore, Gatsby, and Orchard Core to improve workflow efficiency and we also use the following open-source technologies: .net, .net Core, Asp.net, less, Vue.js, Javascript, Angular, HTML5, CSS, and React to deliver tailored CMS website development services. But the choice is yours if you want to build your own CMS. 

  1. Design Your User Experience

Great navigation, minimum clicks, intuitive design—all these features directly influence the mood of the end user and form what we call an impeccable user experience (UX. keep two personas in mind—the one who’s going to work with your CMS and the one who’s going to use it.  If you are able to satisfy both, think you hit the jackpot.

  1. Develop Your CMS

Now it’s time to get the ball rolling and make all your wishes come true. Step by step, write a secure, error-free code, add necessary features and integrations, and make sure the content is protected and everything works like a well-oiled machine.  that will ensure. Done? Perfect!

  1. Test Meticulously

It’s a very important stage, so don’t miss any details.  Testing should cover various aspects, including usability, performance, security, and compatibility across devices and browsers. It’s also a good idea to involve end-users in the testing phase. Their feedback is invaluable and helps you catch issues you might have overlooked.

  1. Launch

Ready, steady, go! Launching your custom CMS is exciting, but don’t relax— keep a close watch on its performance and user feedback. The initial launch is just the beginning. Monitoring how your CMS handles real traffic and usage will help you identify any flops and fix them timely.

  1. Maintain and Update

If you think that you can go on a long vacation after the launch of your custom CMS, we regret to disappoint you. As technology keeps changing, and security threats evolving, regular updates are crucial for keeping your CMS secure, fast, and functional. This includes patching security vulnerabilities, adding new features, and improving user experience based on feedback.
 

A Wrap-Up

So, what's the bottom line? Building your own custom CMS is like building your own dream house from scratch—everything should be comfortable, efficient, easy to use, and tailored to your needs. Smart, friendly, one of a kind. If you’re looking for ways to make your dreams come true and require a fast, budget-friendly, and efficient solution, turn to Bits Orchestra—we know how to do it right.

 


 

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