Web Content Management Systems
Terminal can design online brochures and install content management systems like Wordpress and Drupal. For smaller custom projects with custom editing requirements, a back end can be programmed in PHP using the Symfony framework.
Online brochures are simple 1-3 page sites. They are the least expensive option, but have no administration features and require a web designer to manage. However, because any HTML based template can be used, making brochure sites visually appealing is easy. They are appropriate for businesses when the alternative is not having any online presence. They are also used as placeholders while larger website projects are completed.
- Sites for small startups and consultants
- Placeholder for new website under construction
- Landing pages and mini-sites for specific products and services
Content Managment Systems (CMS)
Content Managment Systems (CMS) include Wordpress and Drupal - free to install, but time consuming to configure and use. They are the least expensive way to obtain blog, e-commerce, content management, and site admin features. The drawback is changing how they look or work is often not worth the additional development cost. Anyone can update content, but only a skilled specialist can keep the system running smoothly. Project costs range from one to tens of thousands of dollars or more. They are a good option for small budgets, where expectations are also minimized.
- Small businesses who don't have HTML editors on staff
- Sites focused on blogs, news, or other chronological posts
- Organizations with small budgets
Web Application Frameworks
Framework based sites use the same core code libraries as full fledged CMS systems, but the features found in a complete CMS have to be coded by a programmer. So they need more development hours than a CMS install. Content can be managed in a back end, like a CMS, but all admin features also need to be custom developed. These types of applications are focused on specific goals instead of trying to do everything, so they can have better performance and ease of use for non-tech users. Total costs often range from ten to fifty thousand dollars. For companies with a sufficient budget who require unusual features, frameworks represent an excellent value.
- Web sites integrating government databases or services
- Web sites integrating CRM or e-commerce applications
- Custom web applications