Is your CMS ready for retirement?
Unlike people, content management systems don’t get better with age. In fact, an older CMS can be downright crotchety. Here are four good reasons to keep your CMS young.
- Security. An outdated CMS can make your site more vulnerable to hackers and other miscreants.
- Browser compatibility. Older CMS’s may not render correctly on today’s browsers.
- Mobile friendliness. Recent CMS’s take advantage of responsive design, so they look good on any device.
- Search optimization. Search engines have evolved and the latest CMS versions have evolved along with them.
A general rule of thumb is that if your CMS is more than two years old, you should consider updating it. (But bear in mind that security updates should be applied regularly.) We recently updated the Senior Community Services website from Drupal 5 to Drupal 7. SCS is a terrific organization that provides services to older folks and their families. (And please, no jokes about the site being “old.”) In this case, a full rebuild of the site made sense because the CMS was two releases old. The new site looks great on all major browsers, smartphones and tablets. It’s protected from the bad guys. And it’s search engine friendly.
If you think your site may be ready for an update, give us a call. We love working with older sites.