CMS vs Framework in web development

Certainly there have been a lot of argument between the CMS as well as framework technology that which is the best. But there are some basic things that you have to think before you choose any framework or a CMS in my personal opinion:Building a website from scratch is an intense hard working.
Now-a-days a huge number of people are using CMS and frameworks to build their website within very short period of time by spending less money. But, when you use the terminology Framework or CMS most of the clients and newbie developer got confused.
So, let's find out the difference and which one is best for you -


CMS abbreviation content management system is a framework that based on the modules rather than code. It is a Web Application for managing web content. Anyone can handle a CMS without knowing a single line of code. In other words, a CMS defines numerous categories of content like media, text etc. and allows a user to add, edit and manage the content through a simple user interface. One of the best CMS are WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc.


In case of framework, it is a library that makes it possible to develop a Web Application. The web application framework is simply based on programming coding. If you are a programmer or a web developer that loves coding you often choose a Web application framework for your projects. It gives you programming area with a group of classes and methods. One of the best frameworks are Laravel, Codeigniter, Symfony, Zend, Cake PHP etc.

So, which one to choose?

There have been a lot of argument between the CMS and Framework technology, that which is the best. Lot of CMS fans are saying, they can do anything with CMS where, framework lovers are supporting frameworks for highly customization. But, they both are not true! Actually, both framework and CMS are using the same base such as PHP, RoR, python, .NET, etc. So, we all can do everything using any of them.
There are some basic things that you have to think before you choose any framework or a CMS for your project:
  • What do you want to do and how flexibility you want
  • How much time you can invest
  • What the hosting environment will be
  • How much budget you have for the project

For faster development of your general purpose project, CMS is the option. We you will get thousands of themes, plugins and backed up by community, meaning that new features, bug fixes, support, tutorials etc.
But, if you want to define your own structure and the logic of the application with customize workflow then framework is the best choice for you. It will give you a platform where you can create a specific app without any redundant code.


It always depends on what you want to do and how much time you have to deal with it. Every tool is built for a reason, so it doesn’t worth it to be a CMS or a Framework fan. Just choose the best tool for your situation.


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