Craft CMS

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Craft CMS is a focused content management system for developers, designers, and web professionals that blends flexibility, power, and ease of use for clients.

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Craft CMS review by Administrator in Marketing and Advertising
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Friendly, Yet Flexible CMS

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What do you like best?

Many CMSes appear to be built solely for the developers who set them up ... Craft is built for developers and content admins alike. It's flexible, intuitive and easy to use. It's also powerful and impressive in what in can do. (Sometimes easy = limited.) As someone who has used many a CMS over the years, including the well-known ones, as well as proprietary ones, its obvious to me that Craft is the product of well-thought out design and development – which is what my company sells to its customers. Craft allows us to implement unique designs in a logical and thoughtful way. I love using it and training others to use it!

What do you dislike?

There are some features not yet offered in Craft that some customers come to expect in CMSes, specifically with workflow and permissions. However, I am impressed with their commitment to updates and improvements, and the open-source nature of the product means that the developer community has produced many plugins. It's also great that our in-house team can do custom development to partner with it, as well. Looking forward to future features and improvements!

Recommendations to others considering the product

From training, content management and client-satisfaction perspectives, Craft is a home-run. (I am not a developer, but the devs I work with love it.)

It's built thinking about users first – developers as the users setting it up, content managers as the users maintaining it and end-users experiencing a great website because Craft is powering it.

And the open-source community is great. Can't beat the low cost of entry (soon to be a minimal yearly subscription), either.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Craft allows us to provide customers with wesbites that are flexible and easy-to-administer. Though we don't reuse a design template, we learn more about Craft and its capabilities with each project. Problem-solving with Craft in our toolkit means fewer work-arounds and "no-can-dos" ... we are able to realize individualized designs while completing complex technical functions in the websites we create for our customers.

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Craft CMS review by Agency in Marketing and Advertising
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What do you like best?

Extremely flexible CMS that doesn't feel like you are hacking it to accommodate requirements. Come with a great blend of base features, so it doesn't feel like you have to remove features that seem in the way.

What do you dislike?

Wish there was a cloud hosting offered, so we could just hand off clients vs setting up and maintaining the host for each client. In our experience, Craft often gets compared to Umbraco in the .NET world and they provide that offering.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Support the developers of the craft community with their plugins. The craft community is very helpful and very active and passionate.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Recently built a multilingual site for 10 countries with various admins coming in to manager their country. Craft works really well for just translating a site in many languages that share the same requirements. When you introduce various content admins with different requirements, we discovered that we had to hide parts of the admin with css (not cool).

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Craft CMS review by <span>David R.</span>
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What do you like best?

Flexible for developers but easy for our clients to maintain their own content.

What do you dislike?

It's still a relatively new product so it's a little harder sell for some clients who may be used to something like WordPress.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Craft is not for DIYers or heavy enterprise usage (although it could be used for either). The middle of the market (SMB) is where Craft seems to find a lot of usage.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For those of us who prefer to write our own code, Craft gives us the tools necessary to help facilitate that. With their first party e-commerce system it's also pretty flexible in the commerce space.

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Craft CMS review by <span>Emily M.</span>
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Simple to use, professional results

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What do you like best?

The ease of use. There is a live preview function so you never have to make a page live until you're 100% happy with how it looks.

What do you dislike?

Occasionally there's issues with being unable to do something, but I'm not an administrator of the system so it's easy to contact the administrator to make the necessary changes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're not administering the system yourself, work with a trusted partner who understands your brand and what you want out of your website.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Updating the website quickly. Changes were previously made by emailing a 3rd party which was time consuming.

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Craft CMS review by <span>Shawn C.</span>
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Craft makes complex CMS builds enjoyable

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What do you like best?

Craft CMS gives me access to powerful php and twig functionality in the templates without the convoluted nature of Expression Engine.

What do you dislike?

Craft has few things about it that I dislike. BK and the team at P&T have made it usable from top to bottom.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try because it has more power and security than wordpress and more usability than expression engine. There are now drawbacks to other CMS systems that I have encountered.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Craft CMS solves the problems inherently requiring a CMS, and I have seen benefits with clients being able to generate new pages and new content with ease.

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Craft CMS review by Agency in Marketing and Advertising
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Flexibility is Key

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What do you like best?

Our team has found Craft to be a huge asset when building larger scale custom sites. There are very few restrictions for our developers and limitless options when building out a fully editable CMS where our clients can eventually adapt, change and setup limitless pages within a working system.

What do you dislike?

Craft is a great solution to provide flexibility, but that flexibility makes it very easy for clients to mess up a site once the CMS has been handed over. There are a lot of pieces to manage but it has been better than most of the other CMS options we have tried.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to adapt pages and create a larger system that doesn't feel too "theme-y" when creating custom sites is a clear benefit. Our programmers are better able to control the end look of pages and match the creative team's designs. Craft allows for highly editable pages and design with modules that can easily be reordered on a page which alyas seems to be a key benefit to clients.

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