Frequently Asked Questions

In the old days, websites were pretty easy. There weren't a lot of options, and it wasn't as important to have a website as it is now.

Today, there's a wide variety of different platforms to choose from and the industry is constantly evolving. It can be confusing to work out the best platform option for your business.

While there are many ways to get online, we focus on two of the most popular options - CMS and SaaS.

When WebSolutionZ started professional website development in 2006, the best option available was a self-hosted Content Management System (CMS) website. A CMS is used for web content management, allowing multiple contributors to create, edit, collaborate and publish digital content. A CMS provides a vast array of options, and we continue to build many CMS websites today. Popular CMS platforms include Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal. A CMS website is the best option if you want to be able to customise anything.

In recent years, a new option has emerged, the Software as a Service (SaaS) platform. These are proprietary platforms which offer a defined set of features. What these platforms lack in functionality, they make up for in ease of use. Popular SaaS platforms include Shopify, Squarespace and Wix. Shopify is primarily an ecommerce SaaS platform, and Squarespace/Wix are primarily website SaaS platforms (which confusingly now both also offer ecommerce add-on packages!).

We've finetuned our delivery process so we can deliver a solution in the same way, regardless of platform.

If you're unsure of the best platform for you, please get in touch.

Platform Comparison - CMS v SaaS

  • Content Management System (CMS)
  •  Add your own content
  •  Add your own logo/design
  •  Easy to add new and interconnected functionality later
  •  Learning curve to build yourself from scratch
  •  Drag & drop page layout (different options)
  •  Content management, can create many levels of content
  •  Easy to use and reuse content in multiple places
  •  Template/theme easier to change
  •  Multiple users, different security levels
  •  SEO can be implemented from basic to extensive
  •  Social media integration
  •  Core software is free
  •  3rd party extensions available free/paid
  • Paid extensions are generally cost effective
  •  Install on own server/paid hosting account, can be moved
  •  Own your website
  •  Can download your site, work on it and reupload later
  •  Requires ongoing maintenance
  •  Highly configurable and extendable
  •  Control over site speed (host in AU or international)
  •  Access to SQL database
  •  Collect payments via most payment providers
  •  Online training resources (often crowd-sourced)
  •  No provided smartphone apps
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  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  •  Add your own content
  •  Add your own logo/design
  •  New functionality dependent on platform and package
  • Platform is provided so learning curve is less than CMS
  •  Drag & drop page layout (single option)
  •  Website builder which lends itself better to a flatter structure
  •  Limited ability to use and reuse content in multiple places
  •  Template/theme difficult/impossible to change once started
  •  Limited security levels
  •  Standard SEO
  •  Social media integration
  •  Minimum monthly subscription
  •  3rd party extensions available free/paid
  • Majority of extensions are additional monthly subscriptions
  •  Runs on proprietary platform, can't be moved
  •  Lease your website
  •  Site only stays online while subscription is current
  •  No ongoing maintenance (managed by platform)
  •  Limited to boundaries of what platform offers
  •  Site speed is dependant on platform/server location
  •  No database access
  •  Collect payments via most payment providers
  •  Online training resources (provided by platform)
  •  Free smartphone apps
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