Designers who are given the tasks of creating new websites always face a quandary. This predicament is related to whether a prebuilt application can be used or their website project or a custom application is required to be built right from scratch. This major decision has to be taken early on in the website development stage.
There can literally be two approaches for web application development. Either you customize a premade application or involve your team to build a custom application from the very beginning. Thus you either allow a self hosted application on your website to do the job or you go in for a third party hosted application for the same.
In some cases, you might just need a simple application such as a blog. You can go in for a CMS such as WordPress. There are other self-hosted products such as Joomla or Drupal that could be very well a good option for your website. Such products need only minor tweaks or lesser amounts of customization to help you get started. Actually, CMS applications require almost very little customization.
In case you wish to start an ecommerce site, you might not gel with applications that require to be built from scratch to meet the specific requirements of your clients. Thus, you might end up building a great product that would prove to be beneficial to both you as a developer and your client in the long run.
The final take on this discussion in this blog is that it may seem extremely daunting to begin with website application development from scratch, but it is the right thing to do if you want to last out longer in the information technology race. Building a website using a third party application may help you in the short term, but you will need to modify your site sooner as trends change. Thus usage and even functionality of the website may suffer in this case. The best way out is to utilize a well designed custom application that helps you keep your website from becoming outdated in the long run.