Why a Free CMS Isn’t Ideal for School & District Websites

From time to time, we get asked, “Why should I pay for school and district websites when I can build them myself for free?” It’s a fair question. There are a lot of free content management systems (CMS) out there: Drupal, WordPress, Joomla, Google Sites, and that’s just scratching the surface. You can break down why a free solution likely isn’t the best choice into five key areas.


One of the most difficult tasks, especially for schools and districts, is getting the initial pieces in place. Choosing what components will be necessary and configuring your setup can require a lot of work.

Moreover, when using open source products, it’s important to be aware of the threshold between what’s free and what costs money. The CMS you’re looking at might be free, but you could be required to pay for the components you need to build the final product you have in mind.

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