I am going to get a lot of flack for this but here goes…
I don’t really see cost being a solution, especially at the prices the CMS solutions here cost. Total CMS is the most expensive option here at $99/domain. If you are building websites at a business, factoring that cost into the cost of the website should make virtually no difference.
Please don’t take offense to this… I don’t know everyone’s situation or economic situation. Let me put my business hat on (I’ve been running businesses for 20 years). If $100 makes or breaks a deal for building a website, then maybe you need to rethink your business model. I am willing to bet that you are not charging enough for the work that you do.
I don’t say this because I want you to buy more Total CMS licenses. The above statements are true for any of the mentioned CMS solutions. The cost of all of these products is so low that price should not even be in the decision matrix. The benefits that a CMS give you far outweigh the cost. Your customers can input the initial content for the site (this saves you a ton of time and headache). The website can now be managed completely on its own. Clients no longer rely on your for simple content edits.
I say all of this to push you to improve your business. My RW add-on business has obviously been my most successful business. At first, I thought that it was great that I could make money doing something that I enjoyed. However, 3-4 years ago, things shifted. I started getting more and more emails from users thanking me for making my products. These users said that without my products, they would not be able to run full time web design businesses that support their families. I am very passionate about entrepreneurship. I take great honor in enabling others to support themselves and their families.
If you have attended Weaver’s Space Conference, there have been some great sessions on running a freelancing business. I encourage you to attend next month as the overarching theme of this entire conference it about how to run a successful web design business.
Getting back on track… The real measure of which CMS to use should be its features. Each CMS has its own unique spin on things. I strongly recommend that you learn the strengths of each so that you pick the right tool that match the requirements of the project.
Total CMS can have as many blogs as you want. I am pretty sure that it was the first to do so. If you think outside of the box, you can even use it for other things than a blog…