Your healthcare organization is ready for a new web content management system (CMS), but you’re not sure whether you need an on-premise, hosted, or SaaS solution. Before making your decision, you’ll first need to carefully evaluate the costs and the features of the technology used by the options you’re considering.

To help keep things simple, we’ve put together a general guide to the benefits and drawbacks of various CMS hosting options:

1) On-Premise
How it works: Your organization buys a license from a vendor and installs the software on your own servers.

Pros/Cons: The CMS provider maintains and updates the software. That’s it. You’re responsible for everything else – from installation to infrastructure upgrades. Your marketing team will need the help of IT and/or a third-party hosting partner or agency to use this option.

2) Cloud-Hosted
How it works: Your organization buys a license, then installs the software at a data center where you lease server space. Cloud-hosted CMS works similar to on-premise, except that it is installed on third-party servers you don’t directly own. And while it might seem logical that cloud-hosted solutions are architected natively for the cloud with scale-on-demand resources, seamless failovers and robust content delivery networks (CDNs)… that’s not always the case.

Pros/Cons: Marketing may rely less on internal IT resources than with the on-premise option. The downside is that you’ll have to deal with longer implementation, more downtime, and the upgrade and maintenance interruptions that go along with cloud-hosted CMS.

3) Software as a Service
How it works: Software as a Service (SaaS) is the relatively new challenger to established CMS vendor options. Like other popular SaaS tools, this CMS option takes the work of installation, updates, and maintenance off your hands. It is typical for SaaS solutions to be architected specifically for cloud-based deployment with resource scaling, real-time disaster recovery solutions and advanced CDNs.

Pros/Cons: The SaaS CMS provider handles all technical issues so that your marketing team can focus on creating and managing content. Software is pre-built, and the vendor takes care of ongoing upgrades.

5 Reasons Why SaaS Makes Sense for Healthcare
1. SaaS solutions are hosted in AND architected for the cloud, making it easier to scale and handle sudden spikes in traffic.
2. SaaS CMS is installed off-site and has established processes, infrastructure, backups, and recovery processes to handle security concerns.
3. SaaS hosted websites are typically deployed in multiple data centers that are geographically dispersed – resulting in faster performance.
4. Most SaaS solutions offer redundancy plans and near-100% uptime guarantees.
5. SaaS-based offerings built on a decoupled architecture offer the benefits that both Marketing and IT are looking for – including faster implementation, better performance, protection against downtime and malicious attacks, and continuing upgrades and support.

Finding the Right Fit
As a healthcare organization, your CMS solution needs to be easy to use, but also secure and scalable to address your unique privacy and security concerns. Don’t rush this evaluation process, because it’s the critical first step in finding a vendor who will best fit the needs of your organization.

Want to learn more about your selecting a modern CMS solution, fit for your organization’s goals, and CMS hosting options? Read our white paper, The Definitive Guide to Healthcare CMS.