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What Is A Content Management System?

A content management systems, or CMS, is a great way to manage the content of your website, especially if you have a larger website and different people who are responsible for different parts of the website.

If you have a large website with many “static” website pages and you’re tired of waiting for your IT staff or webmaster to make changes to the website, a content management system will put you in the driver’s seat and make it easy for you.

Advantages of a CMS

  • Administration system for updating content without the need for HTML
  • Easy to change look and feel using a design template
  • Database is used to manage text content
  • Built in search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Non-technical staff can create, edit, approve or disapprove website pages
  • Control over approval of changes
  • Manage dozens or hundreds of website pages
  • Deliver different content to public and registered users

There are many different content management systems available, some of which are free, open-source applications such as Joomla!, Drupal, WordPress and many commercial systems such as Interspire’s Website Publisher.

Depending on your website requirements, Design-First will recommend the best CMS solution based on your specific website needs.

WordPress, Joomla or Drupal?

These are just a few of the many CMS platforms available, and the most popular. All CMS tools have similar features, but some content management systems may or may not be appropriate for your website depending on your website goals.

Tips for choosing a CMS (content management system)

  • Detail your website and CMS needs in a requirements document. While all CMS applications do basically the same thing, some CMS software is simply better than others for a specific website.
  • Test drive the system’s administration area. If you and your staff will be spending a lot of time adding content to your website, make sure you are comfortable with the CMS administration and built-in content editing tools before you build out your new website.
  • What SEO tools will your CMS have? Ideally, your CMS should allow you to easily add meta data to each page individually.
  • Will your CMS allow you to easily scale up your website? If you plan to add hundreds of pages to your website over the next few months or years, make sure your CMS can allow you and your staff to easily manage your website growth.
  • Can your CMS be customized? As your website needs change over time, being able to customize your website or to add new website features is an important consideration. Some CMS applications are easier to customize than others.

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