Content Management Systems

Website Content Management

Website Development

A web content management system (also known as a CMS)  is a website application that enables you to manage the content of your website. Content is stored in a database (often MySQL database) and browser based password protected tools are used to add, edit and delete content without having to access source code to make changes.

Why Use a Content Management System?

  1. Once a content management system is built, it makes managing content much easier. You no longer need to directly edit code, but can make changes easily right from your web browser.
  2. You have control of your website content and can make changes faster. You can edit content whenever you want instead of sending requests to your web developer and waiting for them to get done.
  3. You can build functionality into your website. Instead of just showing text and images on your website, you can easily add in features like photo galleries, blogs, reporting…

Types of Content Management Systems

There are many CMS solutions out there. I have worked with and reviewed many over the years.  Currently I work with two types of content management systems.

  • Custom Content Management SystemsIn this case, I build a content management application from scratch. Web based tools are built to your exact specifications to match your unique website project needs.
  • WordPress CMS– WordPress is free CMS software that is extremely flexible. Most websites I build I use WordPress ( mine are all built with WordPress). It can be customized with an infinite amount of features and functionality. It is a great website solution for most websites.

Smart Investment

Using a content management system, enables you to make updates to your website content and images easily and without the need of a web developer.

Your web developer will build and configure a CMS so you don’t have to depend on them for content changes ongoing, saving you turn around time and money.

Advantages of a CMS

Using a CMS makes managing your website much easier. For example, if you have a change that needs to be made in the menu on every page, using a CMS the change can be made in one piece of code.

If your website is “static” individual pages, you would have to edit the source code for every page on your site.

Disadvantages of a CMS

Like any software, you need to be proactive in keeping code safe with updating security patches when released and features updates.

You most likely want a web developer to handle these updates, rather than yourself. So there is some ongoing website maintenance needed when using a web CMS.

Need a solution to manage website content?

Get in touch to discuss how using a content management system will work for your website/business.