Through our web design blog we hope to provide helpful information on the ins and outs of the web world. This week we are discussing Content Management Systems otherwise known as CMS.
What is a Content Management System?
Long gone are the days of having to rely on your programmer every time you want to change a picture or add new written content to your website. Content Management Systems (CMS) are the new “it” thing when it comes to site development, and for good reason. These systems allow you to: manage, edit and create new pages, upload video, pdf files, audio and (for the brave) adjust code. When developed properly a website built on a CMS platform can give you the freedom to manage your website without having to pay expensive hourly programmers, and works for people with all levels of technical skill sets.
Word Press has become a quick favorite in the development world because of the increasing popularity of blogs. Once considered a platform only used for blogging, WordPress has made significant strides in becoming a full blown Content Management System capable of handling even the most complex websites. A favorite among our clients, we are big fans of the easy user experience and the amount of online data available to help people learn the ins and outs of this CMS. My Studio Space develops almost 95% of our websites on the WordPress platform, giving our clients total control over their website. And did we mention these sites are very search engine friendly!
Two additional Content Management Systems are Joomla and Drupal. Similar to WordPress these systems allow users to manage 100% of their website. Drupal has remained the most popular CMS system predominantly known for its search engine friendly URLs, while Joomla has remained the CMS of choice for large complex websites, corporate intranets and even E-commerce solutions.
What do CMS websites cost?
Word Press websites do not always come cheap. Yes, this is more of an investment than the free Flash template companies you can find online, but the reality is that when done right a solid CMS website will last you and your business a very long time and give you the ability to manage your content. For a quality WordPress website expect to pay $1600 and up, but we promise you will save on expensive programming and maintenance fees in the long run.
No matter which CMS you go with, the fact is, you no longer have to be held hostage by your programmer. Nearly every website design can be incorporated into a CMS platform, so you can be in charge and save money, and that’s a good thing!
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