Content Management System (CMS)
What is a CMS?
A content management system is programming that allows creation, editing and publishing of content for websites. The idea of a CMS system is to give owners/users a centralized area to edit data that is presented on a website. This removes the need to know HTML or programming. The use of content management systems is growing. CMS sites currently make up about 30% of all websites built.
Advantages of Using a CMS
One of the biggest advantages Content Management Systems have is their ability to help the website create better search engine optimization (SEO). There are lots of tools available for most content management system, especially WordPress CMS, that help the user create content that the search engines like. Many tools can even guide the user on how to create SEO content and while not perfect they will help.
Another advantage is that all the content is stored in the database and can be used in multiple places on your website. You can even schedule content to show on a specific date or time so there is no need for weekends or overtime to release content. The biggest reason might be control, you are in the driver seat and can make changes at will without the need to pay a developer.
CMS vs. Custom Sites
Websites that are not using content management programming are considered hand coded. The choice to use CMS or not is driven by personal preference and requirements. Why would people not want full control of their website 24/7? There's an old saying, "Just because you can doesn't mean you should".
Not everyone is an artist or can write good copy. A beautiful website can quickly become messy without an experienced person at the helm. Content management systems are resource hungry and require more memory, CPU power and software maintenance.
It can also be cheaper to build a static website overall if the content does not change often. Many companies buy a CMS system but rarely use it. Some companies need a CMS but don't have one.
Leading Content Management Systems
WordPress CMS is by far the most popular content management system in the world. Drupal and Joomla are both popular systems as well. At Ink-IT Digital we offer all three. Depending on the definition of a content management system, there are hundreds of systems available and all of them are slightly different. For most small websites or even small commerce websites we recommend Wordress CMS. For larger websites or more robust ecommerce solutions we would recommend Drupal.
Should I Use a Content Management Solution?
Many web development companies only offer CMS solutions to their clients, or only offer one system. At Ink-IT we work with you to find out if a content management system is a good fit for you. We realize that the solution should fit the need. Give us a call and we can help you make the right decision.