Jun 27 2011
If you run any sort of business whatsoever, whether you’re a work at home parent or a multi-million dollar company, you need a great website. Some still think that fully interactive, frequently updated websites are expensive, time consuming and difficult to maintain. Content Management Systems (CMS) offer a simple way to publish content on the web in an attractive, cutting-edge format.
CMS websites give you the control.
As a website owner, a CMS website gives you control over the content. No more waiting for your web designer to fit updates into their schedule. No more paying for every little change. You can update your website any time you like with very little training.
CMS websites are versatile and reliable.
Content Management Systems like Joomla!, Drupal and WordPress are powerful and versatile open source programs that streamline website development, optimization and upkeep. Think of them as the Internet equivalent of modular home construction. Thanks to standardized building blocks of code built on a solid core that’s been thoroughly vetted for security and reliability, web design and customization to suit any particular need is faster and more fool proof. This works out well for both web developers and their clients. Designers can put out prototype sites quickly for their customers review, revision and approval, and clients save on costs.
CMS websites are powerful.
Those who are only vaguely familiar with the idea behind Content Management Systems may be under the impression that a CMS is only good for hobbyist blogs and low-traffic sites. The fact of the matter is that many of the web’s most popular and highly trafficked pages run on open source and proprietary Content Management Systems. The official White House website, for example, is run on Drupal. So there’s no question that they’re up to the task of handling a major project. The great thing about the CMS is that it’s incredibly easy to change the look and feel of the site until it’s exactly what you’re looking for visually and aesthetically.
There are many reasons to use a Content Management System for your website. Here are five of the most compelling:
- They make updating content frequently a breeze, allowing you to stay in touch with your audience and provide value to customers on a daily basis.
- Once set up, they don’t require any special knowledge or programming and design skills to modify and edit as you see fit.
- They mesh extremely well with Social Media services like Twitter, Facebook and more to help raise your online profile for greater visibility.
- They’re also a great way to manage both discussion forums and multiple blogs through one consolidated interface.
- A knowledgeable web designer can provide you with training to handle any hiccups you may experience down the road.