Content Management Systems.
A CMS is a usually a web based application that provides users with different permission levels to manage content, data or information of a website or internet / intranet application.
There are plenty of options when it comes to picking a content management system for a development project. Depending on how advanced you need the CMS to be, what language it’s built in, and who is going to be using it, it can be a nightmare trying to find the “perfect” CMS for a project.
However, some CMSs have a slight edge over the rest of the competition because of the usability of the software. Some are just easier to install, use and extend, thanks to some thoughtful planning by the lead developers.
What is a CMS.
The definition of a CMS is an application (more likely web-based), that provides capabilities for multiple users with different permission levels to manage (all or a section of) content, data or information of a website project, or internet / intranet application.
Managing content refers to creating, editing, archiving, publishing, collaborating on, reporting, distributing website content, data and information. An example of a CMS application is a Web Application that provides the following administration, control panel or website management functionalities:
- Create, Edit, Publish, Archive Web Pages
- Create, Edit, Publish, Archive Articles
- Create, Edit, Publish, Archive Press Releases
- Create, Edit, Publish, Archive Blogs
- Add / Edit events into an Event Calendar
- Add / Edit Inventory, Description, Product Specs, Prices, Photos, etc
- Enter, Edit, or View Orders and Print Postage Slips & Invoices
- View Reports and Site Statistics
- Create and Edit system users which have different permission levels to different section(s) of the above administration
One of the largest misconceptions about CMS is that it is the main ingredient for a website’s success. That is completely untrue. A CMS should make it easy for a website owner or webmaster(s) to manage and distribute content, but a website’s success has nothing to do with CMS; it has to do with the quality of content, quality of services, marketing and many other factors.
Do you need a Programmer.
Most CMS systems especially the Open Source CMS systems that are bloated to cover every possible functionality (whether needed or not) will require an experienced web programmer to make any customisations for tailoring to one’s business objectives and for maintaining a large scale project.
There is another misconception about CMS which is that it will eliminate a need for hiring a web developer or programmer to make changes to a website. That is not true in many cases.
So, if you are a small business and the cost is a factor in developing your website, you may consider a CMS application that does not require a substantial number of programming hours for set up and on-going maintenance.
There are a wide range of business benefits that can be obtained by implementing a CMS, including:
- streamlined authoring process
- faster turnaround time for new pages and changes
- greater consistency
- improved site navigation & flexibility
- support for decentralised authoring
- increased security
- reduced duplication of information
- greater capacity for growth
- reduced site maintenance costs
Beyond these, the greatest benefit the CMS can provide is to support your business goals and strategies. For example, the CMS can help to improve sales, increase user satisfaction, or assist in communicating with the public.
Types of CMS.
There are many different CMS types on the market. Some are paid and some are free, otherwise known as Open Source and a third option is a paid theme or template which is a ready made set-up that can be easily copied and installed on your own website.
Although we don’t use all the available CMS’s that are out there (for numerous reasons), some of the most common CMS in general us are:
We are experts at Magento, WordPress, Joomla and customised CMS platforms. These are also the best and most commonly used business CMS on the market. The others, such as Drupal, are bloated and not really suitable to run a heavy business website.
Get in touch with us if you’re looking for help with your CMS or if you’re looking to upgrade your existing system to one.