A CMS is a ‘Content Management System’. Essentially, this is a platform that you use in order to manage all the content on your blog, be that writing or pictures. This will then allow you to add new posts, or to edit existing posts or to delete them. Most systems go well beyond that though and also allow you to manage things like comments posted on your site, changes to your web design, the addition of extra features and more. This ultimately makes the process of running your website successfully and empowers you to make more rapid changes so that your customers get a better experience and you spend less time fiddling with code and administration.
The content management system you choose will also impact on the look and feel of your website as it will provide the backbone for all that content and define just how many options you have in terms of design. This will also have an effect on how Google sees your site and could alter the amount of traffic you get.
So what are the best contact management systems and how do you go about choosing one?
WordPress Web Development
WordPress is probably the best known content management system available and for good reason. This is an incredibly comprehensive system that gives you complete control over your site and makes it very easy to run and to update. It has been used by many big companies and has proven itself to be ‘search engine friendly’ in that Google knows how to index the pages. The huge amount of users means there is a lot of community support and tons of features have been developed for it that you can add quickly and easily in the form of ‘plugins’ and ‘widgets’.
There are a few downsides to WordPress CMS development too. It can get rather bloated for instance, it does present some security issues and it’s not quite as flexible as building your own site from scratch.
Joomla! Is another big CMS in a similar vein to WordPress. It boasts a lot of flexibility which makes it suitable for using in the development of ‘back-end’ sites that will only be seen in-house. Several big companies use it for these kinds of applications in fact, including Citibank. There are again a lot of extensions available as well as some reliable authentication options.
That said, it doesn’t have the friendliest control panel and doesn’t have quite as much flexibility or design freedom as WordPress.
Drupal rounds out the big three CMS systems and is again popular with a number of big companies. Like Joomla! it’s well suited to internal sites and there are a lot of extensions available again. On the downside, theming and changing the lay-out etc. is quite complicated – but we can handle that for you!
Of course there are countless other options out there and you might even decide that you would rather build your own PHP framework from scratch which will give you the very most flexibility. If you want to build your own CMS or go with any of the established options then a web design agency can gladly recommend the best option if you’re not sure of which one to pick! Oh and we also handle the process of migrating sites from one platform to another, so don’t worry if you think you’ve made the wrong choice!
In conclusion, the CMS you choose will have a big impact on the success of your site as well as your workflow when it comes to updating and managing said website, a web design agency can help you choose the best CMS for your business but a good place to start is WordPress which is a favorite among many very successful blogs.