If you spend any time at all hanging around with web developers, eventually you will hear mysterious acronyms like CMS start cropping up in conversation. A CMS, or Content Management System, can be used to provide a publishing platform for your company website.
The big CMS players
There are hundreds of Content Management Systems available, all of which have their own niches. Some of the most popular CMS platforms are completely license free, helping to reduce website running costs over the long term.
For any small business looking to get online, WordPress or Joomla offer a powerful set of tools to create and publish content with relative ease. The “open” nature of their respective frameworks mean that there are thousands of plugins available to further increase functionality, or with the assistance of a skilled developer (like Bytewire!), the whole system can be tweaked to your own specific needs.
There are other licensed content platforms available from major software vendors such as Microsoft’s own Sharepoint portal server. These systems tend to be best suited to very large organisations mainly because of the high cost of purchase and implementation. Many of the functions offered by such platforms are also irrelevant for ecommerce websites.
Why do I need a CMS?
So what? Why should a CMS interest you?
- Using a CMS makes the creation and publication of web pages very, very simple. As a result almost any member of your team can add or amend information on your website within minutes.
- Using an established CMS platform allows you to take your data wherever you want. If you decide to change web host or secure the services of a new design agency, a CMS will allow you to export all your data ready for moving.
- Without a CMS you will need to manage all of your webpages manually. For anything more than five or ten webpages, this becomes extremely difficult and time consuming.
Ultimately a good CMS saves time and effort, freeing staff to concentrate on keeping your business productive. If time is money, simple arithmetic shows that the use of a CMS is essential.
Installing and configuring a content management system is not for the faint hearted. The best course of action is to contact an experienced web development agency who will be able to not only install a suitable system, but tweak it to your specific needs, thereby ensuring a faster return on investment.
Why not give Bytewire a call today on 01621 856628 and one of our experienced development team will be able to discuss your specific requirements and how we can help meet them. Alternatively explore our content management system services in more depth Here