A content management system, more commonly referred to as a CMS, is a tool that you can use to keep all of the elements of your website in order. With a CMS program, you can organize information, links, written and graphic content and add functionality to your site to make it a more dynamic and an interactive place for your viewers to visit. Ten years ago, you could have easily set up a website without a content management system (known as a static website-a "one way street" of communication). However, with the growth and expansion of the internet, web design has more to do with the two-way communication between the site owner and the site viewer vital for the success of any website and/or business.
Having a CMS doesn't guarantee that you'll have a successful website, but it can help you to create an environment that exceeds the expectations of both yourself and your viewers. You can find many different content management systems. They are set up as websites that you can log-in to, where all of your information is organized into one neat, clean database for your ease of use. Some examples of Content Management Systems are: Joomla, Drupal, Sharepoint and DotNetNuke. You may have heard these names before and not been certain what they were, so now you know.
These websites do have some functionality that you need to learn about before you will be fully successful in your CMS endeavor, but the sites make it pretty simple to learn. You can also find tutorials or hire specialists to manage your CMS for you. There are thousands of website designers and programmers that specialize in these systems, so if you want to use a content management system, you can do it even if you don't have the time or the expertise to manage it on your own.
If you are trying to create a basic website with minimal functionality, you might not need a content management system to run your site successfully. Also, if you're just starting out, it may be a tool that will become useful later on. However, if you need a dynamic, top-of-the-line website from the word 'go', or if you are far enough along that it's getting hard to manage your website, a CMS program might be just what you need to get organized and better run your business.
Technology has so much to offer, but it can be scary. You shouldn't be intimidated by content management systems, though. You can learn all about CMS if you are willing and remember, if you don't have the time, you can hire someone to manage it for you for a reasonable rate. Ultimately, the decision of whether you need a CMS or not is up to you. Now that you're more informed about what they do, you're poised to make a much better decision about the use of a content management system.
If you need any help with your website or setting up a easy-to-manage Content Management System, do not hesitate to contact us. We can help you to make a better decision.