Content managed websites
Web sites that required more then a handful of pages, images and documents and needed to be updated on a regular basis could provide to be steady work for a local web designer in Bournemouth, but it could also become overwhelming when site rebuilds are needed, new functionality needs to be installed or changes on a continuing basis need to be made. Content management systems, or CMS for short, have helped redefine how websites are built on both small and large scales.
For a basic analogy, a CMS is essentially a database, usually MySQL, that allows multiple users to be created and those users to log-in and create, edit and store content (HTML) and manage it all from one location. CMS is the framework that holds your site together and the users will fill it with content. Choosing to build your site with a CMS has many advantages, from allowing others to quickly edit, add or remove content or deploy pages on their own to the flexibility of managing the entire site from one location. CMS allow you to focus your time on content.
On-line content management tops the wish list for many businesses. The ability to create and alter content has many advantages. Benefits include:
- Reduced maintenance costs
- Reduced publishing and content errors
- Reduced reliance on IT staff
- Power in the hands of content suppliers
- Shortened publishing lead times
- Improved response capabilities
- Remote browser-based access through secure log-ins and tiered admin functions
We avoid building CMS systems from scratch, its costly, takes a long time and usually overly complex. Having the flexibility to use existing Commercial off the shelf (COTS) systems and the customising them for your needs can reduce initial cost and provide a solution that has been used hundreds if not thousands of times.
Some of the more popular CMS out there are: