What is a CMS and why do I need one? By: Sean

Posted on: July 3rd, 2011 @ 4:14 am

When designing websites for our clients in Abbotsford, we generally try and use some form of content management system (CMS) to make their lives easier. Unfortunately, not many people are aware of the full benefits to using a CMS.

First let’s take a look at what a CMS really is, and some of the major types. Many people are familiar with WordPress as a blog platform, but not as many people understand the connection as a content management system. WordPress allows its users to easily add important content through a few clicks, and with barely any knowledge of HTML, CSS, or PHP. This is one of the main features of a CMS. Users with no web development experience can edit content on their pages. Without a content management system, the user is forced to navigate through what is often hundreds of lines of code to change and update data. This also means that there is a good chance of unintended consequences, such as broken links, and missing code. Time is money, and by having a content management system installed, you will be saving both in the long run.

However, WordPress isn’t the only CMS out there. There are others, such as Drupal, and Joomla, to name a few. Most content management systems provide the same basica functionality, however some are more optimised for search engines, and others offer a wider support of plugins and themes. We are here to help you decide which is best for your website.

There are plenty of pre-made themes and templates available for content management systems, which can make them appealing to individuals and smaller businesses. However, we prefer to design the themes ourselves, as this tells the world that your business is unique, and has something special to offer.

Many content management systems offer a wide range of plugins, which can make sharing very simple for visitors. This can increase your publicity drastically. There are often plugins that can help to make optimization of titles and URLs easier, so that you don’t have to hire a Web Consultant every time you go to post a blog article.

In short, by implementing a CMS you will be able to drive more traffic to your site through streamlined SEO management, and save money by being able to post and edit your own content quickly, and efficiently. Whatever your CMS needs, if you are in Abbotsford, the Lower Mainland, or the Fraser Valley, we are the go-to website design and development experts.