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Brendan - What is a Content Management System - CMS?


website on a laptop imageJust imagine the situation. You have made the final payment to the website developer on that brand new sparkly website for your business and everything looks wonderful and works brilliantly. It has been online for a month and now you have decided to have a promotion and offer your best selling sparkly wotsits with a 50% discount.

Imagine your horror when you can't let all your internet customers or visitors know about your promotion. Well, you can if you don't mind paying the guy who built your website to 'change it', to add to it! That's right, it won't be free.

Arm and a leg imageYou see, building a 'normal' website uses what we call 'HTML' and it's paired together with something known as CSS and JS. Are you following me? I thought not! And this is the problem, most normal intelligent people have no idea what HTML, CSS or JS even is, let alone how to use it, write it, or manipulate it. That's why your nice new website cost you an arm and a leg! It's now about to cost you some more!

It's like when you go on holiday and you can't speak the lingo, ordering that delicious cocktail becomes just a little harder to do. It's the same with websites. You are fine sitting behind your desk calling your customers or sending out invoices or writing emails, but what if they were in a different language, you're buggered, right! You just don't have the ability to do it. Let's face it, that's why you hired someone else to build your new website in the first place.

Well, what if there was a way to introduce that secret language to you in a way that was already familiar to you? In a way that you could easily digest and deal with? Fantastic, right?

Well, let me introduce you to Mr. CMS. A CMS, or to be precise, a 'Content Management System' is a medium between you and the language that your website is written in. It's a kind of middleman, you could liken it to the wholesaler that you buy your stock from. Something between you and the manufacturer.

You can write an email, right? You wrote a dismissal letter to Bob last week, right? Well if you did, you can use a CMS. Joomla is one of the BEST CMS in the world. It's as easy to use as MS Word. In fact, it's almost the same as MS word to use. It's as easy as 1 - 2 - 3.

1. Write and layout your document, just like in MS Word.

2. Select where you would like your document saved to.

3. Select 'Publish' and click 'Save'

It's as simple as that.

If your new website was built by your developer using a CMS you could add and update ALL of the information contained within the website, you could add that new promotion to the front page and you could remove it again when the promotion ended. You can do all of this without the knowledge of doing so using the secret language of HTML, or paying your website developer to update things every time you have a promotion or want to change things. The CMS allows you to add as many things as you wish without affecting the 'structure' and 'style' of your website.

So, what are some of the benefits of using a CMS over a static HTML website?

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> Generally easy to make changes to via a 'back-end' admin area, or a 'front-end' editing area.

> Easy to 'ADD' to, remove or change the contents of.

> Requires little or no knowledge of coding languages to operate.

> As it does not need an expert to just add new articles, photos or information it is cheaper.

> The CMS is generally updated regularly, often automatically, so it's a secure place to keep your information.

Now, don't you wish you knew what a CMS was before you commissioned your nice new sparkly HTML website?

Don't worry though, all is not lost. There are ways to 'convert' your HTML website to a CMS website. It may cost a little more to do this but think of the savings you will make in the future.

In Conclusion,

There are places on the World Wide Web for both systems, but if you need your website to be a shop window for your services that are always changing or getting updated. A CMS is a logical platform on which to build your website. If, however, your website is predominantly a static, never-changing affair, then a standard HTML website may be more appropriate.

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