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What is a CMS and Which CMS Should You Use?
byWebAlive Team / 27 Feb 2016
CMS is an acronym for Content Management System. Simply stated, a CMS is a tool for managing the content of your website. But the potential uses of modern CMSs have significantly expanded over the last few years.
There are different types of CMSs that you can use to build your website. Some of them are free, some can be expensive. Some are very simple, and some have a very stiff learning curve.
Why use a CMS?
By using a CMS, you can control the content of your site without directly editing the code. This is very convenient, especially for the business owners who regularly need to update their websites.
Before CMS was such a thing, business owners had to rely on the webmasters for making even small changes. The process was time-consuming and often miscommunications increased the possibility of errors.
Thus, the most important benefit of a content management system is that it separates the content from the code. You can update or upload content (including images and videos) and even change the visual layout of a website, without tinkering with the HTML, CSS and the scripts running underneath.
Most of the modern CMSs also feature tonnes of plugins that let you add complex functionality to your site without writing a single line of code. This saves a lot of time any money for the businesses.
From a developer’s perspective, CMS reduces the time required to get a new site up and running and saves the developer from many hassles that come with a hard coded site.
From the clients’ perspective, sites made with CMS are usually self-manageable and doesn’t require coding skills for regular content updates. This increases client satisfaction as most of them aren’t tech savvy and appreciate a greater control over their sites.
In addition to what we have mentioned so far, using a CMS also has many other benefits, such as –
SEO: CMS tools usually come with many on-page SEO features. You can easily optimise the URL, page titles, meta descriptions and headers of your pages.
Collaboration: By using a CMS, you can allow multiple people to edit the content of your site. This is a very important feature for managing larger sites, where a group of people need to work together.
Templates: CMS templates let you easily create similar looking pages. You can replicate your preferred layout and functionality with minimal efforts.
Security: CMS tools usually have strong security features and can prevent your site from being easily exploited by hackers.
Analytics: Collecting statistics on content performance and effectiveness is essential for a business. A CMS makes it very easy to integrate third party analytic tools to your website.
Which CMS should you use?
According to W3Techs, the top four content management systems are:
WordPress is the single most popular CMS. It’s claimed that WordPress powers 27% of the internet, leaving the competitors miles behind.
However, for a business, popularity shouldn’t be the only criteria while choosing a CMS. You’re most likely to get confused by the complexity of CMSs like WordPress or Joomla, because they are designed to serve a wide range of customers with different requirements. In other words, those big names can turn out to be an overkill for you.
As a web designing company, we’ve meet many customers over the years who were not comfortable with the growing complexity of general CMSs. For a non-technical person, these tools present a very stiff learning curve. That’s why many businesses want to go for custom CMS solutions that give them just the features they need.
To meet the demand of our customers, we developed our own CMS solution – WebCommander. It’s a simple CMS that can scale in complexity according to your needs, without overwhelming you in the first place.
WebCommander turned out to be a big success. Because it’s not just a perfect CMS solution, we also have a dedicated design and development team, ready to take you all the way from a single static page to a sophisticated enterprise level ecommerce site.
So, which CMS solution do you use? Which additional features do you want your site to have? Feel free to contact us and get expert advice on taking your online presence to the next level.
WebAlive is one of the Australia's oldest and most respected digital agencies. We specialise in website design, ecommerce and app development. With over 12+ years of experience we have established ourselves as a trusted and efficient agency empowering businesses of all sizes with bespoke solutions.