Content Management Systems, otherwise shortened to CMS, are used as the base for many websites on the Internet. Whilst developing your own website from scratch may seem like the best option for those craving customisation and full control over how it works, most popular CMS programs offer a similar option and for all intents and purposes act as a skeleton on which you can add your own design with themes and functionality with plugins. CMS can also be regarded as being more secure as the developers of these systems often move to provide bug patches the moment any security holes are discovered. Here are the 5 top reasons why we think you should consider using a CMS…
1) Simple even for non-technically minded users
The chances are that you will find a CMS easy to install, no matter what your level of technical knowledge may be. CMS have evolved from being applications used only by experts to something that can be used by absolutely anyone, and the installation processes have also evolved to reflect this. Gone are the days when you had to download the files from a website, upload them to your web space and then perform the configurations manually, instead we find that many applications now feature simple installation wizards. This theme has also been continued with how a CMS website can be managed, as integrated administrations panels have made it far easier for users to edit their content, or expand their websites in the way of plugins and templates with minimal effort and absolutely no need for any technical knowledge.
2) Management duties can be shared
In certain cases a website may be being managed by multiple people rather than having a single webmaster and to reflect this any good CMS will provide support for multiple users. You can then provide each of the site’s admins with their own user account so that they can then work in parallel and use the admin interface at the same time, rather than administration being limited to one person a time when you have multiple people sharing the same user account.
3) Expandable functionality
Most popular CMS applications have large community followings that are there to provide support and assistance in lieu of any official sources. With these communities come a number of developers who like to expand the functionality of these applications with the use of extra plugins, a feature included with most CMS. Using WordPress as an example, although the application is already feature-rich, if there is an additional feature that you would like to use with your installation then the chances are that somebody has already developed a free plugin to fulfil that purpose. The same can be said for other popular CMS such as Joomla and Drupal; whilst expanding the functionality of your own website could take a lot longer because you have to develop your own code, if you rely on a CMS instead then you can tap into the collections of third-party plugins that can provide the functionality that you are after for little to no work on your part.
4) Designing your site doesn’t require messing with every page
Similarly to the plugins that are available for many CMS, theme functionality will also be included so that you can change the design of your website with just a single click in most cases. This means that when creating a design for your site, all it will take is for you to develop a template/theme based on the instructions provided in the documentation, upload this to your web space, apply it as necessary, then you should find that all of your pages now follow the same universal look. As you can see it’s a lot less hassle that is involved with designing your own website or CMS from scratch. If you aren’t the most creative of people then for any popular CMS you can expect there to be an abundance of third-party themes for you to choose from.
5) Editing made simple
Most popular CMS applications feature a web-based administration interface that provides all the features that you need to keep your site’s content up-to-date. With sites that have been developed using static HTML pages, when you need to update particular elements of your content then you have to update individual pages and then re-upload these to your web space. Depending on the number of pages that require modification and the changes that you need to make, this can be quickly become a time consuming process. With a CMS all you will need to do is login to the admin panel, choose the page that you would like to change and then modify it directly in the browser, the changes will be reflected immediately once you’ve saved them – no need to re-upload anything or modify multiple pages.