- Created on Thursday, 25 October 2012 01:44
- Written by AdeWale
- Category: Blog
The first part of the question determines your need for a Content Management System (CMS), if what you want is simply a flyer style website where you can be contacted then you might not really fancy having a content management system. However, if your business requires that you update your content frequently then you need to consider getting the right CMS that also supports prober search engine optimization.
Now if you have decided that you are better off getting a content management system, let us talk you through what it is all about.
What is a Content Management System (CMS)
Content Management System (CMS) is a web application that helps to manage content of your website, through navigation and all pages, to more advanced things like meta tags, comments on your blog or other sections that are visible on your website. CMS usually needs a database to store all data for your site in a manageable way. Everything is created and edited on the website's administrator section (backend), so you don't need any external desktop application or any programming skills to update your website. It's all done by the CMS, you just need to know how it works and what are the possibilities with chosen platform. All changes you do will affect the front-end of your website, the regular site for the visitors.
Why should I use a Content Management System
We can find many possible reasons for using a CMS, but the main one is to make managing of content simple and easy. Of course, if your website requires more interactive elements such as contact form, shopping cart or search - you should choose CMS that will provide that functionality. A good choice of CMS usually gives you more time to focus on the other aspects of website than functionality but at the same time it should be easy to use for you and mostly your customer.
Most common mistakes when choosing the right CMS
These are the most common mistakes you can make when choosing your system.
Choosing a CMS based on your development experience without focusing on customer needs
Often developers forget that the site they're building is for the client who will use the final product they have just created. A chosen CMS will be used by client and satisfaction of client is most important factor here.
Bigger doesn't mean better
Stick to the functionality you need, there is no point to implement all the best juicy plugins if you don't need them. There is plenty of Content Management Systems out there that offer almost everything you could imagine in one package. Do you really need all that functionality? Think twice, if it can do anything, it's probably worth nothing. Many modern systems have modular structure, that will allow you to include additional functionality later if there is a need for that. You can simply download additional plugin or create one from scratch and include it into your project.
Allowing somebody to choose the solution for you
Never, ever allow somebody who is not a web developer or web programmer to choose a CMS for you. The fact they were using some platforms in other companies or with other websites few years ago, doesn't mean it will work for you or for this particular project. Remember, you are web developer and you should know better what is good and what's not, also you will be working with the platform of your choice. Don't let anyone to point you into the wrong direction at the very first stage of your development work. It can affect your delivery date and the whole final product in terms of functionality and other important aspects like support of future updates.
What to look for in a Content Management System - Key points
If you are doing a research for your new CMS, make sure you check these key points before starting your project, these are a few important ones:Easy installation
- User friendly administration interface
- Ability to extend functionality, plugins
- Simple template development
- Good user community and/or support
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