How a CMS Can Improve Your Website Experience

You know that content is king. You know that if you keep your website updated with new and interesting information then you'll rank better in search engines and your clients will appreciate it as well. You know all of this but the idea of manually editing the code of your website is keeping you from doing it. Thankfully, there's a solution that almost 1/3 of total websites already use. The solution is a Content Management System (CMS).

The question is, what is a CMS? A CMS, as its name implies, is a system which manages content. Here's how it works: Your web developer does the difficult part of building the website and they integrate the CMS into the design. Then they'll hand you account details which will let you log-in and edit the content of your pages. You can add images, text, links, videos etc. with the click of a button. Using a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor it's as simple as creating a Microsoft Word document to update your website.

 

That's not even the best part. A CMS can have it's abilities extended with small bits of software called 'plugins'. This means if you'd like to add a customer's only section, a calendar with events or even a store to your website it won't have to be built from scratch. It's possible to use plugins that other people have created and install them on your own website far more easily than if you were working without one. Not only can you add new functionality, but if at any time you'd like to update the look of your site your developer can build a new theme which will keep your content intact but change the way it is presented. This makes your life and the lives of anyone who works on your site later much easier.

Of websites that use a CMS, 70% use either Joomla or Wordpress. They're hugely popular because of their ease of use for those inexperienced in web design. At DeWayne Thomas we specialize in these systems and can build a design that fits your needs and is easy for you to work with when we're done. If you're interested in integrating a CMS into your website or would like to discuss a complete redesign please give me a call or send us an email so we can find the system that's best for you.