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What is a Content Management System?

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By Edited Jun 29, 2016 0 0

Keeping an entire website updated and maintained can be a hell of a lot of work. There’s loads of code to deal with and if it is something you’re not very well versed in, it can be a nightmare. Then there’s the mountain of a task to revamp a whole site when it begins to look dated or your company goes through a rebrand. In a lot of cases it is just something you’re going to have to outsource to someone with some expertise.

Well, that would be the case unless you were using a content management system (CMS). This is a piece of software that allows you to completely control your site and all the content on it all from one dashboard. Essentially it massively simplifies the whole process and allows you to eschew lines and lines of code if you so wish. So, what are the positives of using a CMS?  

The biggest one is that anyone can set up a professional looking site using a CMS. You don’t need to be a designer or know how to code, you can just pick out templates and use them. Minor tweaks are usually quite easy to work out, but a lot of CMS systems have a very active and helpful community around them meaning there is always someone who can give you some pointers. There are also plenty of guides about if you want to learn more and really get to grips with more complicated features.

Then it is also simple to keep your site maintained with fresh content and new updates. Most CMSs offer an easy to use upload system meaning you can add new stuff with absolute ease. As the design and content are kept separate, it will just upload automatically to how your site is already designed meaning there all you have to worry about is what you’re putting on your site.

Another positive to the design and content side of things being kept separate is when you want to change the look of your site, you don’t have to worry about what’s on your site already. Any change to the style will just been added to all the pages of your site, so there’s no need to reupload old stuff or go back and change it.

CMSs systems are also very quick too. If you run a blog and there is some breaking news you want to comment on quickly then a CMS will allow you to do this. It will just be a simple matter of writing up your piece in the system and clicking upload. It’s instantly up and ready to be read.

There are plenty of CMSs out there as well. Make sure you do your research to choose the one most suited to you. WordPress is the biggest and therefore has a huge selection of templates to get you started and plenty of helpful users. Drupal is becoming a contender to WordPress and is becoming more and more popular each day. Those two are just the tip of the iceberg though!

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