Website Updates – How a Content Management System can help!
Do you want to make changes to your website? Do you have to request and then wait for your request to get to the top of the queue at your web firm ? Does a typo sit in an update for days? Do your events get updated after they happen!
Content Management Systems
If any of this happens to you the answer is a Content Management System (CMS) – this is a web based application that will allow a non-technical user to update their website. At Trionia our websites are built with open source content management systems – this lets our customer’s login to their website and make updates as needed.
The good CMS’s all allow a users to update the text, images, videos… essentially all the content a website would need. Many CMS’s also allow adding different widgets such as calendars, events, photo displays, email sign-ups and a lot more.
The following is a quick run down of answers to common CMS questions.
What about the design?
A CMS is built to present the content of a website using a set of templates. This offers some great benefits:
- Professional Design can be incorporated on all pages of your website
- Updates always appear in a consistent format
- A wide range of pre-designed website templates are available for low cost
What CMS systems should we use?
A wide range of content management systems are available at a variety of price points and feature sets. Of the systems available open source offers the most bang for the buck; proprietary systems cost more for licensing and the pool of skilled developers is smaller. Open source solutions can support corporate sites and ecommerce sites for very large organizations.
Why Open Source? We support the Open Source philosophy in general; we also feel that a large user base and developer base help to ensure that open source applications are well tested and well supported. The large number of developers also ensure that features and widgets are available and new one constantly being released. The price, free, doesn’t hurt either.
For a simple website we recommend WordPress, to view the features see WordPress Features. Originally designed as a blogging tool, the ease of use and simple management features work for a basic website as well. When hosted on the WordPress site the cost is free and a wealth of free templates (Themes in WordPress lingo) are readily available. A professional design and additional features can be included quite easily to create a complete ready to update site.
For more complicated sites, including ecommerce sites, we recommend Joomla and Drupal. These to CMS’s offer a sophisticated administration model, integration with ecommerce solutions and a simple user interface. Joomla and Drupal start from different perspectives – Joomla was designed with the user and user interface in mind; Drupal in terms of a CMS framework from a technical perspective. As such Joomla is easier to learn; Drupal offers more complete access management and content management.
The links below will provide an overview of these two CMS solutions.
How do we move to a CMS
If you like your current design and want to switch this over it is a simple matter of switching over your design to a new CMS. Depending on your current website’s implementation this is typically a relatively simple update.
Or it may make sense to update your website design at the same time as upgrading to a CMS. A new design can be created based on experience with your current site and the ability to simply add new content as you are ready.
As always if you want to learn more feel free to contact us at Trionia – we would be happy to answer your CMS or general digital marketing questions.