Content management systems, usually referred to simply as CMS, are certainly nothing new. In one form or another, major companies and webmasters all around the world have used them for years and years. The thing is, you’re hearing more and more about CMS lately because the trend has caught on with all different types of websites-large and small alike.
Chances are, if you have given any thought to updating your website lately, you’ve probably asked yourself these questions:
• What is a Content Management System?
• What is a CMS used for?
• Why do I need this for my website?
Well, let’s take a look at each of these in detail.
What Is A Content Management System?
In a nutshell, it’s just a user-friendly way for you to enable authorized users to log in to your website via any internet connected computer (and some mobile devices too). Once logged in, the content of the website can be added, edited, and removed with a really simple interface. This interface, usually dubbed WYSIWYG (stands for “What You See Is What You Get”) very closely resembles most word processing and email editing software and works much the same as well.
What Is A CMS Used For?
Having a CMS built into your website enables full self-management of all of the site’s content (or in some cases, only specified portions of the content). The idea is that any user with the proper login credentials can make changes on the fly-just like writing an email or editing a Word document. Having the ability to add a new page or remove an old one is also a predominant feature of most CMS systems.
Why Do You Need A Content Management System For Your Website?
CMS finally puts you in control of your website’s content. This has multiple attractive benefits. The first one is speed-no longer do you need to rely on your web designer to handle each little update or change to your website’s content (and we all know with everyone’s busy schedules, this can sometimes take forever, especially when multiple changes are in order). So instead of waiting days or weeks for getting changes made on your site, they can be done in just minutes right from your own office or home office. And the best part, naturally, is the fact that you will no longer need to pay your web design company to make each and every little content change required.
And with this in mind, it’s pretty difficult not to love CMS…once installed for the first time, most find themselves asking how they ever managed to live without it. There are many different types of CMS, each designed to suit specific needs.