You may not know it yet, but Content Management Systems or CMS, is probably a big part of your life already. Whenever you visit a website or read a blog, it’s right there, making your visit easier and more interesting. To the tech savvy, it’s often hailed as one of the most powerful web developer tools on the Internet. Some have even gone as far as calling it “critical to the success of every website.” In actual fact, however, many website owners and users remain oblivious to CMS.
If you use the Internet, and especially if you own a website or blog, you should know at least the basics of CMS. So, what should the average person know? Here are some facts in a nutshell:
What is CMS?
CMS is a software system, specifically a web application that enables someone with little knowledge of web programming to create, edit, store and manage website content with ease. The content is created and edited behind the scenes, in what is known as the “backend” of the web application. The end result, which is published on the website, is known as the “frontend”. Finally, as more fresh content is created, the system archives the content for you. CMS also enables you to change your website’s structure, appearance and navigation whenever you need it.
Why you need it
Websites are a must for businesses these days, and once you have one, you have to keep it updated and relevant. An out-of-date website with dead links and old content does nothing for a business. In fact, it can drive away potential customers, who might just find what they need at your business rival’s website! This is where CMS can come to the rescue. As it is easy to use, it enables you to create, edit and update your website without much hassle. The result is a streamlined process from creation to publication, as well as improved website consistency and navigation. In addition to being flexible, CMS can also save you website maintenance costs and help boost sales by improving customer satisfaction.
How to choose the right one
You don’t have to be a tech geek to know which CMS to choose. Rely on your first impressions and look for one that:
Is easy and quick to install
Has a user-friendly administration interface
Comes with simple template manipulation
Has an appealing design
Has a helpful user community
So, there it is! With CMS, you don’t have to know HTML like the back of your hand. In fact, it puts much of the control in your hands. In conclusion, CMS helps you to save time, and as the saying goes, “Time is money!”