What is a Content Management System?
A content management System (CMS) is a tool which facilitates the control and management of website content. Once the control management system is in place it allows the website to be managed with minimal knowledge of website design or expertise.
Even at the most simplistic level CMS websites have a secure admin area where authorized users can log in and use a variety of easy to use editing tools in order to maintain website content. It is possible to add, delete or amend text and images without the need for any complicated programming or special training. This means that, once your CMS website has been created, changes and updates can be made almost instantly without having to contact a specialist website designer or IT department. Reducing the time taken to publish and having up to date information is an important issue for any website design.
Do all Websites use CMS?
Many websites are built with CMS because this allows the website design to be separate from the content management. This is very important for a website with constantly changing information as it allows the website to be updated without having to refer the request to a specialist.
Can Images be added onto a Content Management System?
The majority of content management systems can be adapted by the use of plug-ins. This means that the ways in which your website can be organised and controlled can be as complicated or simplistic as you require. Depending on the system used, plug-ins available can also enable the implementation and use of webcasts and videos as well as images.
What are the Advantages of CMS?
The main advantages of a CMS website are that the website can be updated without the need of specialist help which should ensure that the website content is current. Contributors can edit pages and publish content without any knowledge of HTML. Equally the entire website can be redesigned without altering either the websites structure or content.
Are there any Drawbacks to CMS?
The majority of CMS such as WordPress, Joomla and Magento are all relatively easy to use, and can be customized by the use of plug-ins. It is also important to bear in mind that any changes saved to the website are live. Although this is usually advantage it also has the potential to be a disaster or at the very least an embarrassment if the wrong information is posted.