Important Things to Consider When Using a CMS or Content Management System to Manage Your Website
What is the Best Content Management System CMS | A CMS or Content Management System allows users to log in and manage certain areas of their website from anywhere in the world as long as they have a computer and an unfettered connection to the Internet? Almost every CMS system uses a modular dashboard type of interface for easy identification and access to images, files, and pages. And in every case, pages or content are edited through an interface known as a text editor, also known as a WYSIWIG, an acronym meaning (What You See Is What You Get).
But nothing could be further from the truth. Some editors will strip out the code formatting most found in Microsoft Word documents, while others do not. This is why most text editors offer an HTML view so users may view the HTML in code view to troubleshoot problems with formatting and spacing.
No CMS system is better than the other.
If someone tries to convince you otherwise, then they lack exposure and development experience. In some cases, a web company will push their preferred CMS system on a client because it is the only CMS system they are most familiar with or allows them to bang out quick websites at a profit. Other companies will use an ‘open source’ or a ‘proprietary CMS system’ for web development purposes. Open Source CMS is fine but stay away from any ‘Proprietary CMS’ systems. A proprietary CMS system may ‘join you at the hip’ to a particular company and pose problems if you part company down the road.
Popular CMS Frameworks for Websites
We develop CMS-based websites for Linux ( PHP) and Windows (ASPX) using; Joomla CMS web development, Drupal, Word Press CMS websites, Magento, Symphony PHP, Cake PHP, Dot Net Nuke, Silver-Light, Trellian, Share Point or MOSS, and many others. There is no perfect CMS system. All CMS systems work off a web-based connection and are a bit slower to work with versus editing over an FTP or Remote Desktop connection, which is much faster.
In both situations, the preparation for editing is always the same. For example, let us assume you will update a product page with new photos and text.
A. Obtain the new product photo and description.
B. Crop the photo for best viewing and format your text.
C. Login to your CMS system.
D. Navigation to your products section
E. Upload your new photo, then verify the upload.
F. Open your text editor; then format your text (size, colors, links, bolding)
G. Save ALL, then open another browser and verify your changes.
H. Make adjustments based on what you see over the live website. ( I do this 3 or 4 times 90% of the time).
So if you have 10 products… then you repeat A through H ten times.
Managing Your CMS Website
Many people do not have the patience to manage a website, considering the steps and concentration to perform these tasks. We manage many business clients throughout the U.S. who have hired us to do the regular web maintenance of their CMS-based websites. Though many of these websites were built using popular, easy-to-edit CMS systems, these businesses want someone else to do this for them. They usually don’t have the time or patience to learn. Or is a better use of their time in running their businesses and making money.
If you have someone in-house who likes to edit and does a good job… then count your lucky stars! Otherwise, we perform web maintenance regularly for CMS and *non-CMS websites.
Also, see: Be Careful When You Edit Your Website.
* In most cases, we can perform edits much quicker in a non-CMS environment having direct FTP access versus slower web-based access, but requires an in-depth knowledge of HTML and CSS.
The proper and correct editing of a website requires many different skills and talents to include; grammar, layout, eye-for-good-flow, and page aesthetics. There is a BIG difference between a web page thrown together by a hack versus a professional with a discerning, creative eye. Ask yourself, “Does your website/webpages reflect the look and feel of a slick Fortune 500 magazine, or does it look more like a Clip-and-Save rag sheet found in the local pizza shop?” This is why Fast Company, Vogue, Time, and thousands of other high-end magazines employ an army of artists, photographers, and writers to produce a great-looking magazine.
Grammar is Extremely Important
Many highly educated people will steer clear contacting you through your website based on finding elementary grammatical errors. Ask yourself, “How many visitors have left your website and move onto a competitor due to grammatical errors?” No matter if you, your staff, or your web company are editing your website. Take time to do it right. Your website is your 24 hour, 7 days a week open storefront. Keep your ‘WELCOME’ matt nice and clean, and don’t forget to spell check!.
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