Choosing a Content Management System

The concept of a content management system is not new.  They’ve been around for a number of years and today have largely allowed people to edit their own websites making it easier for everyone.  Having a content management system in place for your website can benefit your business in a number of ways from making it easier to apply changes to your website instead of needing to edit the HTML directly.  It also allows you to use and integrate plug-ins, add-ons and extensions made to the core software that other developers release.

The number one thing that I hear when someone is looking to have a website developed for their business is that it they have to be able to make changes to it themselves which is one thing that implementing a content management system has going for it.

Depending on the content management system that you choose you can edit a number of things that make up the web pages in your website from the page title, meta tags, the URL path and the content of the page just to name a few areas without ever needing to touch the HTML source code of a web page.  Pretty cool indeed!

Some of the best vendors for content management systems

A number of web design and development firms have developed their own content management software to keep you dependent on them to make changes.  This goes against what a CMS (Content Management System) is supposed to for its users… make it easier to edit web pages.  So let me fill you in on a number of content management systems (CMS) that allow you to create and manage a website.

WordPress – This is one of the most heavily downloaded, used and modified content management systems in the world.  It is built using a combination of PHP and mySQL so you’ll need a Linux/Unix based hosting solution to run this on your website but since almost ever web hosting provider uses this it makes the technology behind it highly accessible and easy to use.  The other thing that makes WordPress a great option to run your website on is that there is an endless amount of plug-ins that independent web developers have built for community use (in other words they’re free) that help you get around common problems faced today by website owners, designers and developers and countless other people.  Check out WordPress by clicking here!

Drupal – Another heavily used content management solution that relies on its developer community.  Again it’s written using a blend of PHP and mySQL and is a good alternative to WordPress.  Click here for more information about this CMS solution

Joomla! – This CMS deserves a mention because it’s been around for a while, it has a good following of users and plenty of website owners use it every day to run their websites.  Click here to check it out!

Light CMS – Light CMS is a little bit different kind of content management system in part because there is a licensing fee to use it.  Light CMS has the added comfort of not needing you to do any upgrades on the software because they (Light CMS) offer this included in the price of having a website with them.  It’s a great solution for those of you that don’t want to tinker around with your website to keep on upgrading it… it might be worth a shot to try it out!

If you are looking to run a website and even if you don’t hire us for your next project consider the above options when you think about having your own website.  There are a lot of options to have your own website and some might say a few too many but if you stick to a few key points then you can have an awesome website too!

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