Websites and Content Management Systems (CMS)

using a cms for websites

If it’s better to build a website that’s dynamic rather than static, the best way to build a dynamic website is with a CMS.

The Purpose of a CMS in a Website

The main purpose of a CMS is to make changing and adding content as easy as possible. Your web designer might be comfortable working with a dynamic site structure built using individualcoded files, but do you really want to work with plain HTML files or learn how to upload files to a server?

Adding images or new pages are other common tasks that any CMS will maeke easy, but it’s very important that you feel comfortable with the particular way in which the system does these tasks.

Although easy updating is important, the real power of a CMS lies in the ability to add functionality to your site, such as photo galleries, forms, and much more. It’s also where some of the biggest differences lie between CMSs.

Rule of Thumb: Anything more than a personal site should be built a self-hosted CMS, even if it’s only a few pages in size.

With self-hosted open-source CMSs there are large communities of people constantly developing and updating add-on features.

For example, as social media became popular you immediately had new functions being created for open-source CMSs such as WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla, which would allow you to post to Twitter and Facebook.

Hosted CMS Systems for Your Website

A hosted CMS might add such function to their list (hopefully sooner rather than later), but typically it would only be one kind, whereas with the self-hosted open source systems, there are literally dozens of different social media add-ons that can do a wide range of tasks.

With a self-hosted system you can also hire a developer to create your own unique functions because you can control the actual coding that runs the site. In addition, you’re not dependent on a free host to remain in business or your hosting provider to continue providing a free site-builder.

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