While we are experts at HTML, PHP and Flash for building customized Websites, we find that 99% of what our clients really need is something called a Content Management System (CMS), which can, and often does, incorporate HTML, PHP and Flash.
The great thing about a CMS Website is that, once we're done designing and building your site, we turn the reigns over to you and put you in the driver's seat ..
We like to tell our new clients that, If you know how to type and save a Word document, then you already know about 95% of what you need to know to update the content on your own Website.
The other 5% comes from a training session after your site has launched, and ongoing phone and email support. We don't mind if you call us and say, "Hey, I forgot how to do X-Y-Z .." Most questions can be answered in a matter of moments. "Oh, yeah.. I remember now!"
Here's a video we found that does a pretty good job of explaining the basics of CMS, or Web CMS (WCM) as it's sometimes called:
10 Major Advantages to Content Management Systems
1. A CMS Website is database driven
This allows you to create and store hundreds or thousands of pages in the database. You can apply changes across the board, to specific sections, or an individual page. It's really up to you.
2. Separate design and content
The design of the site template is separate from the content. This allows the design to be changed at any time without affecting the content stored on the site.
3. Cascading style sheets (CSS) control the site's appearance
Altering the CSS file/s allow easy changes to the design and/or color of your CMS site. The consistency of the design will be preserved throughout every page.
4. Multiple authors
If you have multiple authors who wish to contribute to your CMS Website, you can set up individual user access accounts in the administration panel. They can simply login to the Website and add, edit, or delete their own content at will.
5. Access from anywhere
Authors and editors can access the administration/editing tools of the site from any computer with an Internet connection. This means your Website can be updated literally from any location in the world.
6. Website management panel
The back-end administration panel not only provides the ability to add content, but also to add modules such as polls, banners, forums, shopping applications, news management and menus.
The options and tools available to expand your Website are voluminous and can be customized to fit your needs and goals, as well as the design of your site.
7. Schedule content updates
Publishing content can be controlled by creating a draft first, then publishing it later. This is handy if you need to coordinate content from multiple authors. As an author or administrator, you will be able to preview your updated Web pages right on your site; casual visitors will not see the new page until you give the go-ahead and publish it.
8. Create search engine friendly pages
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is critical to the success of your Website. Fortunately, with a CMS the separation of content from the design allows you to easily include keywords in the URL of each page. If the title of your article was “Top 10 Advantages to Content Management Systems” your URL would be written as:
Most CMS Websites automatically generate the correct meta tags for each web page, which would help them to attract the "spiders" combing the Internet from search engine services (i.e., Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Ask, etc.). If you don't like the meta tag that was automatically generated, you can control it right there in the editor panel for the page you're creating. A CMS Website is Search Engine Optimization (SEO) made easy.
9. Attracts visitors
A CMS Website attracts visitors because it can be constantly and rapidly updated. It not only generates pages that are search engine friendly, but can produce lots of links from the new content that is added and syndicated.
10. Create automatic RSS Feeds.
RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is integrated automatically into many CMS sites. Every time you create a post or make a comment, it creates a feed for it. This allows visitors with RSS Feeders to read your new post at their own leisure.
In this highly competitive world of business, a Website that generates a high stream of ever-increasing traffic is really beneficial. A Website designed by an industry professional who will guide you to meeting your online business goals is imperative. today to discuss your needs.