Content Management System Websites
If you are planning to make frequent changes to your website, you will probably want the website to incorporate a content management system.
What is a Content Management System?
A CMS is a piece of software that allows someone without technical web coding knowledge to add material to a website.
What Skills Do I Need?
Basic computer skills are all that’s required. If you can write an email and create a document using Microsoft Word or the free–of–charge Libre Office (formerly known as Open Office), you won’t have any trouble using a CMS. The actual procedure will be different, but the level of difficulty is the same.
We provide full instructions for all of our content management system websites.
What Software Will I Need to Install on My Computer?
None. The CMS software is installed on the web server (the computer on which the website itself is stored). It works with all types of web browser software. All you need is access to the internet from a computer you trust.
How Much Control Will I Have?
You will be able to manage the content of your website by, for example:
- changing the text of an existing web page
- creating a new web page
- uploading images and other files
What you won’t be able to do is change the design or layout of the website. There are various packages, such as Baby Home Pages, which will allow you to do these things. If you think you might want to add animated images of dancing elves to your website, or change the text to bright purple on a lime green background, a content management system is, sadly, not for you.
How Does it Work?
- Using a trustworthy computer, you log in to the backstage area of the website using a secure user name and password.
- You select the part of the website you wish to update.
- You write in one or more text boxes, much like writing an email.
- You upload images and other files in the same way as you would attach a file to an email.
- You click a button to save your changes and put them live on the website.
- You log out.
What Types of CMS are Available?
There are many good general–purpose content management systems around. Three of the best are:
All of the above have plenty of features and are suitable for anything from a simple blog to a large corporate website. Many of the websites in our portfolio are built around these content management systems.
If you require something more specialised, we can arrange for a bespoke content management system to be built for you.
Lab 99 Web Design will be happy to incorporate a CMS into your: