What does CMS mean?

Tuesday 3rd April 2018

Imagine you have an online store and one of your competitors has just launched a new sale that undercuts your prices. You want to change your prices, but your web developer is away on holiday; what do you do?

For anyone that wants a website built by an expert but still wants to be able to make changes themselves, then a Content Management System is the answer. Content Management Systems or CMS for short is fairly self-explanatory; it’s a system that lets you manage the day to day content of a website.

This all may sound like it won’t be useful to you as the website changes are normally hidden behind complex website code, but that’s the beauty of a good Content Management System, it’s easy to use and you don’t need to have any extra software; it’s all controlled through your web browser.

It uses a simple WYSIWYG (What you see if what you get) interface or so that anyone that can edit a Microsoft Word document can use it. With a little knowledge of how your WYSIWYG interface works, you will be able to use the content management system with very high level of control over key functions of the site like adding images, links to other websites video and audio.

A great website design company will spend time giving you a tutorial so that using the CMS is even easier.

There’s so many excellent free open-source CMS’s available at the moment that you’ll be spoilt for choice, from WordPress to Joomla and Drupal! A good design company will utilise these free system’s to ensure that you are getting the best website possible for your money.

Having a well-designed website with a good CMS will offer other added benefits that go way beyond its look and feel. With the right web designer you’ll be able to work out what you’ll need for your website in terms of additional software and site structure. A good CMS will also assist you in optimising your site for search engines (SEO), through keywords, metatags and search engine friendly links.

In short, a CMS gives you the control of your own website content without having to rely on someone else, saving you vast amounts of time and money!

Toast for Breakfast are experts in CMS websites – in fact this website was built using one! Contact Us for more information about CMS websites today.