Choosing the right content management platform for your next web project can be a difficult task. They all look good, but which really fits your specific needs and requirements?
A content management system allows you to quickly and easily make changes to your web site’s content, without you having to know a great deal about the web technologies running behind the scenes. In most cases, you don’t need to know HTML, or work with unfamiliar web design / development applications.
Content managers provide a great deal of benefit to the site owner, including:
- Easily create, update, or remove content that’s part of your site. This doesn’t only pertain to the text on the various pages of your site, but also to supporting material, such as PDF brochures, downloadable products, audio, video, and other types of files.
- No special web expertise required. Anyone in your business can work a CMS! Content managers are built for users who aren’t web designers / developers. You do not need to learn to work with any special tools or purchase any expensive software for your team(s). All work is done through a web browser, or mobile device, from where ever you are.
- Multiple user access – Most content managers provide you with the ability to assign specific roles to different users, and get them to work only on their specific part of the web site. Sharing the responsibility, and having accountability provides better quality and more control over your web site.
- A good content management platform will help you achieve better SEO. It should help define proper titles for your pages, friendly page names, and assist behind the scenes to provide meta-data, and other functionality helpful to search engine optimization.
- Extensible – Content Management Systems can generally be extended to host and support additional functionality. For example, if you need a user support forum, or a shopping cart, those features are generally easier to implement and support using a CMS than having to build a custom solution from scratch.
- Many CMS systems are open-source, and free. This, however, does not mean limited functionality, or an incomplete feature-set. In fact some of the best content management systems in use today by Fortune 500 companies, are free and open-source.
How Do I Choose?
The correct content management system could mean the difference between success and failure for a project. It is important to choose the system that best handles your business initiatives, goals, and supports the features, work-flows, and functionality that your organization is looking for.
We’re here to help. With years of experience in using the top ten content management systems in the industry, we can help find the right fit for your business. We’ll evaluate your needs, budget, and technology infrastructure, and help identify the right platform that best suits your needs. Next, we’ll build your project on top of the new platform, as well as provide support, training, and help as you begin using and working with your new environment.
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