Why do I need a CMS?

A content management system, often known as a CMS, is a way of managing your online content. These content systems are created to make it easier to edit your website at any time. Depending on the specific CMS, it may have been created specifically to make changing the content as easy as possible for the end user. Many content management systems are made to allow a site owner to update content and even to change the style of the site without having any prior programming knowledge.

The Benefits of Updating a Site

As a business evolves over time, its website must also evolve. When you begin planning a website design for your business, you may go into the venture believing that once the site is in place, there’s nothing else to be done. There are few businesses that never change their websites, and those that don’t end up with sites that eventually look old fashioned and aren’t in tune with what today’s readers want from a site.

As new site features are available, the standard features that people look for when they go to a site will change. The basic design strategy of a business website also changes over time. If your site is dated, people may assume that your business is as well.

Keeping your site updated with new information keeps people coming back to your site. Even if the only updating that you do is to announce big company news when it happens, your site is being kept dynamic and changing when updates are made. Fewer people are interested in a static website, and search engines are thought to rank sites better when they are updated often. A CMS makes it possible for the site owner to make these little tweaks without having to hire a Web designer to make small changes once the site is in place.

Using a CMS to Format

When a site is created without a CMS, the site’s formatting can be kept steady across each page of the website without taking more time and programming to make it so. This often lowers the cost for creating a website because it takes less time to create the site. It also means that every little formatting detail will be in sync across the site, giving the reader a consistent viewing experience.

Blogging and the CMS

These days, no matter what type of business you run, you will likely get more traffic to your website if you have a blog in place. Having a blog as a part of your website also makes your site more search engine friendly. If you want a blog on your site, having a CMS is a must. Even if you don’t have a blog when the site gets started, having a CMS in place gives you the framework to implement a blog any time you decide to add one. Blogging gives your company a personal face, and it gives search engines an opportunity to see updated content that contains many of your designated keywords.

Author: Mitch Fraser

Mitch Fraser is currently the director of two successful Australian companies that provide time and money saving solutions for their customers: Tomorrow Finance and Drawstring. At Tomorrow Finance, Mitch helps people find the cheapest home loan products to bring Tomorrow's dream into today; while at his web development company, Drawstring, Mitch focuses on the outcomes for his clients by taking the time to understand each client's business and unique situation while maximising their return on investment. Mitch obtained his Bachelor of Science in Computing Science and Diploma in Information Technology and Professional practice with first class honours, from The University of Technology, Sydney, in 2005.

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