Why do I need CMS?
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Many web designers build their websites into a CMS, whether it be a simple website or a complex one. In this article, we explore what CMS is all about; what it is, why you need it, and what happens if your website is not built into a CMS.
What is CMS?
So, what is CMS? The term CMS stands for content management system. When a website is built in to a content management system, it allows people with little or no coding knowledge to edit the site with ease. Text, images, links and even colours can be customised by the website owner to keep the website up to date without a web designer on hand. A CMS generally a user friendly interface making it clear and simple to use.
There are many CMS platforms on the market. Some cost money and others are free open-source platforms that anyone can use. The most popular content management system, which I am sure you have heard of, is WordPress. WordPress is the world’s largest content management system.
At More Pixels, we build our websites into WordPress. Originally a blogging platform, it is a free, easy to use content management system which allows us to build a simple, customised back-end for our clients to be able to maintain their own websites. As of 2016, WordPress powers over 27% of websites. There are alternatives to WordPress such as Joomla and Drupal, but WordPress remains the leading CMS platform due to its simplicity.
Why use a CMS at all?
If websites were not built into a CMS, non-technical users wouldn’t be able to maintain their own websites and would be forced to pay web developers an on-going cost to maintain it for them. There would be a lot of back and forth and the client would be left with an empty pocket.