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Significance of Using Content Management Systems in Website Design

Understanding the difference between website applications and a Content Management System in website design is necessary for website designers and website owners.

Website applications normally provide users a functionality to interact and many times do business with your website. Websites like Facebook or Yahoo could be considered as website applications. We have undertaken website application development for various customers. An example would be an online booking system we developed for a client to enable them to take bookings for various courses they run over the Internet. Another example of website application development would be an e-commerce website or even a simple newsletter delivery system can be classified as website application.

On the other hand, a Content Management System in a pure sense allows you to manage information on your website.

Three main advantages of a good Content Management System are:

  • Streamline Authoring process: You can delegate the job of updating your website to different staff members and they can manage information on the website that is related to their field of expertise or responsibility.

  • Quick turnaround for changes: You can make updates to your website without any involvement of your website designer. You get full control of the content posted on your website and whatever changes you wish to make in it can be done with the help of a good content management system.

  • No technical expertise required: You can do all the changes to the content of the site easily and without the need of much technical expertise. People with basic knowledge of word processing can do it.

  • Improve your SEO ranking: The changes you make using a content management system reflects directly on your search engine standing. So in order to improve your SEO ranking, you can use CMS and incorporate all the elements that will give your website higher exposure.

  • Decentralised Site Maintenance: When a CMS is in place, maintenance of the website becomes decentralised. You can do it through a common browser, from anywhere and anytime.

  • No technical expertise required: You can do all the changes to the content of the site easily and without the need of much technical expertise. People with basic knowledge of word processing can do it.

Many Website Designers these days provide a Content Management System-based website design using an open-source CMS like Joomla. Although Joomla is a good open-source solution, it has its own limitations. Many website developers develop CMS based websites on client requirement. This allows website designers to develop a CMS that suits the client needs exactly. You as a customer should understand the advantages and disadvantages of website development using an open source software or a custom designed CMS before you commit to website development based on either of them. If you get the right solution and if developed properly, a good CMS can help you update your website seamlessly.

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