Have you been wondering how to create that great website, blog, eCommerce shopping website, or landing page for your business without coding and you don’t know how to go about it? The simplest and most effective solution is a Content Management System (CMS).
With a Content Management System, you can update your website from anywhere at any time unless, of course, there are some advanced tasks that will require a more experienced developer to do it for you.
What is Content Management System?
A Content Management System (CMS) is a web-based application – (software) that allows users to create and manage a website in a human-friendly interface without the knowledge of coding. This is very productive for entrepreneurs who are busy and may not have the time to learn how to code.
Through an admin dashboard, users can create, manage, edit, collaborate and publish digital content with the help of a Graphical User Interface that allows for drag and drops functionality.
Benefits of using a Content Management Systems
1. No programming knowledge is needed
One of the most beautiful features of a Content Management System is that you don’t need to know how to code in other to effectively work with them. With your admin dashboard, you can easily get the work done in no time.
2. Easy Collaboration
When creating a website with a Content Management System, is easy to work with multiple developers and content creators at the same time. You will be working on the cloud and this allows for easy access and monitoring from anywhere at any time making it easy to scale your project.
3. Cost-effective – Open Source
Most CMS are Open Source, i.e they are cheap or completely free to use and modify for your project, this saves time and money for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses and Startups who may not have the budget for enterprise application development.
4. Easy maintenance and update
With a CMS, making changes to your website or blog is incredibly easy and you have access to software updates with a click of a button.
5. Improve Security
Every business running any digital asset online is exposed to cyber threats. Hackers are always trying to gain unauthorized access to sensitive business data at the slightest opportunity.
Content Management systems are shipped with state-of-the-art security features like extensions or add-ons to help mitigate cyber threats.
6. SEO friendly
When we talk about website design and development, we cannot spate Search Engine Optimization. A CMS makes Search en Search Engine Optimization easy to implement
Great Example of Content Management System
WordPress is the most popular and number choice for most developers and powers over 43% of the website on the internet. It can be used to design any type of website including eCommerce, blogging platforms, real estate, and any business website you can think of. You can add more features to extend the functionality of your website using plugins.
Joomla is a very popular CMS back in the day and is still popular though. One thing you need to know about it is that is not really for beginners. It is open source and comes with different templates and extensions to create any website.
After WordPress comes Drupal in terms of popularity. Instead of focusing on blogging, Drupal comes with a lot of interesting modules such as forums, profiles, user blogs, OpenID, e.t.c. Drupal has a very active community powering it and has excellent support for plugins and other general questions.
Wix is also a very popular Content Management System but comes with a lot of limitations that WordPress does not have. It is a cloud-based CMS with web hosting and design capabilities that make website design easy and fun.
Shopify is a Content Management System specifically focused on eCommerce websites. It is a full Cloud-Based Management System which means you don’t need to worry about hosting, server maintenance, or software upgrade, unlike most CMS.
You can add products with images, titles, and descriptions, Payment integration, and much more
Content Management Systems are easy and cost-effective ways for website developers and entrepreneurs to easily create, modify and update content online without having to work with codes and this makes website developers more rapid, flexible, and rapid. If you are thinking of developing a great business website, you may want to ask your developer if they use Content Management System.
Emmanuel Okaiwele is a Freelance Web Developer with Experience in Front End and Back Website Development, Linux Servers Administration, and Digital Strategy.