Content Management Systems
A content management system (CMS) is a software application or set of related programs that are used to create and manage your website. They allow you to make all the changes to your website in one place, via a web browser interface and see the changes live. Most are simple and secure to use and allow you to easily organise, manage and publish your content, keeping your website up to date from any connected location.
The most popular CMS system is WordPress (used by over half of the top 1 million websites) – see Built With, but all the options have their strengths and weaknesses. Your choice of CMS will depend on many factors, but is critical to the long term success of your website. Changing the platform at a later date is possible, but often a costly and complex process. CMS systems should offer a wide range of themes and plugins that provide for a limitless range of customisation options. Existing template designs can be adapted or we can start from your own visual ideas. Sites are generally built in modular form and developed over time to include extra functionality.
WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool. It’s probably the easiest and most powerful website content management system in existence today. WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted website tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.
More recently, the platform has expanded rapidly and now offers an easy to navigate and intuitive interface, familiar to many users. Third parties have developed plugins to enhance functionality and integrate with other services such as eCommerce. WordPress has a huge community that develop plugins and themes as well as assisting with queries and difficulties. There are regular system updates, new features and professional help is usually on hand. If your website needs are reasonably straightforward, WordPress will probably be the best solution. If you would like to discuss your own application informally, please get in touch.