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Content Management Systems for Small Business

What is a content management system? A website content management system (CMS) is pretty much want it sounds like, a system to manage website content.

There are many different options available all with a variety of functionality and options.  For the most part, a CMS is a web application that allows users to create, edit and maintain content on their website.

The website content is typically stored in a database and is accessed through a simple to use interface.  The software provides authoring (and other) tools designed to allow users with no knowledge of website development to create and manage content with relative ease.

So you own a business and either have a old website or are thinking of having one developed for you.  Why should you have your website built using a CMS?

  • You can easily update, edit, and manage your website content.
  • You can easily upload images and videos to your website.
  • You can edit or update your website anywhere,  all you need is a computer with internet access.  
  • The interface is simple to use and requires no web development experience.
  • Content is dynamic and allows for extensions like forums, polls, blogs and other interactive features.
  • You can control what content is visible to the public and even control what type of content different users see.

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Will a web site built using a content management system cost me more than a non-CMS site from the outset? I've heard many different opinions on the subject, what is your stance?

That's a great question.  It really depends on the size and complexity of the website and how it is to be used. For small websites the initial development costs may in fact exceed the development costs of a similar non-CMS website.   However the development costs of a CMS based website are typically offset quickly, as the user can easily add and edit content without the assistance of a website designer or developer.

Does it matter which content management system we go with? Your website mentions that your web developers work with both Drupal and Wordpress sites. Which would be best for a website design of less than 10 pages and is there a cost difference? Thanks for all your advice.

There are a number of website content management systems (CMS) to choose from.  Two very important factors to consider are:

  • Is it open source?  Open source software has many advantages including lower cost, no vendor lock-in and great control over the software.  Both Drupal and Wordpress are both open source.
  • How well supported the CMS community is.  Open source software typically relies on a large community of developers to help design, update and maintain the software.  This community also is a great resource when developing projects.  Again, both Drupal and Wordpress have great online communities.

To answer your question, both CMS's would be fine to design and develop a small website.  Both are quick and easy to set up, have a simple to use user interface, and are loaded with great features.

While Drupal does offer more options for custom application development, either would be a great option for a small website.

Feel free to request a quote, we are more than happy to put together a project estimate for you.  

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