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The Benefits Of Using A Content Management System

The Benefits Of Using A Content Management System

by Web Designer

The way webpages and websites are constructed has changed considerably over the last decade or so. Hard-coded HTML pages which were once so popular have largely been replaced with content management systems, or CMS for short. Many platforms are available for creating CMS and in this article we explore and discuss their benefits.

One of the biggest advantages in using a content management system to build your webpages is that a number of individuals can collaborate when new content is added. Individual users can be assigned roles which can vary from administrators who have full access to all areas of the website, to contributors who are only able to add additional material. In addition, other users can have rights as editors or, depending on the system used, authors.

This has great benefits for the owner of the website, as individual writers can contribute posts or pages written in their own style. It has also in direct benefits in terms of search engine optimization because the search engine will regard the website as having more authority when a number of different authors contribute to it. Another benefit is that other content, such as rich media like audio or video files, can easily be added to a content management system without the user having any technical knowledge or experience ideal for situations where a business encourages the workforce to add their own materiel.

The old-fashioned practice of hiring a web designer to create pages for you, link them together with hyperlinks and construct a navigation menu has almost disappeared since the introduction of CMS. Web designers now focus their talents on building responsive and engaging content management systems for their customers, and no longer have to worry about updating or adding content. They are free to utilize their skill where it is needed most instead of completing numerous amendments for the user.

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From the users point of view, this also means that there is no delay between deciding to add extra content and actually seeing it live. Updating is done in real time, so posts written daily will show up as soon as they are published. Once again, this is great for ranking well in the search engines as it will be seen as fresh, topical content and that is exactly what is required these days.

Where the post is lengthy, an extract can be shown instead of the full article if required. Another real benefit of a CMS is that as content is added, it will build gradually into an archive that can be linked to either at the foot of a page or in a sidebar. This means that content is never lost, and a valuable resource will appear over time

There are many open source CMS platforms available including WordPress, which started life as a blogging platform, Drupal and Joomla! All of these are free to use, and while this is an attractive and tempting option for inexperienced users to build their own website, it is still a good idea to consult a professional if a professional result is required.



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    Great Textbook & Reference, October 19, 2012
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    This review is from: Learning Web Design: A Beginner’s Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics (Paperback)
    Oh, I love this book. If you’re shopping for a beginning web design book, get this one first. You’ll end up using it until it’s dog-eared, and waiting eagerly for a new edition in a few years!

    I teach introductory Web Page Design to design students at Madison College in Madison, WI. This is the textbook I require my students to buy.

    Learning Web Design has a friendly style and great explanations of what web pages are, how they work and how to make them. It drills deeply into HTML, CSS and web images. And it touches on javascript and other topics you’ll need to know if you continue to work in web design/development.

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    It tells you not only how to do stuff, it tells you why and when it is right to do so, October 9, 2012
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    This review is from: Learning Web Design: A Beginner’s Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics (Paperback)
    The book tells you not only how to do stuff, it tells you why and when it is right to do so. Proportionally speaking, if the book were 11 pages, you get 1 page for introduction, 3 for HTML, 5 for CSS and 2 for javascript. The book focuses on the important stuff, and says what is good on each. You can always learn the material online via web search, copying examples, etc, but it will take a while to grasp the ‘why’ of its intended usage.

    If you already know some of the material and want a refresher on the latest (such as HTML5), simply go to the ‘test yourself’ section at the end of each chapter. The core of the book is the HTML and CSS content. It nicely explains what it’s new in HTML5.

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    JavaScript: the book covers enough to practically know what it is and why you may have to learn it in the future. If you need to go deep in JavaScript, get another book. Lastly, a small chapter on web graphics is what I consider ‘filler’ content for people that know nothing about image formats.

    The book is big and pretty, in the same way that you can learn genetics online, we all know that the best is to get a genetics book and read through it. Similarly here, you wont regret getting the hard-copy, it is similar to a traditional college book (definitely less pricey than a genetics book). The reader can be a newbie or skilled person in web page design. Newbie will learn in a ‘clean’ way, the skilled person will refresh/learn how to correctly use HTML5 tags and CSS.

    Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of the book from O’Reilly for review.

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