CMS Website Overview

What are Content Management Systems (CMS)? – Content Management Systems are website administrative systems that simplify the entire process of developing, maintaining, and updating a website for both developers and clients. CMS websites are made to fit the needs of organizations large and small, and have the potential to easily expand to any degree and in any direction. This versatility allows them to support the growth of an organization: from small website edits to huge structural and functional upgrades.

About Open Source – The best CMS platforms, such as WordPress and Drupal, were built by thousands of ‘open source’ developers held to the highest coding standards.   Collectively, these developers were able to create systems with more development power than systems developed by any one private software organization. And their systems have impeccable reputations and thriving support. Historically, open source software has evolved ahead of the curve, allowing organizations like you to make a one-time switch from older models to yield optimal long-term results.

  • Structure and Layout Flexibilty – From smaller website elements such as individual pictures or sections of text, to larger elements such as whole pages or blocks, all content can be edited and restructured easily
  • Client Editing and Control Access – For do-it-yourself clients, CMS websites offer the ability to easily make content changes and basic adminstrative controls anytime, from any web browser
  • Systematic Advancement – There is no need for another website down the road – this one will adapt and grow with your organization. The expansive open source development community continues developing and updating every aspect of the system including its core and all of its add-ons, widgets, modules, and plug-ins. These can be easily be added, removed or manipulated to allow a website to evolve at the head of the technology curve

What’s the right system for your organization: WordPress, Drupal, or something else? – WordPress and Drupal create outstanding solutions for the majority of web projects whether small, medium, or large. Generally, smaller organizations building websites and blogs should usually use WordPress. Medium and large businesses, as well as small businesses with more complex projects, are typically better served with Drupal. In some cases it is best to have the two platforms work in conjunction, such as site using a complex Drupal web system with a WordPress blog.  In addition to finding the right balance of WordPress and Drupal, we can also develop and manage other systems such as Joomla and Concrete5.

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