What Does CMS Mean?
CMS is an acronym for “Content Management System.”
Content Management System (CMS) websites…
- Enable the website owner to update, add, delete or otherwise edit website content on the fly.
- Removes the need for the website owner or administrator to retain a webmaster to make simple updates to a website.
- Provides the website owner with a secure administrative back end (accessed through a web browser) where content can be edited.
- Enables the website owner to set up accounts with optional permissions settings for other administrators to work in the site. For instance, if the website owner has an administrative assistant who updates page content, permissions can be set so that this person cannot access the important setup controls of the site and only can access the page copy.
- Since CMS sites are very popular, there are many cool applications and programs written for the site. The website owner can install these applications (called Plug-Ins) with the click of a button. No technical expertise is necessary.
Benefits of CMS websites:
- Website editing without needing to know HTML.
- No need to depend on a webmaster for website updates.
- Easy handling of “rolling events” like speaking engagements
- Post-dating of articles so they can automatically “go live” on the scheduled date.
Our CMS SITES ARE SEARCH ENGINE FRIENDLY.
- This means that unlike the CMS or do-it-yourself sites you get elsewhere (like Yahoo, GoDaddy, Web.com, etc), the search engines will actually list the sites that we build more favorably!
- Those other companies keep your website content loaded in a database with thousands of other customers – and that content can be hard to find for Google!
- Create multiple site management accounts with different levels of permissions (Admin, User, Contributor, etc).
- Easy addition of new functionality, tools and existing “widgets” (because your website code is “open source”).
- Free support by the very responsive developer and user communities. The WordPress technology used in our sites is widely used and supported.
Who Needs a CMS Site?
- CMS sites are perfect for the small business that needs only a simple web presence – and does not NEED a full custom website..
- The small business who wants a web site that will get ranked in the search engines.
- Some smaller business don’t need a high-end custom website – but still need to make a favorable impression on their website visitor.
Content Management Websites for Associations & Organizations
Bring your website up to the professional standards that your members and customers expect from your organization.
- Content Management System, or CMS, websites allow your organization to make most website changes in-house.
- Avoid the expense of depending on a professional webmaster.
- Make changes instantly – you do not have to depend on a webmaster for important real-time changes!
- Your organization can make content changes, calendar updates, make new pages, add video and images – all on the fly.
In today’s competitive market, your online presence must be strong and your message clear. The old adage “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” still rings true today.
When it comes to a national association, certification organization, or professional service business, members and potential members align themselves with excellence, and want to feel confident and proud when they are counted within the ranks.
Unfortunately, most websites are outdated with poor usability. The content is not cutting edge within the industry, and quite simply, the message that once waxed bold is now somewhere in the background behind the clutter.
Don’t Be Held Hostage!
We have our finger on the pulse of the industry and know that most national associations, certification organizations, or professional service businesses have been held hostage by their web designer for far too long.
When it becomes necessary to make a change or update your website with relevant information and a fresh look, the web designer dictates how long it will take and how much it will cost. The web designer also maintains all the control by managing the user name and passwords to the hosting account, and in many cases they even own the domain name. This should never be, and if you’re tired of being held hostage by your web designer, it’s time to call us and get free.
We free your organization by creating your new website using a Content Management System (CMS). Content Management means that you and your organization can access your website any time, day or night, and make content changes on the fly.
Before the advent of “blogging” on the Web, Content Management Systems were prohibitively expensive, hard to learn, and, difficult to set up. They required specialized training to maintain, and were expensive.. However, “blog” software, which was generally available as open source or at low cost, quickly became very sophisticated, and now provide the same functions as traditional Content Management tools.
In fact, many content management softwares can be cost-effective for any size national association, certification organization, or professional service business. The benefits are clear.
- The client does not need to hire or contract a webmaster to manage their website anymore.
- With minimal training, each department can easily author and add articles and other content to the website.
- Because content authors cannot alter the overall web page design, the website maintains a polished appearance.
- You can set various levels of user permissions. For instance, an administrative person can write a page or update a schedule. That change won’t go live until an Administrator later approves it.
We know our clients have greater needs these days. They have a clearer understanding of how they want their websites to perform, and the functions that must be built in to make it possible. That’s exactly why a Content Management System provides the necessary benefits to our clients:
- Content Management Systems allow any number of individuals (authors) within a national association, certification organization, or professional service business to add, edit and delete content pages. They can usually learn how to operate a Content Management System (CMS) in two hours or less.
- The design of the website cannot be “broken’ or altered by any content author. All content and links are automatically generated in page layouts that are pre-installed by the web designer. Pre-installed style sheets are used to control the formatting of text.
- The website becomes truly dynamic and stays up-to-date. Fresh content can be added through any Web enabled computer anywhere in the world. All content is maintained through a Web browser, there are no additional software requirements. This reduces software licensing and hardware costs for the website owner. Also, authors can maintain their website from anywhere in the world (with Internet access).
- The design of the website can be changed at any time without affecting the content. Because a CMS separates the web design and content management functions, designers and content managers can operate independently on the same website without “getting in each others way.”