What is a CMS?
A CMS or Content management system regarding websites is a backend location that you can manage the content and media of your website. Most websites built-in 2019 use a CMS to allow in house teams or a developer to manage the site and its content easily.
According to w3 techs, over a third of all websites use WordPress as a CMS. However, it’s not only WordPress, the trend of using a CMS across the web has also been increasing over the last 5+ years.
Why make the switch?
Making the switch to a CMS can be daunting; however, there are plenty of benefits of switching.
- Easier content management; A good CMS allows you to manage your content easily, you no longer have to make code changes when editing text on your posts and pages. You have full control over which text tags to use and the order of content on your website.
- Layout changes; If your website is integrated into a CMS using flexible content, you have full control over the order of sections on your website. Prefer your contact form to be higher up on your homepage? Simply drag and drop the section in your admin panel.
- SEO Integration; There are a lot of plugins that allow you to customise your pages meta title and description, this lets you easily manage the title and description shown across search engines.
- Media management; One of the biggest upsides of having a CMS is media management, you can upload, rename, reorder, preview, delete and edit media in your admin panel, this removes the need for code changes every time an image changes or an ALT tag needs adjusting.
Is a CMS right for me?
Not every site needs a CMS, for some, it can be overkill. You should measure the rate of changes that are being made on your website, and if they could be streamlined by a CMS. For example, if new pages are constantly being created and changes are being made then a CMS is most likely the best option. However, if your website doesn’t change much, you are probably better staying static (for futureproofing, it’s easier to convert earlier, the less content you have!).
If you need a hand converting your static site to a CMS, or have any more questions, get in touch!Back to news