Content Management Systems (CMS) are for Database Driven Websites (which simply means you can update the content of the website yourself via an Admin Section). You can log in to your Content Management System (CMS) and within a few clicks your website is updated! As easy as that.
There are many types of Content management systems (CMS) out there, many available to download for free, and plug in to any website, which to many sounds great - but the truth is,
- Many of these can be very complicated to use
- The code they render behind the scenes can be very messy and unnecessary (which means poor Google has to trawl through the unnecessary code to get to your actual content)
- They can be low in security (as anyone can download them, pick through the code to find security loopholes)
- They can also be very limiting, meaning you can only have the features the package offers (in which when your site is 6 months old, and you want to add additional features, you can't)
Our Content Management Systems (CMS)
As we are fully converse in languages of the Internet (namely PHP and MySQL) we actually write your Content Management System line by line (read more About Us and Why Choose Us). We do this to ensure your Content Management System (or CMS) is extremely easy to use, it looks just like your website for familiarity, is very secure and as individual as you and your business. You would be given a username and password to access your Database, and within a few clicks and keyboard presses your site is updated night and day!
Dependant on the Website Design Package you chose or the features your website has, you will be able to perform other tasks on your new website, like add additional pages and/or sub-pages, update any special offers, your services, contact details, edit your products, process your orders, in fact you will be in full control of all of the content that is contained within your website.
Content Management Systems (CMS) Will Save you Money and Time
Having to re-employ your Website Developer every time you wish to make changes to your website can be costly and time consuming. You will have to generate your changes, forward them to your Web Developer, for your Web Developer to reply with your quotation, then book the work in if you wish to go ahead. Having your own Content Management System cuts out this entire process, you will be able to make the changes yourself. Adding a Content Management System upon placing your booking for your Website Design will cost a little more initially, but you will make savings within the first few months, never mind the years that your new site will be live online.
The Difference a Content Management System Makes
Without a CMS (Content Management System) your website will be the same the day it was published on to the Internet. Content management Systems are closely related to Database Driven Websites so be sure to also read that section. People who already have a Content Management System will tell you they would not be without it! put simply it puts you in control of your website. You can make your changes any time you want, without having to rely on a third party (Like your Web Developer) to make the changes for you which will often incur additional charges. Dependant on the type of your website it will remove a massive amount of administration time your website could consume as it adds levels of self automation for process orders or renewing memberships etc.
Are All Content Management Systems Equal
With the sheer popularity of Database Driven Website Design and Development and the fact that almost any website on the Internet can and would benefit from having a Content Management System, thousands of Off-The-Shelf Packages have appeared, but these, in most cases, are nowhere near capable of doing the job. (Read more about Why Choose Us). Some CMS's can be clunky, very difficult to use, full of the features you will never use but lack in features you may need, so the answer is No!
CMS: Ease of Use
Our Hand-Written Content Management Systems are so very easy to use. Once logged in, you are presented with what, is your website, but a little different. For example: if you wish to update your website's home page, just click on a "homepage" link and you will be presented with text boxes for you type in to, these are commonly the Page Title, the Content and then text boxes for Meta Tags (for Google) and a Submit Button, it's as simple as that. You would be able to embed images/videos/links into your content as well as upload files to link to (like PDF Documents/Brochures) and pop tables in there (like in Microsoft Word or Publisher). If you have functionality to add Main Pages, you will see a button that says "Add Main Page +". If you have functionality to add sub pages, you will see a button saying "Add Sub-Page +". If you have products to edit, you would simply select the product in your CMS (as you would on the front end of the site) and click it to edit it. It couldn't be simpler, though we never stop trying.
With Nottingham's Media Design Studio Ltd; your entire website, database and content management system will be hand-coded from scratch to your specifications, meaning it will be very easy to use, the code will be clean and tidy, it will be high in security, and will have no future limitations.
We have many requests for people wanting elements adding to their website, but because they originally opted for an off-the-shelf-package (through choice or not) they then have to pay to have the website constructed all over again from scratch, and also every person/business says they wish they had contacted us first.