Looking after your own web content

A Content Management System (CMS) allows the "non-technical" person to enter and look after their own content in "plain English" and not in computer language.

Many people have heard of WordPress, and perhaps of Joomla and Drupal, as options to be able to create their own pages and look after their own content. However, no matter how "easy" a "techie" will tell you these are to work with, a lot of average users have great difficulties in using such premade template-based systems, and find that they are definitely nowhere near "easy" if they only have a fairly basic knowledge of computers..

WordPress is a very good content management system and it is a great solution for the right client. However, in order to get the most out of a WordPress site, the user needs to have a fair amount of understanding of more than just basic computer skills. The WordPress user will need to manipulate photos, bring in content, and generally follow a lot of directives within the program. Drupal and Joomla are often touted as good for E-Commerce solutions, but they may be fairly difficult to work with for the average user as well.

Although we do use WordPress when requested, Affordable Web Design Ltd offers a custom-made content management system which keeps the most "basic" user in mind and is much simpler to use than WordPress. Basic knowledge of how to work with pictures and how to use a system similar to Word is about the only technical knowledge required. Our system is easy to use and only has the options in it that you need, not a one-size-fits-all type of layout.

A word to the wise, though- the CMS program provides the general look of the pages, such as the header with navigation menu and links, footer with all links, and coloured background when requested, but the client must enter all their own information and pages, which is the main reason for wanting a CMS in the first place. The CMS provides a framework that looks a lot like Word to allow anyone to add text, add pictures, create links,  etc.  Whether a person is able to do that or not is up to them.  Some people can do great things within a Word document, or a Word-like document such as used in our CMS structures, and others can’t.  Same thing with a CMS. 

Another service offered by Affordable Web Design is that we can incorporate a CMS into your website, and we are happy to create all the pages for you, based on our normal hourly fee. Then once the pages are all created, you can go in and just make minor text changes .... you can have the best of both worlds!

If you feel that you are not able to handle even such as basic structure, no worries - we are happy to do all page creation and updates for you at our normal hourly fee. Click here for more information on what Affordable Web Design Ltd offers as website maintenance services.

For more information about the various CMS systems available through Affordable Web Design™, we invite you to contact us to discuss your "content management system" needs.

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