Content Management System Web Sites

Content Management Systems are database-driven systems that have a suite of tools that allows for Client-side management, maintenance and editing of content to a web site. CMS sites most often use an open source software product such as WordPress, Joomla or Drupal. They are supported by thousands of users and developers as well as a thousands of plug-ins to expand your site in almost any way you choose. Mindy Schmidt offers web design and development services that employ best practices and that help remove any headache from launching a sparkling new CMS web site!



Some of the main benefits of CMS web sites:

EASE OF UPDATING AND CONSISTENCY OF APPEARANCE : CMS reduces the time and costs associated with web content management by offering a centralized system for creating, editing and publishing well designed, standards-compliant and accessible web sites without requiring technical expertise. These sites also eliminate the issues associated with traditional code-driven Web development processes by providing authoring tools that are intuitive and easy for anyone to use. Unlike web editing programs like Dreamweaver or Front Page, a CMS stores the text separately from the presentation of the content. This means when a visitor comes to a Web page, the CMS is pulling the various parts and pieces of the page from a database and dynamically generating it. CMS uses access to php and css files that act as templates to ensure pages display consistently across a site,  even if different people are managing areas of a single site, they cannot change the overall look and feel of the site as a whole.


BUILT IN ACCESSIBILITY, SEARCH FUNCTIONS, PLUG-INS AND COMMUNITY BUILDING : CMS offers compliance with federal laws concerning access to information for people with disabilities.  CMS displays your content using current web standards which helps “future proof” your web site and also provides built-in search capability – as your content already lives on a database. With an ever growing list of open source plug-ins, CMS sites allow for greater adaptability to your site visitor’s needs. There are plug-ins that allow you to encourage visitors to easily add an RSS feed from your site to their readers.  There are plug-ins that allow your site to evolve and keep up with what is important to you while always staying complaint wtih web standards.


SEO ( Search engine optimization ) : A CMS web site more naturally addresses search engine optimization issues and can also include a number of “plug-ins” that will improve and expand the use and accessibility of your new site. For example, an XML site map plug in ( which Google uses to index site content correctly ) will update and resubmit automatically each time new content is added to your site. There are also many other free plug-ins to more aggressively submit keywords to search engines for pages that you wish to promote.


BLOG READY : These web CMS sites are blog ready.  Many sites on the internet now are built as blogs, but function as web sites. These types of sites allow for greater flexibility and communication with visitors as well as search features through site archives that keep your site organized and easily used by visitors looking for something specific. Clients can choose to enable a blog on their new CMS sites or not. Clients can choose to turn comments on or off on their blog.  Clients many times choose certain posts on their blog that allow or disallow comments.  This is a great way to gather feedback and create community. Comments can always be moderated prior to going live,  so that the site publishes only those comments that are approved by the Client.


These options are probably one of the most important things you can do to keep your site  ‘in the loop’ online.  Also, this area tends to be one of the most overlooked in traditional HTML web sites. MSIS’s CMS projects always provide a Share/Save feature to allow visitors to back link to your site from their Facebook or other social media pages, book mark your site with one click, and even simply e-mail your web site to friends and family. The more people book mark, share and save your new site and site content, the more valuable your site becomes and the more effective your online efforts are. Take a look here for why social media is so important to your web site efforts!


CONTENT INTEGRITY AND SECURITY : CMS inherently provides significant security advantages over traditional, file-driven Web sites that require FTP access in order to implement changes: Site managers can easily “roll back” unwanted or erroneous page changes. User role limitations protect site content from being accessed, overwritten, or deleted inappropriately.  Workflow capabilities enforce user role permissions that eliminate the potential for unwanted content.


CMS SITE REQUIREMENTS :  These sites require a MySQL database on their host server. MSIS, as a reseller of domain registrar and hosting services, offers not only discounted hosting agreements ( $60 per year ), but also includes the database creation and set up of the new CMS site as part of each project. In the case of MSIS provided hosting, Clients may also choose to continue using their own domain name by changing only the DNS address with their current registrar.