Does your website have a content management system (CMS)? If so, do you use it?
Some CMS platforms can seem daunting. What type do you have, and is it easy to use, or do you not have the time/inclination to learn how to use it and have someone else take care of it for you?
I am in web design for last 12 years and I use Joomla, which is an award-winning content management system (CMS), The learning curve for users is Easy to understand. I have done Joomla sites for many corporate clients and Educational Institutes. a website in Joomla is very useful if you need to update your content on a regular basis. The specialty of Joomla is that you don't need any specific software's to update your content, you can do it using any of the Browsers.
I have experience with Drupal, which is not exactly a simple out-of-the-box solution for non-developers. I had the pleasure of working with great Developers that were able to customize the UI for the less-technical set like myself making it easy for me to use daily.
I'd echo the WordPress recommendation if it's something you'd like to manage yourself, assuming you're not a programmer or developer.
The beauty of a CMS is that it allows you to manage your content yourself, so if you have the ability and the bandwidth, I'd highly recommend it.
Most of all, it depends on your needs. We don't use a CMS. We code LAMP css3 html5 jquery mysql & mongo db from scratch on Foundation 3 by zurb. We tried wordpress, drupal, and joomla, and they all were insanely difficult, non-intuitive, and lacking in the complexity we needed, as we are doing an extremely large Internet Utility Platform, like Google, that has never been done before. So, if your business IS your website, we really can't see using one of the CMS's above. If u have needs that are well-known and routine, then u can use a CMS, but it's not as easy as using Microsoft Word.
What you may really need is a "Publishing Management System"; not so much the "content" management.
If you are trying to keep your website "current" by updating its content regularly, you may want to use a system that will store and publish your advanced written content to the site at scheduled times (dates & hours) so that you don't have to do this manually.
This will free up your time to write / edit new content and less time removing and publishing new content to the website.
We develop custom CMS systems for our client based on the needs on their site and their brand requirements. Our CMS is built around the brand, we don't build websites around the CMS.
I have found that even with the very easy tools, simple interface and maximum flexibility, clients rarely want to manage their own content. But, they do like the IDEA of managing their own content.
Luckily many new companies have popped up to do customer content and the SEO teams need to manage content - so our system is perfect for both groups.
The CMS platform that we use here is one that we have developed in - house. Our website customers also use it and it's rare that we have any issues with it. Obviously I use it quite regularly to update our website. I also have experience of using Wordpress as I have my own wordpress blog and some organisations that I am linked with use wordpress themselves.
As a beginner, your best choice would be wordpress. Its easy to install and manage. Quite many tutorials are also available.
Wordpress of highly flexible. It's interesting to note that roughly 55% CMS based websites use Wordpress which is about 17% of all the websites over internet.
I use Wordpress for my website. It's very easy to use and clients find it easy to use as well. Though I've tried other CMS, I personally prefer WordPress because it has a very large and experienced community of users and a wide array of plugins to meet all your requirements.
I have about 60 websites I personally run and about 10 use Wordpress and the rest are made from scratch with Dreamweaver or have a custom php system like a directory script or social network script.
Yes, I use Wordpress and have learnt to use it on all types and forms of websites.
Reason, very simple and easy to use on the side of the client.
Yes our new website is a content management system plus. We have made it simple to use and navigate but the power is there from the home business to the enterprise system.. Unlimited contacts and much, much more.. are you looking for something like this? If you are, I can help and send you a few video demonstrations.
Yes, we use Drupal and it is a CMS system. Trying to manage a dynamic website without it is costly and time consuming. There is a learning curve, but we are talking days not weeks. I tried several before settling on Drupal. I believe that it is absolutely the best system available. It has thousands of modules and many choices between them.
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