Do you want to be able to update your site at anytime? Add photos to galleries, add new services or testimonials or change your prices whenever you see fit? Then you will require a 'Content Managment System (CMS)'. A CMS will allow you to alter all of the content on your site at anytime that you want to.
What is so good about a Content Management System?
With a Content Management System you will be able to;
- Add new pages to your site whenever you need to
- Update the content of any existing pages
- Move the pages around within your site structure
- Add new images (galleries, banners or within text)
- Add new testimonials, services or prices
- Change your contact details
All of this can be done anywhere that you have access to a computer with an internet connection.
One of the main benefits afforded by having a CMS is that you can change your content whenever your require, you do not need to wait until your web developer can slot your changes in!
Which Content Management System?
There are many Content Management Systems available, but my preference is to use 'Silverstripe'.
Silverstripe is an open source (free to use) program that has been built by a New Zealand company. Unlike many other open source CMS's (eg Drupal, WordPress etc) Silverstripe is supported by its parent company as well as a global online community (most other open source CMS's are only supported by their communities). It has an easy to use, intuitive interface making it easy for the end user to learn how to use. For more information on Silverstripe you can visit their website.
WordPress is another great CMS. It is currently the number one CMS on the planet. Although I think Silverstripe is a fundamentally easier to use and better CMS, there are a lot of advantages to using WordPress. With the massive popularity of WordPress there are numerous freely (or low cost) available themes, plugins and extensions.
WordPress can be extended to create an online store (although for websites whose primary function is to sell products I would recommend Magento or another specialist shopping cart), forums, multi-language sites and it can be used to control mutliple websites.
With WordPress there is also a huge community behind the CMS and well documented articles and how to's for anyone new to the system, making it a good choice for many people.