Content Management Systems

Content management systems (CMS) allow you to manage the content on your web site, enabling someone in your organization with little or no experience in website development to make changes and perform updates. There are many different content management systems, including custom-built/proprietary, commercial and open source (free). Custom-built/proprietary content management systems have all but been replaced in recent years by commercial and open source options which are more robust, feature rich and less expensive.

Be careful that your web developer isn’t proposing a proprietary system because you will be locked into using that developer by accepting their system. If you decide to stop using the developer, you will no longer be able to use their system and you will likely lose all of the investment you’ve made in your website.

A commercial CMS may be a good option for your company, though it’s becoming more and more difficult to recommend them given how robust the free open source options have become.

Virtually all of our client sites are built on one of the two most popular, stable, open source and feature rich content management systems – Joomla or WordPress. Joomla is an accepted standard in the industry and is used by thousands of companies around the world, small and large, including MTV, IHOP and CitiBank. Joomla offers incredible value out of the box and because there is a large and diverse developer community, there are add-ons to Joomla for virtually any feature you might want, such as blogging, community forums, registration systems, photo galleries and many others. Joomla is best used by large sites with many pages and categories or levels of navigation.

WordPress was originally a blogging tool but over the years has developed into a full blown CMS. WordPress is best for sites that are heavily blog-oriented with most of the site content in the form of blog articles.

Both Joomla and WordPress are open source which means they are free to use and the source code is made available so we can make changes or add features and functions as needed. They are also “skinnable” which means you can purchase inexpensive generic templates as the basis of your site’s design or you can have us create a custom design for the site and integrate that into Joomla or WordPress.

We highly recommend both of these content management systems and the choice of which one to use has to do with the nature of your website and your preferences. Give us a call at 805-962-8565 if you’d like to discuss how we could implement one of these CMS programs into your website.