A CMS, or Content Management System, is software that simplifies the publication of content (web pages, images, news articles and blog posts) on websites. Think of using a word processor/editor that resembles a simplified Microsoft Word to type up your webpages and save them to your website.
Here’s a picture of the editor as I wrote this blog post:
Pretty simple to use, huh?
A CMS is the opposite of what we call “static” websites, wherein the content is “coded” into the webpages themselves. Static websites require you to use a web developer to edit the code of the webpage(s) every time you want to change a picture or the wording of an article. Since the philosophy of Fifth Cup is to empower our clients to be able to maintain their websites themselves, we prefer to always create our websites using a CMS.
Of course there’s more to a website then just the words and images on the pages. The design needs to be created and applied to the CMS. There are menu links, logos, “contact us” forms, etc and these require web designers and web developers to build and implement them for you. Once your website goes “live”, most updates and changes you may want include adding pictures or adding/changing the wording of the web pages, or even the need to add more web pages as your website grows. For this, the self-service capability of a CMS is a clear winner for our clients.