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I want to have a website. Do I need a Content Management System?

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Gone are the days when developing a website was possible only with the use of Flat HTML files. It is the time to dive into the sea of innovations and latest technologies. With the help innovative technologies, you can develop beautiful websites in lesser time, manage websites easily, change the website look and feel without much investment, and create & edit content quickly. CMS (Content Management System) is one such technology that has redefined the way websites, blogs, and forums used to be developed.

How a CMS works?

It is true that developing a CMS takes time, but creating websites using a fully-featured CMS that does not consume much time. For example, WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal are Content Management Systems. Developing these systems has consumed a lot of time and efforts, but when it comes to developing a website using any of these systems, time and money both are saved. The reason is “templates,” that are installed and customized in these systems to develop a fully-featured website.

Should I use a Content Management System for my website?

Using a CMS to have your own website is always the best option, but with some conditions and your requirements. Depending upon the type of website you need, it will be easier for you to decide if you need a Content Management System or not. Let us have a quick look at some of the reasons to determine if your website needs a CMS.

You need a CMS if,

  • You want to have your own blog.
  • You will upload new content or edit the existing content pages almost every day, bi-weekly, or weekly.
  • You want a team of writers / editors to write content and upload the same for your approval.
  • You want to easily add new functionalities to your website without doing much investment.
  • You want to frequently change the design of your website without heavy investment.
  • You want to make your website ready for different devices without having a separate mobile website developed.
  • You want to localize your website with the addition of language selection option.
  • You want to offer a search option to your website visitors.

You do not need CMS if,

  • You want to have a website of just a few pages.
  • You do not want to update your website on short intervals.
  • You want a small website just to showcase your company’s portfolio, which will be hardly updated in two to three months.
  • You want a single page website on which you will not update content.
  • You think your website needs a highly customized design and functionality.

So, these are some of the top pointers that can help you decide if you need a CMS or not. However, if you think that your requirements are a mix of Flat HTML and CMS, you can even go for a hybrid solution. The Hybrid solution lets you develop a website using Flat HTML and CMS.

Having a hybrid solution is beneficial with regards to search engine. If you want your website to appear in the Google search, MSN Search, and other search engines, then you will have to regularly update it. One of the best methods to keep your website updated is adding a blog to it. This is where Hybrid Solution of Web Development works like a gem. You can have a few pages of your website developed using HTML, CSS, and XHTML. And, for the blog, you can use a Content Management System (CMS). Once both the HTML website and Blog are ready, integrate Blog in the HTML file. A CMS provides easy options to add and manage blog posts without playing with the HTML code. Moreover, you can share the access of your blog to your writer so that he/she can directly add/manage the content.

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