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Content Management Systems

Content Management Systems (CMS)

Simply put, a Content Management System (CMS) is a set of user-friendly tools for administering a website with limited technical knowledge. CMSs have been adopted by many small business website operators because their features offer several key benefits over traditional builds.

Component Architecture

CMSs are typically composed of several discrete components. This offers the following benefits:

  • Faster deployment - the components are pre-built
  • Flexibility - many components are available for the same purpose and the interface can be changed without rebuilding the website entirely
  • Scalability - new features can typically be added as new components without having to rebuild the website or take it down for an extended period

Open Source (Free)

The majority of CMS systems have are fully or at least partially free software. This puts the cost of professional grade websites within the reach of many small business operators and; makes it easier to find technical assistance for deploying this system.

Point-and-click Management Tools

Making it possible for non-technical users to manage a website significantly reduces both the cost of entry and maintenance. There is no need to:

  • Fund internal staff or outsourcing
  • Wait on feedback from professional webmasters

for regular website updates. Operators of CMS-based websites typically maintain updated content at a far lower cost than traditional custom builds.