What is a CMS Website

Technological terms can be found throughout the internet that easily confuse people. We have found that this is the case for the term ‘CMS Websites’.

Just like in our last blog about ‘Responsive Websites’, we thought it would be helpful to point out exactly what a CMS Website is, and what you can expect if you use one.


What is a CMS website?

A Content Management System (CMS – as it’s more commonly known) is an application designed to allow users to create, update and maintain content aspects of a website.

A CMS enables users with little/no HTML knowledge to make additions to a website by adding fresh content, creating new pages and adding new posts.

With a good knowledge of HTML and PHP, you are able to make adaptations to the design of the site and themes, without having to go through expensive developers. These changes are instant and can be changed multiple times.

The Dashboards of the various CMS websites show the simplicity of navigation on both desktop and mobile.


What are the advantages of a CMS?

Most CMS Websites use a browser based Graphical User Interface (GUI), allowing users to make content changes through their internet browser instead of having to upload files to their server. The GUI uses familiar icons and simple navigation to make the process as simple as possible.  There are a number of reasons why a CMS is more practical than a normal website, and below, we look at some of the main advantages.

Users with little or no technical knowledge can add to the website. This includes content, new pages / posts and minor changes to website settings.

A CMS allows users to add content and media into pre-existing page templates.

Content Management Systems allow change the site’s navigation bars when new pages are added or deleted.

Multiple users can be assigned various privileges to the website, and users can make changes from anywhere in the world providing they have the permission to do so.

Search Engines seem to have a soft spot for content management systems, and using correctly optimised page titles, keywords, URL’s and metadata can allow sites to rank highly.

Many plugins and add-ons can be added/coded into a CMS to allow website owners to add new functions to their website. These include e-commerce, maps and sliding galleries etc.


Examples of Popular Content Management Systems

With hundreds of CMS platforms available, it can be confusing to know where to start. Listed below, are five of the most well-known and generally speaking, most effective and efficient content management systems:

  • WordPress
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • ModX
  • Concrete5

WordPress is by far the most popular CMS in existence and is used on over 60 million websites.


How can Ad Astra help your business?

The Team at Ad Astra are passionate about designing and adapting fantastic looking CMS websites for our clients. We are able to create a CMS website for your company, which will allow your business to have a professional website, without the expensive developer fees.

Furthermore, utilising CMS websites enables us to stay current with the frequent technological advances, allowing us to keep your website content up to date and modernised at all times, never standing still or never looking old fashioned.

If it has been more than 2 years since you refreshed your website, it’s time to start thinking about an overhaul. CMS Websites (Content Management Systems) are much more robust than they were several years ago, and provide many new features for you and your users.


Article by Alexander Smith

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