Do You Need a Content Management System (CMS) for Your Website?

A Content Management System (CMS) allows you (a website owner) to log into a control panel online from where you can edit the content of your website on your own. This eliminates the need to hire a web designer every time you want to make an update.

So the big question you need to consider is… Do you REALLY need a Content Management System for your website?

Review the pros and cons below so that you can make the best possible decision:

PROS

  • You can make changes to your website any time you want without having to pay someone. This can save you hundreds of dollars per year if you make a lot of updates to your website.
  • You can make changes to your website quickly and do not have to wait for your web designer to have time to make changes for you. This can be critical if your updates are time sensitive in nature.

CONS

  • Content Management Systems may cost significantly more upfront in order to save you money over time. In some cases, it may cost thousands of dollars extra depending on what type of CMS is used.
  • Some Content Management Systems require a small learning curve. If you don’t really know what you are doing or take the time to learn the ins and outs of your CMS, you could cause more harm than good to your website.
  • You will probably still have to pay a web designer to do more complex updates to keep your website looking up to standard.

In Summary:

If you know you will constantly be adding or changing information on your website, it definitely makes sense to get a CMS for your website.  With the emergence of open source programs like WordPress, CMS systems are not as expensive as they once were. As a rule, if your CMS adds over $1000 to the cost of your website, it is probably worth getting a second opinion from a designer who works with WordPress or some other open source CMS program.

If changes to your website only happen once or twice a year, it may be more cost effective to forego the CMS option and just have your web designer do your updates for you. Make sure you ask your web designer what they charge for updates before making that decision though.

 

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