Now you’re a business owner and looking to start a website for your business. During any research, you probably have come across the term CMS. You’re probably asking yourself, “what is a CMS, and why should my small business use one?
CMS or Content Management System is a piece of software that allows the user to build from scratch and even manage a website without having to write code.
With CMS software, you can build and customize a website that can match your business’ brand and voice. For most CMS software, the user picks a theme layout of a website from a selection of themes available. Some are free, and some require payment. These themes are website templates made with filler example content located inside. The user just has to exchange that content with the content they wanted to upload and add any other aesthetics to the website that matches their brand.
CMS software is pretty popular with over 75 million websites currently using it as of this writing.
Most hosting websites where you would host your website online give you options of different CMS software to choose from. You might have heard some of the bigger systems like WordPress, Wix, or even Shopify, but there are WAY more Content Management Systems out there for people to use. There are a lot of similarities between the different CMS software, but will also have features that set them apart.
Because CMS software runs on web browsers while on the internet, you can use programs like WordPress and Wix on your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. All you have to do is log in to your CMS website on your device and edit any of your pages from the backend dashboard. This is a whole lot easier and simpler than having to make edits to your website on one device only and then having to send those files to your server to update your online website.
A lot of CMS platforms have built-in features while also giving you the ability to add new features to your website. Features you could add are ones like a contact form, a website optimizer to speed up your site, and popup messages. The best part is that most of them are free and with new features being added every year!
Now you are probably asking yourself, “if I could just use CMS software to build my website, why do I need to hire a web designer?” I’ll be covering this question more in-depth in another blog post as there are advantages to hiring a web designer to build/manage your website.
Hopefully, this blog post was able to answer some of your questions about CMS and why it is important. Make sure you join our monthly newsletter to get the latest tips and tricks to help you master your online business website, and check back weekly for new blogs.