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What is a Content Management System and do I need one?

Users can easily update text and change formatting using a toolbar.

CMS users can easily update text and change formatting using a toolbar.

Recently, we have talked a lot about content management systems or CMS. Since many of our current and new clients are transferring their sites to a CMS, we thought this would be a good time to describe what a content management system is exactly and just how easy it is to use.

A CMS is used to maintain and update a Website’s content, which includes graphics, copy, titles, photos, links, etc. Probably the easiest part of a CMS is changing and adding written copy to your site (especially if you have frequent updates). Editing copy on a CMS site is similar to using a word processing program, which means you don’t need to know any HTML coding. Once you are satisfied with the updates, you can push the updates live with just a click of a button. It’s really that easy!

Another great feature of the CMS is that you can update your site from any computer as long as you have an Internet connection – no more Dreamweaver or FrontPage! Think how nice it would be to update your site while traveling for work.

Sources: Next Step Design Solutions (2009) and Two Step Designs (2003)

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