What is a Content Management System (CMS)?
- A Content Management System (CMS) is a system that allows for publishing, editing and modifying content from a central administration point. This allows you, the site owner, to maintain your own site, or delegate the work to someone else, without paying for the additional cost of an external source such as the original web designer.
What Content Management Systems are you familiar with?
What are the benefits of using a Content Management System?
- Simple & Fresh – You can quickly and easily add, update, or remove content. This ensures your site is always fresh and updated.
- Scalable – You can add pages or posts with a few clicks.
- Options – Many plugins are available that allow the expansion of capabilities of your chosen CMS.
- Cost Savings – You may update your site at any time without contracting with a web developer.
- Database Driven – Using a CMS provides you with the ability to create thousands of web pages without the need to update each when you make layout or navigation changes to your site.
- Template based layouts – You can change the layout and design of your site without having to re-code all of your site pages. If you’d like a custom template, you could always request that web developer to do this for you. Webb-Master.com has worked extensively with customizing themes.
What are the technologies you discuss/offer?
CSS – Cascading Style Sheets – From the W3C: This is a mechanism for adding style (fonts, colors, spacing) to web pages. For details on CSS, see the W3C site on CSS.
Flash – Flash is a multimedia platform used for animation, video and other interactivity to web pages. See below for more information.
HTML – HyperText Markup Language – this is the base language for publishing content on the web. For details on HTML, see the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) FAQ on HTML5.
PHP – PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor – An open source scripting language that can be embedded into HTML. For details on PHP, see the PHP FAQ.
Flash gets its own area on this page. I don’t use Flash. Why?
Flash is buggy, or simply incompatible with mobile devices. This means that the hundreds of millions of iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads do not run Flash, and Flash content may not display correct, if at all on other mobile devices such as Android, Blackberry and others.
Flash is bad for search engines; search engine bots can’t read Flash content. It doesn’t matter how flashy your site is, if no one can find it. Flash can even cause lower search engine rankings. This is because if a page has no content but Flash, yet contains other meta data such as keywords and a description, it is perceived as having no content and search engines will consider the site as being deceptive in attempting to gain traffic.
Flash is unfriendly to links, bookmarks and browser back button. If your entire site is based on a single Flash file and a visitor goes to a new content area, the back button may take them out of your site completely. A Flash content area that displays your restaurant’s menu cannot be bookmarked because all the visitor will bookmark is the home page. Due to this, the menu is also frequently not linkable.
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