Don’t let the word budget turn you off. Not all things priced low are inferior. Despite common-place disappointments in many “budget” services today, you can still get quality deliveries for costs lower than what you may be accustomed to.
In terms of business technology solutions, Content Management System (CMS) is the budget-friendly alternative to traditional expensive web design and development services. Traditional services often require developers to build websites from scratch. When pre-made components are available, they may have to be purchased which could consequently inflate development fees.
Furthermore, once the website is deployed, a professional developer or a technically skilled webmaster would have to be hired in order to do updates or content editing.
CMS’s take away most of the development time and costs because components come already pre-made and the systems themselves and many essential extensions are available for free. Developers’ work is, therefore, confined to designing, assembling the components and building custom add-ons for specialized needs.
Most CMS’s also come with a highly intuitive WYSIWIG editor, where very little technical skills are required. Editing and managing contents can be as easy as word processing.
Advantages of a CMS
To further understand all the benefits you can get from CMS’s here is a break-down of their key characteristics:
Open Source. Although proprietary CMS’s are available, many developers recommend open-source systems. Being open-source means that the source codes are open to all developers and that they are free to modify them according to their needs. This makes customizing sites and their components much less burdensome. Some developers even publish their own edits on the source codes for others to use in their projects.
Community-driven. Most commercial CMS’s are supported and co-developed by members of their communities. This makes their products closer and more responsive to the needs of users and their respective clients. These communities also regularly create and publish extensions and add-ons, such as themes, templates, modules and applications, through official and third party-sites. Many can be downloaded for free.
Highly Extensible. CMS-based websites start out like a blank canvass that can be given almost any kind of identity and functionality. They can accommodate different types of extensions to produce anything from a corporate intranet, a news portal, a government services site to a university website. Examples of note include sports and entertainment site like word wresling entertainment, Algerian news site TSA-Algerie.com (Tour sur l’Algérie) and British search directory Web-directories.co.uk.
There are more than 16,000 extensions and add-ons available to-date, with more being developed each day. If what you need for your website cannot be sourced, your professional developer can create it for you.
Easily Transferable. Website development can be easily transferred from one developer to another. If you have a found more acceptable service provider, you can transfer your site to them without much technical hitches.
User-friendly. Administration for site owners like you comes easy because most CMS’s are equipped with a WYSIWIG editor. Often, only word processing skills are required.
Built-in Features. Many websites are given the following built-in features:
- SEO-friendly URL’s and/or ready support for SEO-enabling extensions;
- Support for multiple languages;
- They are also bundled with multiple levels of site administration
- End-user help guides.
With CMS web design services, you don’t get what you pay for-you get even more! For just a minimal cost, you get a robust, feature-rich website that can put you at par with the best in terms of online services. You can have the site of your dreams deployed in no time, whether it be an internal corporate portal, an online store or community forums. Start your CMS website today!