What are Content Management Systems?

A content management system (CMS) is a software package that provides access and automation for tasks required to manage content effectively. This software attaches itself to the backend of a website’s coded index.

CMS applications usually interact with a server to provide its software to multiple users online. Users granted access have the ability to create, edit and organize content. While an intimate knowledge of coding is not generally needed for administrators to update websites, certain applications may require coding skills.

Third-party enterprises have created the most popular examples of this software. These include companies like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. “Software as a Service” (SaaS) providers, like SquareSpace and Wix, include perfunctory versions of content management systems, but fit mostly outside of this category. A business can also hire a development firm to build a custom CMS for its own needs.

Why does my website need a content management system?

Today’s businesses face many challenges when it comes to maintaining and organizing content. Company websites become outdated when employees are unfamiliar with the system. An administrator might even call an IT professional to simply change the date in a calendar. For many businesses, these problems are all too familiar and in some cases try to get by with the same website they first commissioned 15 years ago.

Luckily, many businesses have already taken advantage of content management systems, a software framework that enables company officers to make content changes without having any background in website development. The most popular of these is WordPress. Businesses can use WordPress’s many features to solve a number of problems in generating and maintaining content.

Organizations can prosper after switching to WordPress from their previous static HTML-based website or CMS. The software is intuitive and requires no programming knowledge to maintain. Its open-source structure allows for additional components to be easily added to websites. Companies can provide their employees with multiple levels of access, and websites can be scaled based on business activity.

We can even organize a full front-end redesign, duplicating your existing website’s appearance. And because of WordPress’s universal reach, you won’t need them to fix minor problems when it’s all finished.

A + L Development has been working with content management systems for more than a decade. We have the capability to build custom CMS applications with front and back-end solutions and can also migrate your existing website with thousands of content pages over to WordPress. We have extensive experience with WordPress but are also familiar with Joomla, Drupal, Shopify, Squarespace, SharePoint and our own proprietary CMS.

The A + L Development proprietary CMS enables easy content editing, while automatically managing behind the scenes functions. We can simply the cutter and customize the experience to your needs with handwritten code. A variety of add-on tools and templates are available.

Most content management systems include these features :

  • Automatic generation of navigation elements
  • Enabling searchable and indexable content
  • Tracking of users, their permissions and security settings

Change is good. In fact, refreshing website content is necessary to keep readers coming back for more. What shouldn’t change is the integrity of your design.