Content management systems (CMS) are the latest wave to hit the Internet. Setting up a CMS to manage your website is a no brainer. It eliminates most of the problems that have plagued older systems from the beginning and makes site management much easier for all involved. Here are some tips on where to start:
Start with an existing framework. While it’s possible to code a CMS from the ground up, experts note that there’s no need to when you start out with a system like Joomla. Existing systems also have all the documentation you need to get everything going on their respective platforms.
Another benefit of downloading Joomla or another professional-grade CMS is that you’ll be able to see what makes it tick. This is an essential step for learning how to code your own systems.
Set everything up in a stable environment. A private virtual server is a great solution for this. It’ll give you much more flexibility than standard shared hosting without the high cost of a fully-dedicated server. Use a well-established, private virtual server provider to ensure stability and uptime.
Once you’ve chosen a base system for your CMS, find add-ons to provide the exact functionality and appearance you need. If you can’t find the right ones, it’s time to get under the hood. Check out how add-ons work and how they hook into the base program. Then, code your own custom additions.
Switching a site from static HTML to a CMS is recommended by all industry experts. Here are some of the major ones, according to the experts:
These are just some of the reasons you should consider setting up a CMS. The ease with which you’ll be able to manage your site once you do so will have you wondering why you waited so long. You’ll love the extensibility and functionality of your new site, so don’t wait. Get started today and soon you’ll have the website you’ve always wished you did.
Name: Ivana S. Taylor
About: Ivana Taylor is the publisher of DIYMarketers.com – an online marketing publication that provides marketing strategies that help entrepreneurs and business owners get and keep profitable customers. She is the DIY Marketing expert and book editor for Small Business Trends and a contributing author to AMEX Open Forum. Her strategic consulting firm, Third Force specializes in helping companies find their best customers and be the one they choose – regardless of price. Ivana is the co-author of Excel for Marketing Managers. You can find her on Twitter as @DIYMarketers.