Content Management Systems offer website owners a convenient and easy way of publishing, editing and modifying content on their site. A CMS provides managers of websites access to the ‘back-end’: the behind the scenes of the website you see in a web browser. Originally Content Management Systems came into prominence as a tool for blogging used by inexperienced internet users who wanted to run and manage their own websites.
The core function of a Content Management System is to store, categorise, embed and present information on a website. This content can be in the form of text, embedded graphics, photos, video, audio and code. Each CMS has its own set of functions and features that are upgraded between releases to respond to user needs and feedback.
Not all Content Management Systems are created equal and some may be more hassle than they are worth. iFactory uses leading CMS programs to ensure that our clients can easily and efficiently address the issue of content publishing and editing on their website designs. Our choice of CMS includes:
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The aim of a CMS is to enable website owners to manage their own online content simply, with an easy to navigate system, that allows users to update their website at anytime from anywhere in the world. The system gives you control of your business online. By having an up-to-date website, you can ensure that search engines will continue to assess your site as relevant and current which, in turn, boosts your search engine rankings.
When using your CMS it is possible to implement the following website advancements:
- Add new menu items, move them or un-publish them
- Create new content pages, edit them or un-publish them
- Link menu items to content pages
- Update the website’s Latest News and re-order them
- Modify contact details
- Upload images to a photo gallery
- Change advertising banners
- Add new products to an ecommerce store and change existing or new prices
- Add RSS news feeds to their website
- View subscribers to their eNewsletter
- Update page descriptions & meta tags
iFactory uses the latest and most appropriate CMS available to offer clients the ultimate flexibility in function and design. Additionally, the best CMS offers greater control for the user by giving them access to vast directories of additional components to extend any site’s functionality from basic article displaying to almost anything you could imagine.
Drupal is an open source content management platform which has been built and is powered and supported by enthusiastic and skilled individuals who form a positive CMS community of people from around the world.
It can be used to create any website from a personal blog to a sprawling enterprise application. Currently Drupal has over 22 thousand modules, over 27,000 developers and nearly 1 million people using it from across the globe. If these impressive features aren’t enough to convince you of its worth then perhaps the names which engage its CMS services will; The Examiner, The Economist and The White House.
Joomla is a multi-award winning content management system which enables its users to build powerful online applications.
One of the key advantages of using Joomla is its extensive database of users who actively submit, create and publish extensibility tools and software to optimise and enhance online projects from a corporate website to an online magazine, community-based portal to an eCommerce and online reservations site and even business applications.
The proof of Joomla is in its impressive pudding with the likes of MTV, Harvard University, eBay, Ikea and McDonalds all choosing to use this CMS. With over 35 million downloads and counting as well as offering nearly 7, 000 extensions, Joomla will meet the needs of any digital project.
Wordpress is the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world. It is built on the premise that a CMS system should be easy to use yet highly functional. Every part of the system was created and built by a community of like-minded programming enthusiasts who want to share and enhance the usability of personal websites.
Currently there are over 67 million Wordpress sites in the world that enjoy more than 4 billion views each month and over 62 million comments.
Thousands of plug-ins, widgets, themes, updates and features are available to make it one of the most customisable CMS platforms available.
Squarespace’s mission is to provide creative tools that power the future of the web.
It is a sophisticated blog service that allows users much more customisation than other forms of CMS without its users needing to know programming language or engaging third-party templates.
Its biggest drawcard is the troubleshooting service which goes along with it resulting in more time for users to run their business rather than deal with nagging digital issues.
Squarespace showed such innovation in its early inception back in 2004 that it generated $38.5 million for its first round of investment. Today it has 136 highly-skilled employees working hard to make the most of their CMS, hosting, traffic analysis and tech support services.
Strikingly is a web development platform that creates simple and compact web design projects that are mobile-optimised in minutes. Their CMS is sleek and well-organised with a time-saving layout to enable quick and efficient updating of information by its users.
It is an affordable option for users who do not have a budget for a highly-customisable design concept but would still like a strong, online presence with an easy to use content management system. Strikingly is intuitive and empowering maximising SEO techniques, social engagement and EDM features to increase traffic and personal branding.
Sitecore is a content management system that delivers an enhanced website experience thanks to its flexibility, power and ease of use. It uses a Windows-like interface to enhance usability for clients looking for simplified content editing options.
Sitecore enables its users to create powerful web design without coding knowledge and minimal HTML experience. There are complete design customisations available as well as multilingual features, digital asset cataloguing and multi-site functionalities.
Sitecore CMS is a leading choice for companies evidenced by the 32,000 websites currently using it to power their websites.