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question-mark-over-headIf you've read anything at all about Content Management Systems (CMS), you'll probably know at least three things:-

  1. CMSs are the most exciting way to do business
  2. CMSs can be really, I mean really, complicated and
  3. portals are absolutely, outrageously, often unaffordably expensive.

Focus Website Design can change all that with Joomla. Joomla is different from the normal models for portal software. For a start, it is not complicated. It easy to administer and reliable. It does not even require the user or administrator of the system to know web coding to operate it once it is up and running.

What is a Content Management System?

A CMS is a web-based interface, linked to a database, which allows users to update a website (adjusting existing content, or adding new pages) without having to know any coding.

At its simplest, that might mean correcting a spelling mistake or updating a phone number on an existing page.

However, a more useful example is something that's much more complex and entirely normal: posting a new press release or adding a new page. The user logs in, adds the heading to a specific field, enters the body text, and finishes by selecting some categories to describe the article. The CMS will automatically put the title, date and first paragraph on the homepage and/or create a new page for the article, and also add the story to an archive by date and category.

More complex systems have extra features such as review and approval processes, or timed publishing (and removal).

What are the benefits?

bridge-to-customersMany people using existing CMSs just assume that this is how all sites are updated. But without one, the above example would involve manually changing several existing pages (the homepage and archives), and creating a new page from scratch for the article itself. Then if you wanted any other page to link to the story, you’d have to change all that manually as well.

A CMS drastically speeds up these cumbersome steps, and decentralises the site updating process, freeing up the technical people (assuming you have any) to do other work. And it means the people who know the content are the ones who can update the website.

Are the expensive ones better?

Not necessarily. The sales staff of the large enterprise content management vendors might be slicker, and their list of features longer, but to our minds the 80/20 rule applies to CMS very strongly: most people will only use the the most basic features most of the time.

A CMS with all the bells and whistles might appeal to the IT department looking for a single solution to keep the marketing department off their backs, but if it confuses people and never works well, it’s not worth the money.

A simple system might well be all you need, even for a relatively complex site. Focus Website Design produces professional looking Content Management Systems for businesses at the right price.