Why you need a Content Management System

By Mike Johnston July 6, 2016 (Updated: August 22, 2016) Articles and Editorials

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Any visitor to this site can see that there’s a huge array of content management systems on offer that all aim to help create a common user interface for dealing with the creation and maintenance of digital data.

But many people who are building websites will be unsure as to whether to jump into this complicated area. And so here’s a quick rundown of reasons why you may need a content management system, and which are some good options.

Controlling content

Ever since Bill Gates stated that ‘content is king’ in 1996, there’s been hundreds of websites being created each minute, and many ways that organisations have sought to try and control the huge amount of data being produced.

Although there are many informative sites that are relatively static and won’t require frequent updating, for most modern dynamic websites, there has grown the pressing need for the usage of a content management system (CMS).

A CMS is an invaluable tool in the upkeep of a website, and in a collaborative domain such systems are critical to avoid the disorganisation of data which can lead to delays, confusion and productive inefficiency.

CMS in operation

CMS systems work by featuring a common user interface that allows multiple users to add, remove and edit content on a website to a predetermined template. And such preset designs mean that a site can benefit from a harmonious aesthetic and allow the content producers to focus on the message, rather than having to deal with unwieldy HTML or CSS.

Such systems have a wide range of applications and can be very handy to use when creating a news blog that needs to be constantly updated with latest stories. The entertainment blog at Lucky Nugget Casino uses such a system to talk about their latest slot games offerings in a way that’s stylistically coherent across the whole of the site so that gamers can easily find the relevant information and even share such stories via social media.

The great thing about the CMS system found at the casino gaming site is that it allows for a much more dynamic approach to content creation. This is especially important at a gaming site where there is a constant supply of new gaming products to promote in a way that necessitates a flexible way for site builders to organise the content that is created.

CMS choices

As examples like the ones above have frequent updates, many content management systems will also feature a buffer so that posts can be scheduled without the webmaster being present. This is particularly handy in the social media age where timing can have a surprising effect on the efficacy of a post.

And with a range of software like the Wordpress CMS, as well as SharePoint and Joomla constantly offering an impressive range of features, it looks like we’ll all be gaining easier access to the latest news stories, shopping products and online games in the future.

Mike Johnston

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Mike started CMS Critic in 2008 and has become a recognizable face and valued expert in the world of content management. He has worked with many small business and enterprises to establish their online presence and to assist with marketing strategies. If you are interested in working with him, drop him a line.

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