Content Management Systems (CMS) – The Allure of Do-It-Yourself
Some in our industry recommend full Content Management System (CMS) websites for their clients. However it’s important to consider the benefits and disadvantages that come along with CMS. If you have an ecommerce website, then it is very important for you to be able to make changes to your products and pricing. Or if it is important for you to keep pictures or events up to date, then web applications can be integrated into your website to allow for that functionality. But if you have a reliable web design company at your fingertips, why not have them make other more extensive changes to your website?
When you don’t have the time – We gotcha!
Many clients who have engaged Webtivity Marketing & Design to develop a CMS website, eventually also engage us for a Website Support Plan because they quickly learn other responsibilities such as hiring, payroll, and sales take priority over the website. The website then falls off the radar and becomes stale, which is bad for your audience and search engine optimization reasons. Clients also learn when they try to make changes to the website, they often harm the design integrity of the website because they aren’t designers. Once you harm the design of your website, your business starts looking amateurish and you lose the ability to convert visitors into customers.
WordPress began as a Blogging platform that was released in 2003 and has evolved over the years and has been used by many as a Content Management System in recent years. WordPress powers over 35% of all websites on the internet!
The core WordPress installation is a stable and secure product. It is important to note that if you require more advanced functionality from your website you will require additional plug-ins to be installed to add that functionality. Plugins can introduce security vulnerabilities to your WordPress installation. If your project requires plugins for functionality, we generally recommend paid plugins over free ones.