What is a Content Management System?

A CMS or content management system is a user interface that allows you to simply access the backend of your website. The front end is front facing, it is visible through the normal browser and appears the same to everyone. The backend is the ‘warehouse’ part of your website. It is the area that allows you to make simple changes to the site and upload additional information.

Why do I need a CMS when I’ve a got a website designer?

A CMS is a good idea because although your website designer will do many things for you there will be things that you would like to do yourself without having to wait for your designer. If your website has an online shop and requires product changes and updates on your online catalogue on a regular basis it is better to learn how to do this in house than rely on your web designer. This is because managing this aspect of the website often requires good product knowledge and can take more time than your designer can reasonably give. Another excellent reason to use a CMS is that your web designer can allow other people to have controlled access to your site for the purpose of creating more content such as blogs, new web copy and even newsletters. For a CMS to be really useful, you need new content to be uploaded on a regular basis.

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