If you’re relatively new to web terminology or are a little unsure what a content management system can do for you, we can help. A content management system (CMS) is software that is installed on your website to create an easy way of managing your site. You simply login to your system, where you can add or edit anything on your site and save the changes when and where you want. Need to know more?
What is your website costing you?
Acacia Street Web Design are qualified content management system specialists. We can help save you time, money or possibly your sanity.
Do you need to update your website quickly and frequently?
Are you paying someone to upload your updates?
Are you thinking that you could make the changes if you just learnt how?
You can do all this with a CMS. It’s easy to achieve, so you can put your time and money to better use for you.
Installing a CMS
Installing a CMS can sometimes be tricky, especially if you’ve never done it before. You might need to know how to create a secure database or change settings for SEO or security. Acacia Street can help you because we are experts in CMS’s. You can have your CMS ready to go quickly so you can start building your website immediately. If you’re looking or some assistance in installing a CMS for yourself, you can quickly send us an email and we can help guide you through the install process.
Types of CMS
Content management systems use a programming language or “platform” that they are built with. These can include PHP, ASP.NET, Python, Ruby on Rails etc. The software to run these platforms needs to be installed on your hosting service otherwise your website won’t work. For example, if your web host doesn’t have PHP installed, you won’t be able to run a WordPress website with that host unless they can install PHP for you. Our web hosting packages come pre-installed with PHP for CMS’s such as WordPress, Drupal or Joomla to name a few.
Themes and designs
Most CMS’s use themes. A theme is a visual design for the website. The great thing about using themes is that you can change the design of your website easily by simply changing the theme you’re using. Your existing content (pages, blog posts etc) should be able to fit into the new design nicely. Themes usually come in two different categories; free and premium. A free theme is usually fairly basic, no extra functions or other fancy features. A premium theme is a theme that you usually have to buy. Most premium themes have been made by web designers and developers and usually include extra functions that work with the theme. The downside of using these theme only functions is that when you change a theme, you may lose a function with it.
Modules and plugins for CMS
Modules and plugins are functions that are separate to your theme. They provide usability in things like galleries, newsletter sign ups, or functions that can integrate with your social media accounts as a few examples. Again, plugins can come in two categories, free and premium. Free plugins can usually provide the function that you need, or can be adjusted to suit your needs. Premium plugins might have a few more customised options and usually come with better support for when things go wrong. With some content management systems, it’s very simple to add a plugin to your website. Hence the name “Plugin”, just plug it in an go. To use plugins, you simply find the plugin you’re after and install or upload it to your website. Next, you enable the plugin to run on your site, adjust any settings that need to be changed and you’re done.
There are hundreds of different types of content management systems available, just look at the list of them on wikipedia. WordPress is the most widely used, accounting for over 50% of CMS’s followed by Joomla then Drupal(1). Other brands are made as eCommerce based content management systems, which we have written more in our eCommerce section.
What we offer you
Acacia Street have the qualifications and experience to help you with all your CMS needs. Write to us if you need help with any of the following:
- CMS Installation
- WordPress Theme Design
- Customised Functions