CMS or Content Management Sites

A Content Management Site or System or Dynamic Website is a database driven application where the owners are given a password to enter a backend or private area that in not viewable by the public where they can add content in much the same way as creating a document in Microsoft Word or other word processing software.

A typical example of a Content Management Site is the BBC’s website, where many different people have access to their own personal area in which they can add articles and images simply by uploading them from a computer.

Advantages of a Content Management Site:

  1. New pages can be added easily by anyone with a very small amount of training, simply by copying and pasting text into a box and clicking a button.
  2. New templates can be added that change the look of the entire site instantly.
  3. Once your site is set up by a professional web designer there is little need for them to do any more work - all new content is added by the owner of the site.
  4. A Content Management page is mostly stored on a database that often loads quicker than a Static Page.
  5. Content Management Sites can be updated from anywhere in the world.

Disadvantages of a Content Management Site:

  1. The initial setup is more expensive than with a simple static site.

A Content Management Site is ideal for:

  • A website whose content needs updating regularly.
  • Site owners who want to do everything themselves, without needing to call their web designer to make changes.
  • For site owners who don’t want to get involved with writing HTML to create new pages.
  • Any large site that requires 100s of pages.
  • Storing documents to share with other staff members or the public
  • Sites that need to interact with visitors