Content Management Systems - The Benefits You Can't Ignore

Published May 30th, 2012 by Farin Innovations

When we sit down with a client, one of the most common questions we hear involves the cost of maintaining sites.

They’re always quite pleased when we let them know there are never any maintenance fees. Wondering why we’re being so nice?

We’re not actually working for free over here. Instead, we provide all of our clients with a content management system, or CMS, to let them manage their own sites. Sure, this saves them some time and money, but the reality is that it saves everyone a lot of hassle too.

When you have someone else updating and maintaining your site, you spend hours on the phone trying to tell them what you want, then you have to check everything over to make certain that it’s done properly. A good content management system, though, takes care of that for you.

Many content management systems are built on WYSIWYG technology. That stands for “What You See is What You Get.” The idea is that you can go in, put things where you want them, and they stay that way even on the front end. Here’s a quick screenshot to illustrate what we mean.

Wysiwyg Editor

See, it’s really not a pain to update your site – no coding experience required.

Content management systems offer other great benefits too. For example, you can get modules that allow you to make significant changes as you want to. You could add testimonials (or delete them) with just the press of a button. You can even add a photo gallery just like you might with your Facebook page. Need to throw in some FAQs? That, too, just calls for a click here and a click there.

A content management system should be super simple to use, ensuring your site looks exactly as you want it to. You don’t even need a web designer once you have the right CMS. That means a fresh, hot look whenever you need updates, without a lot of time and hassle.

If you think you want to add a content management system, don’t grab the first one you see. Lots of companies are out there offering cookie-cutter solutions because it’s easy, but the reality is that isn’t going to work for you.

You may have even heard about a few of these systems  - WordPress and Joomla? Yeah, both of those are solutions for some companies, and they’re often cheap at the outset, but in the long run, you’re not only going to find that you don’t always have the functionality that you’re looking for, but you probably have some security issues too.

Better companies, like us, offer custom content management solutions. Here you get code built for your company from the ground up, and it’s fully scalable. As you continue to grow, so does your content management system. That means it’s simple to add in new technology later, keeping you at the front of the pack without the necessary downtime for a complete site rebuild.

Farin Innovations builds customer content management systems to make sure you’re as self-reliant as possible. That can not only mean thousands in savings, but it also ensures your site is as fresh as possible. Contact us today to learn more about how we can design a content management system to meet your needs.