An Introduction to Website Production
What is a CMS?
A content management system (CMS) is a web-based platform used for gathering and organizing a website’s content. That content typically includes text, images, audio and/or video files, PDFs and other files for downloading, and more. Not only is a CMS useful to those who organize the website, it plays a critical role in the public-facing user experience.
How does a CMS work?
Most CMSs use HTML code to write a set of rules and logic that locks in a particular front end final design and user experience. The code within a CMS dictates how webpages will serve content once published. This tool is also used to maintain and update already-published content in realtime.
What role does a CMS play in your marketing strategy?
Well crafted CMS is the cornerstone to a clean and interesting user experience. Like any design, the CMS needs to be both adaptable to changing design trends over time as well as structured enough to support a brand’s integrity. Well-crafted code in a solid CMS platform ensures bugs and other technical issues are easy to fix.
What are the benefits of a CMS?
There are several benefits of working with a CMS—as opposed to having a website built with custom code, and no way of managing it directly. Perhaps the most important is that content management systems offer a convenient way for non-developers to publish and update content. By giving marketers the tools to edit a website themselves, they can save time, money, and the errors that come with having more people in the workflow.
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