Manage your website strategically with the right content management system that meets your businesses goals.
A Content Management System (CMS) is typically an opensource software of sorts that runs applications, allows the input and editing of data and added functionality. Sometimes though companies want to develop their own CMS, and that could be fine depending on many variables, but mostly their budgets! Developers put a lot of time into widgets, plugins, API integrations and the overall look and feel of a CMS. Most CMS’s even out of the box need some additional love to get them where they are working for a business and their ultimate goals. Content Management Systems also typically offer a front end and back end. The front end is what your end users will see, while the front end is typical the gateway to make edits to the pages, posts, products or whatever else makes the front end look so pretty.
So, what type of content management systems are out there? We’ll just touch on a few…
WordPress – Did you know more than seventy-five million websites are built using WordPress? Seventy-five million! That’s almost a quarter of the amount of people who live in the United States. That’s a lot of WordPress websites! WordPress is a complete out of the box, free CMS system that at one time was only used as a blog making website. So much has changed since the beginning of the development of this CMS. Lots of people don’t like the sound of WordPress because of the “bloat” that WordPress has, but most of that bloat is due to the front end, back end, and the full customization that this particular CMS offers its users.
Drupal – A robust CMS that has excellent roots in product data. Drupal is another free, open source software that offers (similar to WordPress) the opportunity to have a front end and back end user interface. It’s been said that Drupal may be a better idea when creating a product driven website, that could be because of the way that the core development has been created, or it could be because it may be more secure. There may be many reasons why Drupal may be a better choice in website development.
Shopify – This particular CMS is popular with those who want to get in, create a website quickly and manage their online store. Shopify isn’t free, and there are additional fees that go along with this particular CMS, but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its own advantages. Like the other CMS’s mentioned (or even not mentioned) it does have developers that are continually adding new integrations and functionality improvements. Shopfiy can be customized to meet a business’s design needs, but you’ll more than likely have to purchase, or hire a development company to get it to look and function how you need it!
Custom – A custom CMS is notably the most fun to develop. It can be specifically made to be as robust as needed based on a client’s needs. The possibilities are literally endless, but with these possibilities it will be the least cost-effective option for a business who has a limited budget. Custom CMS’s can start out with a framework such as Laravel, but then it’ll need to be customized to meet specific goals of the client and who may be updating and viewing whatever information is needed.
There are plenty of other CMS’s that we hadn’t mentioned, we just mentioned the ones that seem to be the most popular, but you also have Joomla, Weebly, Magneto, PrestaShop, and so on.
A CMS will not only help you track and manage your product sales, but it’s also a place to manage your website. This includes anything that is on your website. From the content to the documents, images, and theme which includes the overall look and feel.
At Face Media Company, we design and integrate whatever CMS you’re after so that updates can be made according to your needs, integration, and overall future goals. We can either implement a new custom CMS or take over one you already have. Whether it is working for you already or not, our goal is to help you have the best and most functional CMS specially for you and your business needs.
There are many parts to content management systems. Some of them include:
- Widget/Plugin development
- Quality assurance testing
- Security and PCI compliance
- Creating and implementing diagrams and flow
- Vigorously testing of the final product
- And much more!
We can also offer you training and upkeep!
A CMS is can very versatile. This means it can be both installed, integration, and hosted on our servers or yours depending on your business’s specific needs.
If you have specific questions about Face Media Co. working with your company, we will be happy to answer them. We’ll provide you with a customized quote for any content management system that your business feels may be best, or we can help determine what that need is and follow-up with a quote based on our findings.