Do I need a CMS Website?
There are many things to consider when you are thinking of having a website designed or redesigned and on this page we will try to address some of the main issues related to static HTML and content management systems (CMS).
1) Content is becoming increasingly important in maintaining search engine visibility. Knowing how visitors get to your website through statistical analysis and then adapting content to optimise search engine visibility is an ongoing task that needs to be monitored to achieve full effect. With content management systems changes to text can be made quickly.
2) Static HTML pages contain a mixture of content and code, so, therefore, require more knowledge and care when updating. For this reason, static pages are more expensive to maintain as they require ongoing IT involvement.
3) Often static pages are maintained by web design companies that require the new content delivered to them either via email or disk. Once the new content has been added modifications may be needed to further refine the content. This, of course, requires further interaction between the company and the web designers and can prove to be a time-consuming exercise.
4) As your static website grows it becomes harder to keep track of changes to pages and page navigation and errors can occur with missing links that deter site visitors. Content management systems construct the navigation only based upon pages that exist, therefore the navigation is maintained automatically.
5) To provide alternative content from a static HTML website often means duplicating pages e.g. print this page. With content management systems this can be achieved automatically as all content is held separate from the design.
6) Eventually, your website will require an updated look. Content management systems allow for quicker theme changes because the design is fed from a template system.
7) Static HTML Websites are faster than their CMS counterparts; as they don’t need to access a database or run programming code. So there is a benefit from the user’s site experience and also SEO.
8) Static HTML websites are generally safer than CMS websites as there is generally only one or two ways to gain access to the website. A CMS website will need to be constantly updated with the latest updates on the themes, plugins/extensions and CMS software. Any lax attitude to updates can lead to the CMS becoming hacked.
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