Content Management System or Webmaster?

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When building a website for your company you’ll need to make a lot of decisions but one of the most important is deciding whether or not to go with a content management system (CMS) or through a webmaster when it comes to building it and running day to day operations.  A content management system is a web-based application that allows the publishing, editing, and modifying of a website’s content through a central interface.  A webmaster, in this case, is an outside person who is responsible for making any and all additions to your site and the execution of whatever you want done with it.  The choice can be a difficult one for those not fully acquainted with the options so keep reading to find out which is right for you.
Designing a Site
Putting together a great looking website is something webmasters can excel at – using their knowledge to build something aesthetically pleasing.  In the past a CMS system would only be used to manage content but now many can change the entire design on the fly.  Not only can these changes be done by non-coders but the variety of themes available adds dramatic configurability and near endless design options.
Putting Up Content
When it comes to putting up new content like blogs or news the CMS comes out on top.  No waiting for a webmaster to put up your material is necessary – with a few clicks you can publish everything instantly with all the added media you require.  Content management systems also allow easy scheduling, or backdating if you miss a regular blog, and taking down old content is a breeze.  They also allow multiple users to be able to add content which is a must if you have more than one person who wants to contribute.
Making an Edit
Making a quick edit is easy with a CMS.  If you detect a typo or other error it can be a long time before a webmaster might be able to get in there and fix it.  Because design and content are kept separate with a CMS you won’t have to worry about changes in interface affecting your content – that means design modifications will never break the site.  For a custom-built site from a webmaster there may be more internal connections that could result in issues of one affecting the other negatively.
For those without much experience the choice between a webmaster and a content management system may seem like a tough one, but armed with just a little knowledge it’s clear that the CMS comes out on top.  If you’re looking for a website design company that also offers a terrific CMS suite as part of their standard package you should contact ReferLinks FCM today.  We’ll be happy to help.

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