What is Content Management System?
Content Management System is also known as CMS, in short, is a software application that allows you to create and modify digital content through a standard User Interface. Selecting a suitable content management system in UAE is not easy, especially when business requirements are not defined. There are several CMS available in the market today, and each has their unique attributes, which need to be considered before selection.
Necessary features of a Content Management System
Here are some features that should be considered before making a selection of Content Management Systems:
When we talk about CMS, we have in our mind the independence to create, delete, and edit web pages to our will. We are under the impression that all the CMS available today allow the webmasters to do this, which is not the case. This is why before selecting a CMS you should consider the core functionality as well for a successful run. For instance, not every blogging platform allows a webmaster to organize pages in a ‘tree hierarchy’ instead of this, you will find individual pages being organized under criteria/heads such as date and category. This may be perfect for some requirements but to some, it will be a waste of time and money.
Usability of CMS
Before selecting a CMS, you need to consider the functionality that needs to be present so that you as a webmaster can enjoy uninterrupted internet marketing operation. Business needs and requirements vary with time because commercial market is a dynamic place. Therefore your CMS should be equipped with functionalities that can provide such features. Usability is a critical factor when it comes to CMS because you need to be sure how easy it is to work on. Today we have Demo version of CMSes available on the internet that can be deployed temporarily to see whether the user-interface is simple and smooth for a webmaster to grasp.
The editing part
The ‘Editor’ part of CMS is a very integral function it being very similar to that of MS Word or any editor in general because it allows you to perform basic formatting. Most of the CMS today have WYSIWYG editor (What you see is what you get) that has an appearance similar to Wordpad or MS Word. Editor, without a doubt, is one of the most useful and commonly used aspects of CMS, but developers believe it gave too much right to the content provider. The editor allows you to perform basic functions of editing to the content but it also provides you the liberty to alter the design of the content, which can lead to unforeseen damages. Excessive controls and editions can result in a web page that seems out of proportion when compared to the website altogether. Some editors offer basic content publishing functions and do not allow the content provider to change the appearance of the web page. Great examples of such writers are JCE editor and FCK editor.
Managing additional aspects
Today a good website is a perfect combination of images and content, read our article about web design. If a CMS does not allow you to add attributes to the pictures or perform some essential functions within then it is not a good choice, especially when we are talking about managing a blog. For a website that requires you to upload images to high numbers, you should go for a CMS that offers built-in image editor as well for ordinary tasks of cropping, rotating and resizing. Moreover, a CMS should have the feature of uploading files in multiple formats so that you do not have to go through the burden of converting files from one format to other.
A website being a marketing tool powered by the internet is synonymous to search. A content management system should have search functionality for better user experience. You can visit SEO Company for better search visibility in search engines like google.
Customization for a personalized user experience in CMS
Having a website is like possessing a modern world-marketing tool, which can make or break a business in the longer run. Technology has gifted our the internet, but it was the man who created or explored technology, which is why the former cannot dictate us. The content presentation should be customized as per our business needs and personal preferences. A CMS should allow flexibility when it comes to content presentation in more than one ways to the web master’s benefit.
End-user interactions and plug-ins
A website can be of any type, even one that includes interaction with the end-users. Interactions with visitors can be done through mediums of forums, discussion, or even comments. A CMS should always have space for functionalities like these in the form of third party plugins. Interacting with your target visitors will help you in further improving the website and even generating business leads.
Make sure your CMS also includes multi-website support in case you plan to manage more than one website. Selecting and finalizing a CMS is only a small part of website development, as there are other aspects as well.
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