So What Exactly is a CMS Website?

A CMS (Or Content Management System) driven website allows you to easily manage, edit, and add to your websites content through a control panel.

more on cms websitesA website with a CMS control panel affords you a much greater degree of control over your website, in that you can edit and amend existing pages, add new ones, add images, video, a blog, PDF’s, and other media files by yourself, any time that you like.

The advantage over a HTML website are that you have more flexibility and are able to update and change the content of your website without having to involve your web designer, which will undoubtedly involve paying them for their time and efforts.

There are however some considerations to be made.

First of all the most popular forms of CMS platform (Joomla, WordPress, etc) need to be secured carefully, since the control panel is accessible online from anywhere in the world.

While this is great in terms of your ability to access the site whenever you like, and wherever you are, it also means that other people can try to find the log in page and try to log into your website.

This might sound daunting and even maybe frightening, but it shouldn’t. If your website uses the right security protocols and software then it will be almost impossible for anyone to break into the site, and we install and configure a series of security products onto your website for you, free of charge.

The other main downside to a CMS driven website is that it requires a large number of other files and processes to run in the background even when someone does something simple like visit a page, or submit a contact form.

This is necessary due to the nature and structure of a CMS website, and the way it handles the data, it is all due really to the control panel and the flexibility that this affords you.

To explain consider a simple HTML website.

If you have 1 page on your HTML website then you have 1 HTML file. If you have 5 pages on the website, you have 5 HTML files (1 for each page). If you have 1000 pages on the site, then you have 1000 HTML files (again one for every page on the site).

If you want to make a change that will be reflected on every page on that HTML site, then you would need to amend every single page on the website – all 1000 of them.

Clearly for large websites and websites that are growing in size HTML is not an ideal option. It affords you the luxury of fast loading, since all that is transmitted from the server to the browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc) is the HTML file, and it is small in size.

In these cases the extra server load required by a CMS website is more than justified in the ability to go into the control panel, make 1 change, and have that change appear across the website, whether the website has 1 page or 100 million pages.

In the end it is all about managing your requirements.

If you have a website that needs it’s content regularly updating, or that is likely to grow in size over time, then a CMS based website is definitely the way to go.

If your website is unlikely to grow, or it is more of a placeholder to cement your place online then a HTML website would be more than enough for you.

Our HTML websites start from just £495 and our CMS websites are from only £999 (see here), so we are trying to make sure that whichever option you need, we can provide it to you at an affordable price.

We also give you lots of free extras like 12 months hosting, extra email accounts, user and technical support, free website backups, free website security, and even 1 months free SEO to help you get your site right under the noses of the people who want to buy from you.

If you aren’t sure if a CMS website is right for you, or if you should choose our HTML option, or if you have any other questions then please feel free to call us on our free phone number of 01535 635971, or email us for a free, no obligation chat about your requirements.

We are always happy to help you!