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CMS | CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

Why Learn Difficult programming codes when (CMS) Content Management Systems are freely available?

 

There are many opinions on the subject, as Web Content Management Systems become more popular on the scene, but it is now easier to administer Web pages with little or no knowledge of HTM so the website owner can administer their own content rather than paying high fees to a developer and “live” changes can be made instantly with ease.

 

What is a Content Management System

 

Content Management Systems come in all shapes and sizes. Chances are, if you've put up a Web page on a free Web page server or ISP you've had already had access to a rudimentary content management system.

 

There are several content managements systems out on the market like Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal, but in most cases they can be generally quite complex for the website owner to easily master the "back-end". There are now other options available where you can maintain selected areas of your professionally designed website easily with “front-end” access management.
It is simple to login and make the changes “live” on your website.

 

They only require only a little (almost none) knowledge of HTML and you could have a website up and running quickly and painlessly using one of these programmes. Click on the links above and you can see our demo sites we have setup for those wishing to use Joomla or Wordpress. In both cases there are thousands of available templates online, a lot of them free, or Online NZ can build a custom one that won’t cost a lot. Joomla and Wordpress are our preferred CMS options as they are free programmes, excellent for SEO, have many “add-ons” available and are extremely well supported through community forums and used on millions of websites on the internet.

 

That being said, what content management system should you use for your new website. One thing to remember is that they will look NO DIFFERENT to a user as they can be set up in exactly the same way.
Neither programme is “better”, they are just “different” and each has it’s own advantage for an end user and/or developer.

 

· WORDPRESS

A great platform if you are just building a blog site or a smaller basic type website with static content pages and simple to use when setting up or editing content.
A Wordpress site can easily be compared to driving a car. Compare it to a Mitsubishi Mirage.
It is a great reliable little car for around town driving, getting the groceries, or dropping off the kids to school.
It is just not as suited to more advanced usage like “off-roading” or transporting larger cargo.
In this case you would more likely drive a “Range Rover” that would do all of the above with ease.

 

· JOOMLA


This is the Range Rover of the two CMS website platforms as it has many more options available for a more functional and a more advanced website. It is well supported by OLNZ , in addition to online forums and plenty of “add-ons” are freely available.
With the latest versions, websites created in Joomla are now also fully supported on most smartphones, something to be mindful of as 60% internet users now “surf online” on their mobile device.
Joomla is the most suitable platform to use if you require a more advanced website with more features and the ability to develop further over time.
As the Joomla system is bit more complex to set up, it is advisable to have your Joomla Website set up by a specialist in this field. Maintaining it is really simple for the website owner too.

 

If you look at both these websites: www.bookair.olnz.co.nz and www.bookairwp.olnz.co.nz you will see they look identical. One was done in Joomla and the other in Wordpress as a comparison.
They are just for ‘demo” purposes and from an SEO perspective, the Joomla one had an SEO Score of 97% and the Wordpress one had a score of 85%. They were both created in exactly the same way and were “out-of-the-box” setups using our basic level1 Site Optimisation. These can be checked using the “seo for firefox” plug-in. The Wordpress site loaded marginally faster but both were excellent in loading time.
This website was setup in Joomla (
www.onlinenz.net ) and the “newsletter site”
(
www.onlinenz.net/newsletter ) was done in Wordpress. They were chosen to demonstrate the correct platform that should have been used for each site.

 

Contact us if you would like to know more about a content management system for your website.