If you are in the process of creating a website for your portfolio, business or an event, one term that constantly pops up in your searches is CMS. CMS is the abbreviation for Content Management System, and it is a vital part of creating any website, there is a long list of pros on why you should use one, and we also take a look at the cons of using one of several CMS’.
A CMS is a set of similar programs or a computer application that can be used to manage or create digital content, done via deleting, editing or adding content to be published on the website.CMS programs often include format management, web-based publishing, version control and edition, search, indexing and retrieval. CMS programs support the presentation and separation of content and are capable of the edition and creating content as well as allow you to assign different permissions and administer users.
Pros & Cons of Using CMS
When it comes to deciding whether it is better to use a CMS or not, there are quite a few pros and cons to consider. We first take a look at the pros:
Editing of Content With CMS your editing of content is separate from the functionality and design of the website, which means that the users that are not technically trained can still format, add or even edit their content on the site without fiddling with coding or messing up the design.
By using a good CMS, it allows all users to have access to selective areas or functionalities. The permission is normally based on the individual’s role or position such as an administrator, editor, or author. It allows you to select which users have access to adding and/or editing content while some can have access to everything. It is vital for maintaining security as many contributors actually only need restricted access, and at the same time, it gives you control of your site.
Fast Updating & SEO-Friendliness
CMS allows effortless site updates even when using headers, sidebars, footers and other components such as menus. It is also SEO-friendly and can be used to include custom page titles, adjustable URLs and metadata, while helper plugins offer tips on optimisation of content. Plus, most CMS programs are free, well the basic framework is, and only the customization options require payment.
There are also quite a few cons to think about when you consider using a CMS, the most common are the security risks, which could be overcome by the use of two-factor authentication. The other issues include lagging and one that is frustrating is the functionality limitations, and when it comes to design, you might have to spend a bit of cash to overcome some of the design difficulties.