You have a website – great – but how are you managing it? If you’ve found that managing your site is a bit trickier than you expected, you need to look at your content management system. If you haven’t even thought about managing anything, it’s time to stop being a website building newbie and it’s time to look into the tools the big boys and girls use. You deserve to work just as efficiently as they do.
Your CMS Should Think for You
We all want our technology to work for us, as much as possible. This allows us to get on with our lives, instead of burying our noses in a book to find out how to stop something from happening. When you’re looking at the content management system options, you will want to look for something that is intuitive. Whenever possible, you should take the company up on their offer for a free trial. This will give you a chance to see how the program works with your own knowledge (or lack thereof). If the company offers a thirty-day trial, make the most of this trial. Try out all of the functions and the options to see if this is something that will help you to actually get work done, or if this is something that will just confuse you and waste more of your time. You might need to try on a few different CMS programs before you settle on just one.
What Can Your CMS Do?
If your website is something that will sell items to customers, you need to make sure that your CMS can support you in this endeavor. When you choose your CMS program, it should be helpful for certain tasks, not just so-so in every task. If you can find a CMS that is going to be able to specialize in working with the sort of business and site you are trying to build or to maintain, then you will be golden. Check to see what other websites are using the CMS you want to use. And then see if you want your site to look like they do.
Being Computer Savvy Should Not Be a Must
You might have a stronger background in website maintenance than others you know, which is great. But a CMS program should not be just for those who know more about their hard drives than about current events. You will want to spend some time looking for a CMS program that will allow you to do things without having to be a geek. The simplest of programs can do the most complex of things, especially when the program is also intuitive and specialized in certain areas of content management.
While you might have no idea what a content management system is, that’s okay. In fact, it’s better than you don’t know what it is and you can simply use it to manage the content on your site. Sometimes, the less you know, the better.