The Basics of website content management systems

A website content management system (WCMS) allows non-technical users to edit websites. A WCMS requires a little more investment when building a website but this is offset against not having to pay programmers to make changes further down the line. It is also much faster to make your own changes than to schedule someone else to do them.

Inevitably structural changes need to be made to a website occasionally. With a WCMS, often these can be made in a single place and then automatically propagated throughout the website. This saves time and money.

The process of producing a content-managed website normal goes something like this:

  1. Understand what the business wishes to achieve from the website
  2. Agree elements that will appear on each type of page (template)
  3. Produce a creative design
  4. Write a WCMS specification which details how content areas will be managed plus any custom functionality
  5. Build the templates and test them in common browsers (including mobile devices)
  6. Integrate templates into the content management system
  7. Set up the content & test
  8. Go live!