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    Do You Really Need a Content Management System?

    Date: Aug 20, 2020
    Author: Paul Wolke
    Filed under: Development

    Rewritten on 12/27/2023

    A Friendly Guide to Content Management Systems

    Ever looked at a fancy website and wondered how they keep it so fresh and updated? That’s where Content Management Systems (CMS) come in, like secret ingredients for building and managing online spaces. Think of it as your personal magic tool to create, control, and even grow your website without needing to code like a wizard (unless you want to!).

    So, what exactly is a CMS?

    Imagine it as your website’s brain power. It lets you easily add text, pictures, videos, and anything else that makes your site special. You log in through a simple interface, just like checking your email, and boom, you’re in control! Popular names like WordPress, Drupal, and even Shopify are all types of CMS.

    But does your website need this magic touch? That depends on how you like it rolling.

    • Frequent flyer of updates? A CMS is your BFF. Adding new blog posts, changing pictures, or updating information becomes a breeze.
    • Website set in stone? Maybe a basic, static site is all you need. Think of it like a printed flyer – beautiful, but not changing anytime soon.
    • Teamwork makes the dream work? A CMS lets multiple people manage the site, keeping everyone on the same page (literally!).

    Not all heroes wear capes, and not all CMS are created equal.

    WordPress is like the Superman of the bunch, strong and flexible with tons of add-ons to make your site do anything you can imagine. But, like any superhero, it needs careful maintenance to stay safe.

    Other CMS are specialists with unique superpowers. Static Site Generators (SSGs) are like ninjas, super fast and secure because they’re built with plain files, not fancy databases. Think of them as lightweight and lightning-quick! PIXELS & WAVES specializes in making static websites and we include a CMS with every one.

    Choosing the right CMS is like picking the perfect sidekick. Ask yourself:

    • Am I a blogging machine?
    • How many editors are on deck?
    • Is my website a chameleon or a rock?

    With these questions in mind, you can find the perfect CMS to help you build and manage your dream website. Remember, it’s not about having the fanciest tools, but about finding the ones that make your online space thrive!

    So, go forth and conquer the digital world with the power of a CMS! And hey, if you get stuck, there’s a whole community of friendly folks ready to help you along the way. Happy building!