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Content Management is Incredibly Useful

By November 30, 2012

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And I'm not saying that because I have been using them for over 10 years, but because I've found that for many situations (not all, but many) a CMS makes a site more manageable. But if you have never used a CMS before, you might feel a bit intimidated. Luckily, Bill Powell, the CMS Guide for About.com has an article to help you get started with CMS: Getting Started with a CMS.

Learn More: Do You Need CMS?

What's Your Favorite CMS?

I have tried out a bunch of them, from corporate level CMS tools like TeamSite to blog tools that have become full-fledged CMS like WordPress. I've also built a couple from scratch as well as used tools like Joomla! and Drupal. Right now, I think my favorite is probably WordPress, because there are so many pre-built plugins that I can just load up when I need something new. But I often find myself fiddling with it so much that it makes sense to stick with my home grown solutions just because I know they do exactly what I need. What do you use? Reply below in the comments.

December 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm
(1) Jill says:

I maintain a large site (over 200 pages) using Concrete 5, a newer CMS that is free. I’m not really a programmer and find it easy to use. My site is non-commerce so I can’t confirm it’s ease of use for that, but I add and change pages often and without problems. Plug-ins are available, some free and some for a small one time fee. We bought two plug-ins–a menu system and a photo gallery.

January 8, 2013 at 11:00 am
(2) Bill says:

I started building sites using Drumbeat and then Netobjects Fusion and now Dreamweaver but have also used Drupal (ugh) and Joomla (ugh). I have tried WordPress because of the cool templates and plugins but always end up digging into the files on the server to tweak things…also tried Concrete5 since it seemed more intuitive than WordPress but again had to dig into the CSS files to get things the way I like them. The bottomline is that I have developed some design layouts using Dreamweaver and find building my proven CSS etc. seems to work just as well and faster. The only reason for using WP or Concrete5 would be to let my clients update content. I have several sites where that is possible using Snippetmaster which can be tweaked to allow just the right mix of allowable editing to keep the clients happy and not destroy the site. I prefer just updating sites as needed by them sending me the changes and for this they pay a flat maintenance fee each quarter. Snippetmaster seems to work but it too has caused problems with using too many tags rather than the CSS of the site. Also have to educate the clients on good use of fonts etc.. Sometime the content looks amaturish.

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