In this fast-paced and increasingly complex world businesses need simple solutions to their sales and marketing web presence. The websites Jackrabbit Web Design creates are full-featured implementations of the Drupal content management system. This free and open source software is a powerful toolkit for creating content-rich, versatile websites with advanced functionality and easy to use administration.
Once properly setup my product is as easy to use as Microsoft Word or Excel. The individual or business owns the entire website on the server of their choice. You can easy create or edit your own pages, add photos, videos, or any other type of content. Of course if you choose Jackrabbit Web Design will handle that for you.
A content management system is a database driven architecture which enables one or more users or authors to easily add and manage content such as articles, product information, inventory, invoices, scientific data, images, audio, or video without the knowledge of HTML and associated internet programming languages. We have been using Drupal for 6 years now and is the top CMS of choice. In fact White House's official website is build with Drupal. Drupal is extremely robust, feature-packed, and provides powerful website administration.
Up to date project information can be accessed and added by owners, managers, engineers and workers locally to worldwide. Create a discussion space for employees working across the country to coordinate. Multiple user security levels of information access allows only appropriate data and discussions to be accessible to each personnel level.
In addition content type categorization makes organizing diverse data types (plants, items, products, etc) much simpler to navigate, sort, and search.
One customer, High Plains Gardening provides a database of plant profiles which grow well in the High Plains of Texas.
Content management systems over advanced functionality that make a small business website professional and feature rich. Blog functionality allows businesses to easily post and organize news, events, or specials. Adding new content regularly keeps customers returning to your website. Another client, 911 Wildlife, keeps customers up to date about news and events, allowing access to news videos pertaining to their business, and other content regularly.
Forum functionality can provide customer feedback or technical support. 911 Wildlife uses a contact form so customers can initiate service requests.
Large inventories of products can be cataloged and sold online. Cactus King offers over 500 products easily accessible through Drupal's powerful categorization tools. The shopping cart software is feature rich and tracks sales, inventory, sales tax, shipping, and much more.
Searchable product databases such as a grow nursery's plant list e.g. Canyon's Edge Plants Plant list of hummingbird attracting plants. As this example shows CMS include powerful categorization tools and structures which allow easy navigation through databases. Narrowing a list by adding category options to define the list displayed give the site user an extremely easy method to identify the record they are looking for.
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1. A CMS web site is database driven.
This allows you to create and store hundreds or thousands of pages in the database without the need to update each one of them.
2. Separate design and content.
The design of the site template is separate from the content. This allows you to change the design any time without affecting the content stored on the site. Also because content is stored separate from design, the content from all authors is presented with the same, consistent design.
3. Use cascading style sheet (CSS) to control site appearance.
Altering one CSS file will allow you to change the design and/or color of your CMS site. The consistency of the design can be preserved.
4. Multiple authors
If you have different authors that wish to contribute to your CMS web site you can set up multiple user access in the administration panel. They can just login and begin adding their content. Users can be configured with different levels of access permissions e.g. editor, supervisor, author,data-entry secretary, etc. Authors can be given limited permissions to prevent them from editing content which they are not authorized to change. CMSs generates accountability for authored content (logs) and cooperation between authors.
5. Access from anywhere
Authors and editors can access the site from any computer with an internet connection. This means users can update the site at the same time from any location in the world. Users can also use their preferred browser (IE, Firefox, Opera)
6. Web site management panel
The backend administration panel not only provides the ability to add content but also to add modules such as polls, banners,forums, shopping applications, news management and menus. The panel gives access to statistics of page views, top pages, top searches phrases, and general status reports.
7. Schedule content updates
Publishing content can be controlled by creating a draft first then publishing it later. This is handy if you need to coordinate content from multiple authors.
8. HTML knowledge not required
A CMS site allows non-technical people with average knowledge of word processing to create the content directly. They just need to login with a user name and password then use the web editor that’s built into the CMS to add their content.
9. Saves time.
If you were using a static site to add content from multiple authors, each author would have to download the pages from the server to their computer first, update them, then upload them back to the server. This would be very time consuming and could generate a lot of errors. Navigation is automatically generated and adjusted. Menus are typically generated automatically based on the database content and links will not point to non-existing pages.
10. Create search engine friendly pages
The separation of content from design allows you to easily include keywords in the URL of each page. If the title of your article was “Content Management System Benefits” your URL would be written as:
Some CMS sites automatically generate the correct meta tags for each web page which would help them to spidered by the search engines.
11. Attracts visitors
A CMS site attracts visitors because it can be constantly and rapidly updated. It not only generates pages that are search engine friendly but can produce lots of links from the new content that is added and syndicated.
12.Better customer service.
Your CMS might have a public component that allows your customers to contact you directly through your web site as opposed to e-mail. This provides an opportunity to integrate customer requests directly into you customer service systems where they can be handled more quickly and bypass e-mail systems.
13. Create automatic RSS Feeds.
RSS or really simple syndication is integrated automatically into many CMS sites. Every time you create a post or make a comment it creates a feed for it. This allows visitors with RSS Feeders to read the post at their own leisure.
You save money. Plain and simple, in the long run you'll save money versus paying someone, whether they're a member of your staff or an outside consultant or service, to make all your changes and updates by hand. Chances are, this other person will use a CMS anyway, just to make their own lives easier, but still charge you the cost of doing it manually. Whether you buy a system, have one built, or subscribe to a CMS service, they're a more cost-effective solution versus the alternative.