Content Management Options
If you want to be able to change the content of your website your have a variety of options that some under the heading of content management.
There are several free systems that give you full access to the code that holds your site together making it very powerful, and equally dangerous, unless you are confident enough to get your hands dirty in the HTML and CSS of a site.
Over the years we have found we can cater for all our clients needs in terms of content management using one of the following systems:
- Adobe Contribute - a commercial offering which costs in the region of $450 making it a good solution to plug into an existing site. It is loaded on your computer and can be used to run any number of sites that you have access to. Has some lovely features like a user interface much like a word processor, keeping drafts, send a draft for review if you get stuck, great help files, and very fine control over what you or your staff are allowed to do thus protecting your site from over zealous editing. No experience of HTML needed
- WordPress - open source software, therefore free to install and very customizable. Runs on the server so you can edit your site from any internet connection. Comes with a blog out of the box and many plugins covering almost anything you want it to do. Editing is not WYSIWYG so it can be a bit frustrating and some html experience can be useful at times if you want to tweak something.
- Drupal or Joomla - heavy weight, web based content management systems. Open source but can be expensive to customize due to its complexity. Suitable for large sites with complex content, with multiple users. Loads of plugins and prebuilt templates. Editing is not WYSIWYG.
- Modx - open source and light weight. A nice solution for a new build with CMS right from the start. Easier to use than some other options and has a growing number of plugins to get you started. Again, not WYSIWYG but very flexible and probably easier to skin or brand than Wordpress, Drupal or Joomla.