Content Management Systems – DIY Websites

At 21 Designs, we specialise in building and working with a variety of open source and commercial CMS (content management systems) software titles, and have extensive experience with WordPress, Joomla and many more.

Wordpress content management system is the world leader in flexible, powerful CMS softwareWhen it comes to choosing a CMS, you need flexibility
We specialise in WordPress – Not just another CMS

Easily the most used content management system in the world right now, WordPress was originally built as a blogging platform. It has matured in recent years, and the extensive community of users and contributors to the project have seen it take the DIY market by storm.

Let’s be quite clear though. Hardcore programmers will point out a thousand and one deficiencies, but won’t explain away it’s flexibility, security, upgradeability, and ease of use.

End users love WordPress because it’s easy. Developers love WordPress because it’s flexible.

We recommend building your website with WordPress for awesome results.

No experience required!
What’s so great about these content management systems anyway?

Well for starters, they allow you to manage your website without any knowledge of programming, coding or other technical skills. All you should need is a little training on the use of the software and you’re away. In theory, this means no more contacting your developer when you need a new page of content, or if you need to rename a menu item, upload a new logo, or change your phone number.

Features of a modern CMS include the ability to to add, remove or edit media, menu’s, articles, pages and a swag of other content, as well as providing control over template’s, styling and general layout. It may also provide the ability to define colours, fonts, logos, banners, slideshows and so on.

More complex systems will allow you to manage additional content, such as products, blog entries, orders, comments, members and even more.

This is where WordPress really shines, as it provides a number of options for handling many additional content types.

Look Ma, no hands!
Can I really run my own website without any help from a developer or technical expert?

Well that’s the idea, however it’s often not the case. Most people want spectacular results, or they don’t have the time or patience for DIY and this inevitably means some technical assistance is required.

The general principle however is true – you won’t need a web developer to do the most basic things, and if you can use a word processor, you should be able to adjust the content on your website with relative ease.

But if you’re after a high quality result, or you’re just plain picky, then you will probably need some technical support by your side. Factoring this in to your plans will allow you to stand out from the crowd by leveraging the design and development skills of a real professional and add the finishing touches to your website.

How much assistance you need will depend on your business, your preferences and the quality of the CMS you chose to build your website upon. 21 Designs can help you choose by advising you of the pros and cons of each.

 

Which CMS is the right one for me?

 21 Designs Australia are expert CMS web designers, meaning once we’re done building, you can keep your website relevant and up-to-date, getting on with the job of running your business rather than dealing with a bunch of technical jargon and computer terminology.

A good content management system should first and foremost be easy to use. After all, most who use them will not be technically minded, and the learning curve can therefore be the biggest barrier towards ensuring your website stays up-to-date.

 Another key factor is security, and the ability to upgrade regularly. With the increase in malicious activity online, many website owners find themselves spending more time and money keeping their site secure rather than doing business. By ensuring your software is secure and up-to-date, you can mitigate almost all the problems you might otherwise face should your site be targeted by malicious activity.

 Finally, a large user-base, with plenty of online resources to either extend, customise or otherwise tweak your CMS is essential. Choosing a relatively unknown product may lead to a very inflexible site, incapable of moving with your business. What happens if you change your bank, or your hosting provider, or perhaps you decide to start selling online?

All these factors can determine whether your initial cost to build will be a good long-term investment.

 

Some of the CMS’s we’ve worked with over the years

 

  • OpenCart
  • Drupal
  • Google Sites
  • Ghost
  • MediaWiki
  • SharePoint
  • Serendipity
  • Mambo
  • Magento
  • Concrete5
  • Cushy CMS
  • Expression Engine
  • Prestashop
  • Umbraco
  • TextPattern
  • ModX
  • Business Catalyst
  • SilverStripe
  • Tiki Wiki
  • PmWiki
  • TypoLight
  • Typo3
  • DotNetNuke
  • PivotX
  • Alfresco
  • Frog CMS
  • b2eveloution
  • Phire CMS
  • PHP-Nuke
  • XOOPS
  • GetSimple CMS
  • Tango CMS

 

Building CMS websites is our specialty, so call us on

1300 662 492

21 Designs Australia