Get a web developer or someone to help you set up your website into a "Content Management System" (or CMS). A CMS is just a way to manage your web content easily. The most important feature about a good CMS is that you don't have to know HTML or how to code or program. That would be a good thing.
The concept behind each CMS is the same. Your website is setup in templates, with pages associated with each template. You don't usually change the template, but rather the content inside the template.
Some CMS's only let you change the content area. Others let you edit the template as well, although that usually requires HTML coding. Below we'll take a look at a few CMS's and the pros and cons:
1. Dreamweaver Templates
Although maybe not technically a CMS, having a site set up in DWT's is a common way to manage your own website.
- Complete control of your site
- Doesn't require a database
- Extremely mobile
- Easier to undo mistakes
- Not too difficult to change template
- Requires file upload - computer skills required
- You have to purchase the software (about $250)
- Takes longer to make changes (have to wait for files to upload)
Also by Adobe like Dreamweaver, Contribute is actually compatible with Dreamweaver Templates. This software is a step down from Dreamweaver, and simplifies a lot of what DW can do.
- Very simple
- Cheaper than Dreamweaver (about $100)
- Hard to make mistakes
- Extremely mobile
- Can't change the template very easily
- Have to purchase software still
- Can be buggy
WordPress is a blogging platform which can also serve as a CMS for your website. WordPress is popular and easy...and if you like blogging it is ideal.
- Very easy to use
- Great for blogging
- Has many plugins such as shopping cart, contact form, SEO, etc.
- Widely supported so if you have a problem, so do other people. Google it.
- Easier to add new pages than Dreamweaver or Contribute
- While it does have a shopping cart plugin, it's not great for e-commerce
- Limited in functionality. The plugins are generally basic. A large, professional corporate website would need more than WordPress
- It's not developer friendly. Upgrades to the system may cause bugs, requiring you or your developer to fix it.
Joomla is a very robust, sometimes complicated CMS designed for any size website. Fresh Look Web Design uses Joomla more than any other CMS because of the flexibility and performance it offers our clients.
- Has fantastic plugins, particularly the calendar, business directory, and SEO upgrades
- Developer and designer friendly
- Easy to create multiple templates
- Very widely supported and great community of developers
- Easy to modify template and add pages
- Can be more difficult to learn if not trained properly
- Not as intuitive as WordPress
Here's our recommendation - if you want a website, you need to update your website. If you update your website, you need to do it cost effective...which means you need a CMS. Our top choice is Joomla, but pick the one that fits your needs the best.