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Self Managed Website


Things change. Websites evolve. What was previously a static website providing basic information has changed to a running commentary and a dynamic information portal. Websites increasingly find themselves pushing towards Web 2.0 with regularly updated blogs and informative posts.
Our client was in this middle of this evolutionary process.
After a year of a static site they found themselves constantly spending money on a web designer to update their website. Just text at first, then images, then adding more menu items. At this point I suggested they have a look at a Content Management System for their website. It would require a new build based on the look of the existing site, with some layout changes to allow future expansion without hassle.
There are many open source (free) CMS out there with the major players being Joomla, Drupal, Wordress and Mambo. Some design companies have their own proprietary CMS systems (various pros and cons there).
These systems are basically a bare slate on which you can create your site with no real knowledge of website coding (HTML or PHP). Generally, you would have a specialist create the initial site layout and content, then you would handle the rest. Updating content or adding a page is as simple as editing a Word document or writing an email.
Modern content management systems have a huge range of plugins and modules, from built in Google analytics to auto mailing lists or facebook updates.