CMS: Content Management Systems

What is a CMS?

CMS stands for content management system and what this means is that a user can log in and manage content as they choose. Our CMS systems are designed to make it very easy for users to update, edit and delete information as required.

A content management system will allow you to update images, text, news, blogs, pricing, product & service details as well as almost any other information that you need.

Your CMS will help you to keep your website up to date, so that when users arrive at your website they are always presented current information about your company!

Benefits of a CMS

  • Update your own website instantly from anywhere in the world.
  • No need to contact your designer every time you have a change.
  • Keep your website up to date easily.
  • Choose your own website design to suit your company’s image.
  • Add and remove products and services as required.
  • Update company information, images, blogs, and more - any time.
  • Add additional functionality to your site as your business grows.
  • You do not need to learn html or php, the system is very easy to use.
  • Changes are made immediately.
  • Can be cheaper than a static website in the long run and easier to budget for.

About our CMS

  • We do not use off the shelf CMS systems (such as Joomla or Wordpress), your CMS will be developed for you!
  • Your CMS will be structured in a way that best suits your company and the way that you do business.
  • Your CMS will be designed and developed with your content in mind and therefore more efficient when using the system.
  • The website will be built using php and will require hosting in line with php programming.
  • All you need is an internet connection and computer to manage the CMS.
  • You will need to provide hosting details and domain information – click here for more information on hosting.

How to get a CMS

  1. Make a list of requirements
    If you are in the market for a CMS, then we suggest that you put a list of requirements together, this list would include all of the things that you would like your website to be able to do. For example you want to be able to add and remove products and services, you would like online shopping and payment processing, as well as a newsletter service.
  2. CMS Quote
    We will look at your list and advise you on the items included in the list and give relative pricing. We always try to keep the quote based on your list so that you can add and remove items to suite your budget.
  3. Design of the Website
    Should you accept the quote and want to move forward, the website will need to be designed. This involves coming up with a template for the look and feel of the website. Only once this is signed off will the next stage of development take place.
  4. Developing the CMS
    With a design file signed off the team can begin working on assembling the website and making all the processes and pages start to function.
  5. Uploading and testing
    Once the development has been completed, it will be uploaded and tested so that we can see that all of the functions are working.
  6. Instructions and going live!
    We will help you with logging in and using the system, so that you can easily add, edit and delete information as you choose. Once you are at this stage we will make the website live for the world to view!

CMS Packages include the following

  • Updatable website pages
  • Personalised website design
  • Secure administrator login area
  • General information pages (add text and images to content pages)
  • Contact form, enquiry form or order form.
  • Basic web optimisation (SEO / Google friendly)

Additional CMS Options

  • Image gallery (add, remove, re-order images as you choose)
  • Product and product catalogue pages (add products, edit product details, add product images, remove products and change pricing)
  • Services and services specs pages (add services, edit service info, add images, remove services and change pricing)
  • Updateable blogs and news pages
  • Online payments - receive crdit card payments via a secure online payment system
  • e-Commerce / Shopping carts - Sell your products and services online
  • Newsletter integration - include a newsletter sign-up form on your website, maintain an automated list of subscribers, easily create and send newsletters to all of your subscribers
  • Full SEO and internet marketing - get business from Google and other search engines

Costs involved in a CMS

  • Design and development - Getting the website template designed and developed to make it work. We charge 50% upfront and 50% on completion.
  • Hosting - Storing your website online and running your email. This is a monthly or annual fee.
  • Domain name – your .com or name needs to be registered. This is an annual fee.
  • Maintenance and updates – should you have a CMS you will not need to pay to update your website, if you need to upgrade or redesign you will need to pay for the extra development as required.
  • Commission payments for ecommerce shopping carts to banks – if you are using a payments system you may need to pay the facility a commission.