Some web developers would more than likely argue that a content management system (CMS) is built in such a way as to eliminate the need for coding, therefore, cutting out a major part of a web developers job entirely. However, there are still many benefits of using a CMS if you are a web developer.
What is a Content Management System?
As was explained in a previous blog, a content management system refers to an application system, which consists of software applications and tools that allow companies to manage and publish their own content online.
The main goal of a CMS is to provide an intelligent user interface for building and managing webpage content. By including an easy to use web publishing tool, it gives a company the opportunity to be able to manage their own website, which oftentimes is a task that most companies and employees would not have the ability or access to do.
Should a Web Developer use a CMS?
Regardless of the fact that a content management system might eliminate the need to use a lot of code when building a website and might be considered as a web developer’s digital version of building blocks or Lego, a CMS is not going anywhere anytime soon.
Having said that, a web developer still has a lot of tools available to them in order to expand and modify a website through a wide range of available templates and plugins provided by a content management system. A content editor will never have full control over the website design and structure meaning that custom work will require the expertise of a web developer.
There are many benefits available to web developers who use a content management system. These include:
- Making maintenance changes and updating software is easier as it makes the changes across the whole website a lot quicker.
- Design changes are also a lot easier to implement due to the wide range of templates and plugins available.
- Content management systems cut down on the amount of time spent working on a single website giving a developer more time to focus on a number of different client accounts.
Ultimately, the decision for a web developer to use a content management system depends on the needs and wants of the client for their website. If the client wishes to have control over content creation, wants to have both public and private sections of a website such as client login and also wants visitors to interact with their content then a CMS is the best option for hosting and building a website.
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