Why We Don't Do Content Management Systems

  •   2 September 2016
  •   By Cyber Team
  •   Web Design

Say no to content management The first web developer who mooted the idea of urging clients to manage and amend their own websites was either extremely lazy or had no interest in the well being of the sites he had created for them.

The result of this frivolous idea has resulted in countless low quality websites that not only look bad but keep on degenerating to the point where page after page simply doesn't render effectively in a web browser.

It could be said that the deterioration of a website and its content has a direct ratio to the period of time the website has been managed wholly by its owner. And that is really not good.

Then along came the cheap, and frankly nasty, businesses on TV and radio offering their website templates and stating that anyone can build a website for £1. Suddenly business owners that know nothing about web design, styling, seo and so on were being encouraged to become web gurus and citing that if you know how to do word processing then it's that easy!

Well, it's too late to reverse this foolhardy trend so we must all live with the consequences of these outmoded, badly constructed and behind the times websites. Of course the question every web designer gets now is "And I'll be able to manage and update the website myself, won't I?"

Those that have been unfortunate enough to be given content management of their websites will invariably be placing images that have twice as many pixels as they should have into a space that is half the size of the image, text that is either too big or too small and probably too long in areas that are meant mostly for headings, images that are saved in the wrong format and won't show on the page, use four different un-complementary type styles in a single paragraph and many, many more issues that contribute to a disaster of a page.

Why we don't offer content management systemsThe text and copy that a web designer or developer has laboriously created for informative readability and effective search engine optimisation will be the first area to suffer by a client's own content management.

All of this, though, is not the client's fault. It's just that they are not web designers nor, in all probability, are they designers of any sort but have been sold on the idea that they can save money and put their own thoughts into a web page without having to justify the reason for doing so.

Other issues that can compromise a CMS website include:

  • Small sites usually don't need access to the variety and large range of utilities provided by content management control areas and/or panels. This is just over-the-top management tooling which involves a steep and often not easily understandable learning curve for the client.
  • Most content management systems (CMS) rely on using WYSIWYG editors - What You See Is What You Get. The problem is that it should really mean "What You See Is ALMOST What You Get, But Not Quite!".
  • Relatively easy tasks are often made quite complicated for users often forcing them back to the initial website designer for help.
  • All content management systems increase the size of your pages thereby increasing the load page load times and causing performance issues.
  • Many CMS systems require you to have at least a basic but working knowledge of html and its capabilities even though you may be sold the idea that it can be used to its fullest with no knowledge of html at all.
  • Any security problems or potential issues within your CMS will probably lead to security issues within your website.

We do, however, acknowledge that CMS is actually good for some people, namely those with creative talent, long term usage and understanding of the system they are utilising and those that have proper working knowledge of javascript and the enormous array of tools and plug-ins available for adding functionality to page layouts.

To conclude, Cyber Team don't promote CMS to its clients as we believe that website management should be left to website professionals. We can advise on and source the correct images for you as well as incorporate any changes and amendments that you may require for your content, all without compromising the layout, styling and effectiveness of your website.