Helping Clients Use Technology to Save Time and Money
Five years ago, a colleague and I were working on a website for a nonprofit with a small budget. To keep costs down, our goal was to make the site look good in the current Internet Explorer browser; we did not initially worry about other browsers or about smartphones.
That was in 2010; could we take that attitude today, no matter how small the client's budget?
Six months ago, I just paid good money to get a great website that I am delighted with. Now I'm being asked to upgrade to a new version - do I really have to, already?
Yes, you do, and here are good reasons why:
A content management system in theory allows non-technical users to edit the content on their websites, without changing the structure, navigation, programming, etc.
I say "in theory" because you can always do a better job of editing if you know some html (hypertext markup language) and css (cascading style sheets). Content managements systems all have built-in editors that have a user interface similar to Microsoft Word. But it's been my experience with any editor I've used that about ten percent of the time, I can't get the webpage to look just right unless I click on that "Edit HTML" button and edit the raw html code.
Having said that, do I believe that content managment systems still have value?