Why every small website needs a CMS

You are about to get a website built for your business. Having found a good web design house, you are looking forward to seeing the results of their creative efforts. So far so good.

Once the website is setup, and the customers start rolling in, you will want to make ongoing changes. These could be very small, such as changing a phone number, or adding a news item. New products, or shifts in business direction, will necessitate larger updates to the site. Chances are, though, you will still be happy with the design, and it’s just the text that needs to be changed.

While the web design house did a great job, you don’t want to have to go back to them for every change. A hundred small changes in a year will leave you both frustrated, and is not economic for either party.

This is where a content management system (CMS) comes in. Sitting behind the scenes, it gives you the ability to maintain your own site.

No website larger than a few pages should be without a CMS to manage it.

What is a CMS?

A content management system is a software package specifically designed to manage a website. It is installed by the web designers, but intended to be used by you.

First off, it provides you with a simple, non-technical way of updating your content. This is typically (but not always) done via a web-based interface that works much like Word does.

Just point-and-click, type in the new words, and hit save. Your site is instantly updated.

Equally easy is adding new pages, deleting old ones, or restructuring the site to match your new business model.

The CMS also automates menial tasks, such as applying the same page layout and appearance across the site. Menus and other navigation are also automatically produced.

Along with the many other administrative tools, this leaves you to concentrate on the words, and not on the technology.

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James Robertson is the founder and Managing Director of Step Two Designs, a vendor-neutral consultancy located in Australia. James is recognised as one of the world-wide thought leaders on the topics of web content management and intranet strategy. He has worked with many organisations in both the public and private sectors, including Fortune 500 companies and Federal Government agencies.

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Why Design is Important

In the world of FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) companies some succeed, some fail and some make an impact on society. This impact is mostly due to a perfect match between the actual product and the way it is designed, packed and sold. In order to optimize packaging, product appearance as well as point-of-sale, advertising and further media, DESIGN is today a must. To make a long story short, here are 10 reasons why design has to be taken more seriously in FMCG companies:

1. Great design sells more!
A great design makes a product more attractive through aesthetics as well as functionality, durability, efficiency, ergonomics, etc. Furthermore, great design is economy as that is what efficiency is all about, not necessarily cheaper, but what the British call ‘value for money’. The product can therefore have an image of high value as Apple or  right value as IKEA. Steve Jobs said: “Design is not only what it looks like, it is how it works”.

2. Great design is innovative
It does not copy existing products, but improves upon what is already existing. Karim Rashid, one of today’s most productive designers said: “people see the past, artists see the present, but designers see the future”. Judgement is concerned with what is. Design, however, is concerned with what could be.

3. Great design is honest
Great design is always transparent, easily understood and not cheating or hiding defects or weaknesses. An honestly designed product does not claim features it does not have.

4. Great design is emotional
We like to be rational and logical as it is easier to test, but great design is more of an emotional business as it incorporates values that have to do with feelings, liking, preference.

5. Great design is as little design as possible
If something looks ‘too designed’ it immediately communicates costs which is ok if the target audience is willing to spend the money (e.g. Bang & Olufsen, Cognac, etc.), but which to most people is seen as something extra they are not willing to pay for.

6. Great design is concerned with the environment
Great design doesn’t use more energy than necessary, uses as little raw material as possible, can be recycled, etc. In other words, great design is not waste.

7.” Great design, as music, helps people to get a smile on their faces”
(Claude Nobs, Montreux Jazz Festival)
Yes, great design makes us happy, makes us see positively; whenever we have to go out of ‘standard routine’ we need design.

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Source from Packaging Sense, author Lars Wallentin

Ruevo Design | Freelance web and graphic designer