Web Content Management System Services Overview: Putting You Back in Charge of Your Content
What’s a web content management system, anyway?
A web content management system (let’s just call it a CMS) makes it easy for anyone to add, edit, move, or delete content from a website. By anyone, we mean anyone who has permission. And any good CMS makes it easy to give specific permissions to specific users.
This means you can give your bloggers permission to make blog posts, your marketers permission to tweak headlines, your sales team permission to update new products… It’s all in your hands.
Without a CMS, updating web content is a pain. It means either (A) teaching every content creator—every blogger, newsletter-writer, page-updater, and so on—a good bit of HTML, plus giving them all database access, or (B) sending all content to the webmaster for posting, who thus has little time to do anything else.
With the right CMS, updating web content is as easy as writing a Facebook message.
So this Drupal thing is a content management system. What’s so great about it?
Yep, Drupal is our fave. Here’s why:
- Remember when we said “the right CMS” makes it super easy? We had Drupal in mind for that part. Some CMS’s work offline, meaning you create a page, save it, then generate it as a page. With Drupal, you just click Publish. Of course, you can save it as Unpublished for editing. But still. Either way. Super easy.
- Drupal has tons and tons of features. Are you familiar with open-source technology, like the Firefox web browser? It’s software that anyone can contribute to.
Well, Drupal is open source. Basically, so many people love Drupal so much that they take it upon themselves to add new features. There are almost 5,000 add-ons available for Drupal.
- Here’s the big one: Drupal is free. Free as in it costs zero dollars. And free as in you can use it however you please. Lots of CMS’s aren’t free, so this is a major deal.
Some people hesitate because of the open-source idea. “You mean I’m trusting my website to something that’s being GIVEN AWAY?” It is kind of a revolutionary idea, but Drupal works for huge entities like these:
- President Obama’s American Recovery & Investment Act site, Recovery.gov
- The governments of Belgium, France, New York City, and New Zealand
- ABC Family, Lifetime, and MTV UK
- Beyonce, Bob Dylan, and Pearl Jam
- FedEx and Nike
- Google Measurement Lab and Yahoo! Research
- Led Zeppelin and Michael Jackson
- Mother Jones, The Onion, and Popular Science
- The NHL (National Hockey League)
- Nokia and Sanyo
- Rock Band
- The United Nations, Amnesty International, and Greenpeace
- DIG, a group at M.I.T. counting Tim Berners-Lee (the inventor of the World Wide Web) as a member, and ICANN, the non-profit that runs much of the Internet.
- And, of course, plenty more. See this list frequently updated by Dries Buytart, the creator of Drupal
Seems pretty impressive to us, how about you? And these are just the bigger Drupal sites… there are thousands and thousands of smaller ones too.
So why do I need you guys, if Drupal’s so free and easy to use?
Glad you asked! (Technically, we asked ourselves!)
Drupal does have a learning curve… there are some quirky terms to catch onto and so forth. We can walk you through.
Drupal’s collection of 4,000+ add-ons is insanely powerful, but you need an expert to help you choose the most effective for your project.
Drupal setup can be a hassle… after setup, most tasks are a snap, but you’d rather we handle the tedious parts.
Professional Drupal theming is a specialized web design skill. And we’re pros at it! Otherwise, you’d probably be stuck with one of the stock themes, which are pretty uninspiring.
Migrating your existing site to Drupal can be an involved job as well.
Once Drupal’s up and rocking, wouldn’t you like a CMS expert to show your team how to take advantage of it?
See? We’re useful after all.
So… you + Drupal + ENGINE = absolutely anything you can imagine. Contact us.