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Manage your own web site with a Content Management System (CMS)

Are you sick of paying your web designer for every change you want to make to your website, no matter how small?

Are you able to change the words and pictures on your website without having to call your web designer?

Can you easily update the information on your website to reflect the changing environment your business is operating in?

If the answer to these questions is no, and your web designer can't give you a website where you can edit your own content, then it's time to get a new web designer!

At Website Results, the Tauranga-based web design division of Logis, we use a Content Management System (CMS) called Drupal to build websites. This is an powerful yet easy-to-use system that gives you the ability to update your website when it suits you without having to come back to us with your cheque book. You can update your website wherever you are in the world with an internet connection. And it's about as easy to use as email!

Here are some ideas for how using a CMS such as Drupal could help your business use the web more successfully:

  • Want to run a special promotion for a week? Create a page in advance and set it to be published to the site on a chosen day and time. Set an end date and time so the page simply disappears at the appropriate time. In fact - you could even set up a whole month's worth of special offers in advance that don't appear until the time you choose, and disappear when they expire!
  • Even better - create a special offer page that can't be found using the normal menus on your site, and embed the link to that page in an email newslettter. That way, only people who receive the email can access that special offer. You can then measure the effectiveness of your email campaigns by tracking the number of people who click that link.
  • Publish latest news to the front page of your web site. Set it up so that only recent stories appear on the front page, with the latest story at the top. Remove stories that are, say, 30 days old - and remove the Latest News section entirely if all stories are over 30 days old. That way your site doesn't look like you never update it. There's nothing worse than visiting a web site that has story dating back to 2005 in the Latest News section.

This is just a selection of the possible ways you could use a CMS to make your website more dynamic and relevant to your customers.

The other big advantage of using a CMS such as Drupal is that they usually comes with lots of features built-in that would take a lot of time and money to get developed from scratch. That was a big factor in our decision to choose Drupal as our development platform, and it means that you can get a lot more for your money.

If you like the sound of having a web site that you can manage yourself, why not find out more about our web design solutions now?