If you are looking at having your website designed or improved, you would quickly discover there are Two commonly used website designs: Content Management Systems (CMS) and Static Web Designs.
What is the difference?
Static Web Design
Is usually cheaper because it requires less labor. Basically, you tell the person designing your website what you want the website to look like, and they design a website for you, including all of the content.
The benefits of choosing for a static website is that it’s cheap and it’s quick (and sometimes that is exactly what we need!)
However, there are also downsides for this kind of website.
Whenever you want to change something or to add something to your website you would have to contact your webmaster and usually it cost more time and money to make minor changes in the website.
It’s also a lot more difficult to rank high on the search engines with a static page.
A Content Management System
is a flexible system that allows you to update your website any time, at your convenience. You can add pages to your website and edit your texts and photo’s without needing to call on someones services.
A Content Management website can be designed and customized just like a static page.
The benefits of a Content Management System (CMS) are clear: It offers you flexibility and saves you time and on the long term – money. It’s relatively simple to market and allows you to interact easily with your clients.
The starting cost is not that high in many cases (depends on the demand) en there are many cheap designs you can use and customize for your needs – of course you can make it crazy as you want . There are content management systems that costs tens of thousands of Euro.
Is updating a Content management website difficult?
No. You don’t need any technical background to be able to work with a Content Management System
It’s really not that complicated. Your web designer would be able to explain how it works within a few minutes.
There is also a lot of free information available on the internet. It is really very straight forward and if you know how to operate a computer and surf the internet you will have no trouble using a Content Management System (CMS)
How do I know which system to choose?
Ask yourself what the goal is of your website? What does it need to do for you? Would you like the possibility to update information yourself? What is your budget?
Most of the times we would recommend Content Management System (CMS) because the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.
Now that you know the difference between a Content Management System and a Static Web Design, all you have to do is decide which one is right for you or your company.
If you are still not sure please feel free to contact us for a free consult