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Our content management systems (CMS) explained

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We are regularly asked by customers which of our ‘Content Management System’ (CMS) options is the best one to go with to manage their website. They are both great systems but suited to different customers with different needs, so here’s a handy guide to explain the differences & help you make the best and most informed decision.

HD Starter: Utilises a simple CMS by Adobe Muse

The HD Starter option comes with a CMS that is perfect for customers who only want to make minor amendments to the content on their site, basic text changes/updates and image changes are easy using a simple and intuitive WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor.  This CMS only allows you to make amendments to existing content. You will not be able to add new content or change the structural layout or configuration of the website.

Advantages of the HD Starter CMS:

  • This CMS system is incredibly easy to use, utilising the popular WYSIWYG editor, point, click and publish.
  • You can access it easily from any web browser.
  • You can see what your changes will look like immediately before you publish them.
  • You will not need to worry about keeping font style or formatting consistent as this is all done for you.

Disadvantages of the HD Starter CMS:

  • You will not be able to add new content, pages, functionality, change the layout or change the style of your website without assistance, you’ll have to arrange for this to be done by a web designer with knowledge of the platform.

In summary this is the best option for you if your website is small and will only require minor changes going forward, such as updating a menu, price list or changing a promotion. Take a look at the short video below to see how it works.

HD Professional: Utilises a full CMS by WordPress

The HD Professional option comes with a full CMS, this is perfect for customers who would like to continue to evolve their website. The CMS allows you to add new content like news/blog articles and pages, as well as amend existing content. You will also have full control over its functionality such as its booking systems, event systems, detailed forms etc providing of course that your website has this functionality in place to begin with, but no problem if not, it can be easily ‘bolted on’, that’s another great thing about this CMS, you can add new functionality whenever you like. In short, this option gives you complete flexibility.

Advantages of the HD Professional CMS

  • This CMS is straightforward once you’ve had some training from us.
  • You can amend all existing content on your website.
  • You can add new content to your website yourself, including new pages.
  • You can add news and blog articles.
  • New pages automatically adopt the styling of the rest of your website.
  • You can add new users and restrict which areas of the website each user can access.
  • This system helps you evolve your website alongside your business, you can add new functionality (with our assistance) such as booking systems, eCommerce, membership areas and much much more
  • You have access to additional functionality to help your website get found in search results such as Google, Bing and Yahoo. (also known as Search Engine Optimisation)

Disadvantages of the HD Professional CMS

  • If you’ve never used WordPress before you’ll need to learn (we can teach you and it is quite straightforward once you know how).
  • You edit your content in a ‘back-end editor’, you can preview before you publish but the screen you edit in looks different from the website your customers see.

In summary, this is the best option for you if there is a chance you’ll want to make regular adaptations to your website in the future and add new content via blog posts and news articles often. The possibilities with the HD Professional CMS option are endless as you are able to add pretty much any feature imaginable on to your website. Take a look here if you would like to find out more about the thousands of options.