7 Content Management Tricks

By: Arthur Raise

Websites are like spider webs they grow and grow within a short time and before you are even aware you may find that the website has become unwieldy and hard to manage. A website is an on going process and needs efficient management. If your website has a lot of content in the form of data, articles, blogs, news items and so on you would need to consider implementing automated dynamic content systems.

CMS systems are essential for content heavy websites. If your website has over 1000 pages of content, the content evolves and changes constantly; there are systems like news feeds or RSS feeds that need minute to minute changes and there are over 30 contributors uploading content daily, weekly, or fortnightly.

Here are a few tips for experts who have spent a lifetime managing websites and learning from their own mistakes too:

1.Use a content management system that is simple. Never invest in any software that is rigid and does not have efficient systems and growth potential. If you are investing in an automated system think about future growth/adaptations, changing trend on the internet content, changes in web technology and so on.

2.Keep the management system simple and involve the human. Pick a CMS that has a good interface and get a team who has handled several different websites to design and implement yours. Keep the engineering simple and uncomplicated.

3.When selecting a CMS system ask about support systems. You will need this to deal with constant changes in content formats and changing trends on the World Wide Web. The internet is a thriving marketplace that evolves by the minute and to be ahead you will need an adaptable content management system with support that is on call. The CMS people will need to give instructions and training on a need to basis.

4.Before implementing the CMS system create a efficient content organization system. Consider aspects like taxonomy, navigation, user needs, and so on.

5.Be a professional and before you implement the system do a "test run" this will help you study efficacy and work out any kinks there are.

6.Create a CMS manual and conduct in house training sessions. This will ensure smooth functioning of the system. Never let one person be the CMS expert. Create a team will hierarchy so that the system will function irrespective of who is handling what.

7.When planning the content management system think beyond articles. Take into consideration other aspects like e-mails, search engines, customer feedbacks, RSS feeds, and so on.

Any efficient CMS system needs holistic efforts so think about analytics, reporting systems, up gradation and so on.

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