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A content management system is a system that helps you manage the content on a website. With an old style website you built each page individually out of a special code called html. You manually linked one page to another using this code. When you added a new page to your site you had to go back and edit your previous pages to also link to the new page.
At its worst you could end up editing an awful lot of pages. Things did get slightly better over the years - there were tools that helped the web administrator automate this process. Typically these tools ran on a PC and the admin maintained all of the working files on a PC occasionally placing updated files onto the internet.
Of course only this one person (or a very small very well co-ordinated group) could do this because only they had access to these 'working files'. A Content Management System such as Joomla takes this to the next level. By doing a similar task of automation, but doing it through the website itself, you are freed from both the bottleneck of having only one person holding all of the files and from the danger that your one developer will disappear leaving you stranded.
With a CMS anyone you give the correct permissions to, can log into a special area of the site to edit existing web pages or create new pages. Also, because this process is interactive, so much more is possible. Joomla CMS is easily extendible with thousands of third party add-ons available, most of which are free.
Sections of pages separate to the central article, are built using information stored in a database, this means items in the sidebars are automatically placed on pages without the need to create them per page.
Online votes / polls, with real time viewing of the results to-date are possible. Other blocks / modules can be positioned around the pages showing the visitor the latest aricles added or the the most commonly visited pages on the site. With clever coding a CMS such as Joomla can allow a third party programmer to create an add-on that can add a whole new feature to a page or site as a whole, e-commerce stores, online directories, image galleries or video playing elements. A whole new world of possibilities is opened up and you can install and configure these elements yourself.
In summary, I hope you can see that a Content Management System such as Joomla gives an end user with a moderate level of computer skills, the ability to create, maintain and manage an interactive, expanding website with a minimum of fuss and far more flexibility than was previously possible.
We can build you a website that is easily expandable and maintainable, with a simple intuitive interface for site administrators. Prices start from as little as £1,500 and I would strongly recommend small businesses and local groups have the basic site built, then expand at a pace that suites your company / group and budget.