Content Managed Websites

What is a self-editable (or content managed) website?

A self-editable (or content managed) website is a website who’s content is created and edited via use of a content management system — also commonly known as a ‘CMS’.

A CMS is a piece of computer software which allows anybody — also known as an ‘administrator ’, to create and manage a website’s content with ease. This is achieved using WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editing tools — such as those found in Microsoft Word, to edit text and insert images into a webpage.

content managed websites

The above illustrates the familar editing features of a content management system.

8 advantages of using content management systems?

  1. CMS systems are designed for non-technical people who have have little or no website editing experience.
  2. Simple amends to individual web pages, or site-wide amends across all web pages can be made within minutes.
  3. All CMS editing is done through a web browser interface on your PC or Mac.
  4. CMS systems are password protected so only administrators with verified login details gain access to the website. Furthermore, additional administrators can be added to the CMS and assigned editing rights (or privileges) over specific content on the website, spreading out the responsibility of content management.
  5. Content managed websites allow additional functionality to be easily added to a website. Typical of such ‘plug-ins’ or ‘modules’ would be;
    • a blog
    • image galleries
    • newsletter sign-ups
    • feedback forms
  6. Professionally pre-designed layout ‘templates’ (or themes) can be applied to content managed web pages, allowing the appearance of all content to be changed from one place.
  7. Every CMS provides a means of allowing administrators to work within a virtual copy of a web site, so edited webpages can be viewed in-context for checking, before hitting an ‘upload to web’ button.
  8. Many CMS systems are free!

Will my Assemble website be content managed?

Of course! Allowing you to take full advantage of why content managed websites are now becoming so popular and widely supported.

SilverStripe content management systemAll Assemble Online websites are built using the award winning SilverStripe website content management system. This is a leading ‘open source’ CMS which is used by governments, businesses, and non-profit organisations all around the world.

Note: An ‘open source’ website content management systems allow us — the public, to change and improve the CMS software in a collaborative manner.