Five Content Management System Misconceptions

A Content Management System, or a CMS, is the backbone of almost every dynamically updated website on the internet. CMSs separate your website’s code from its content - meaning your website’s information is handled independent of its structure. CMSs sync a web server to a database, which is where the site’s content lives. Web administrators or content editors can then manipulate website content after logging in through the administration interface. Updating content is as easy as using Microsoft Word to create a document thanks to CMS functionality like WYSIWYG editors.

However, despite the tangible advantages of using a CMS, several misconceptions exist that often dissuade a website operating from making the move to a CMS. Here, we will attempt to dispel five of these most common myths.


Your CMS Determines Your Website’s Success


Your website’s content will decide if it is a success, not its CMS. A website’s CMS is a tool that manages your visitors and their requests for information. Numerous popular and successful websites have been built using a variety of CMSs, from Drupal (NBC Sports) to Wordpress (The New Yorker). Taking time to investigate and review popular CMS options will set your website up for success - but its quality of content is ultimately what keeps bringing visitors back.


Your CMS Determines Your Website’s UI/UX


While each CMS will have different website elements and functionality present, your website is not married to these presets. With a little bit of programming knowledge (CSS, JavaScript, and/or PHP) CMSs can be customized to achieve a personalized UI and UX. While this personalization requires a knowledge base or direct access to a web developer, the idea that your CMS determines your website’s interface is incorrect.


User Friendly Looks Less Professional


A CMS’s ease-of-use generally refers to its administrative pages - the hidden section of your website where administrators and content editors make their configuration and content changes. These administrative pages are only accessible after logging into the CMS with an account with the appropriate permissions.


Easy To Use Means Easy To Hack


While CMS vulnerabilities are (seemingly) uncovered everyday patches to close these vulnerabilities are released nearly as quickly. If your website is using an open-source CMS like Drupal or Wordpress the substantial community of developers working on these technologies, patching and resolving problems, often have a solution in place by the time the public is aware of the problem.


My Website Wouldn’t Benefit From A CMS


Today’s web, and the power of social sharing across the internet, make a CMS a necessity for successful websites. CMSs are designed to empower your organization to update online content in an easy and efficient manner that will draw visitors to your website. Without a CMS website content updates must be performed by a staff member with an understanding of HTML syntax and structure, meaning fewer people in your organization can perform these content tasks.

CMSs empower your website’s staff to increase their productivity and create more, and better, content. With numerous add-ons and plug-ins available there is almost nothing a website can’t do with a strong CMS at its core.