Using Content Management Systems
In the beginning, websites were built using HTML and hardcoded with a homepage as a central hub and a number of subpages linked from a navigation menu.
This method produced websites that loaded quickly and, with a little tweaking, created a perfectly acceptable result. It was the only means of publishing pages online for many years, but since content management systems became available they have changed the way websites are built forever.
The introduction of content management systems started approximately 15 years ago and had the big advantage of allowing the website owner or administrator to add content themselves. This had clear benefits for the user as they could update their websites, including the way it looked through the use of a theme, without involving a third party. This meant that the changes could be implemented quickly and without any additional expense.
Many platforms were developed with the rise of blogging as a pastime and these were to become extremely popular. WordPress is one of the best-known and most widely used platforms, and it has become so popular partly because it is an open source development and consequently free to implement. With a CMS the user has complete control over the content that is published. Additional users can be added, and different roles accommodated, so for example some users can be identified as contributors while others can be editors.
All content management systems are based on two principles; a database that actually holds information for each page or post and a means of extracting that and making it visible. Several different server technologies are used for this, but in the case of WordPress and many other open-source platforms, the database used is MySQL and the means of extraction is PHP. The fact that the pages are virtual means that they don’t actually exist until they are called by the browser.
The most recent CMS websites use the latest version of HTML mark-up language, which allows easy integration of images and of multimedia files such as video. Many current CMS websites also use a responsive theme which means that they will render equally well on a mobile or handheld device as they do on a desktop computer.
One of the disadvantages of using a CMS, particularly on a shared hosting account, is that they sometimes take longer to load than a straightforward HTML website. In the case of WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal and several other popular platforms plug-ins are available which minimize this effect by caching the HTML code that is generated and delivering that “snapshot” of the page in order to speed up loading times.
With the latest advances in server technologies, the widespread availability of CMS and the very low cost of development, content management systems are now the standard for web design today. As with most advances in technology, a return to hard coding HTML is very unlikely so most design effort is now focused on creating attractive, fast loading themes for CMS systems.
The Very Important Website Design
Creating a website to promote your product or service on the Internet is something that doesn’t require a great deal of knowledge. This is not to say you can’t throw up a website and start earning money. This has happened for many people.
Unfortunately, this is not something that always happens, and the more knowledge that you have about Internet marketing, specifically in regard to website design, the more profit you will make and reach your targets.
Most people believe that website designed as a secondary concept to consider when marketing any product or services. In reality, the appearance of your website is very important, especially in regard to its structure.
In this article, we will talk about the importance of website design and the structure your website needs to have in order to maximize the possibility of bringing more traffic, achieve your goals and boosting profit on the web.
When you think of a typical website, it usually has a banner at the top, some content above the fold, and a few ads that can be seen on the left or the right. This typical design is seen by many major websites, and usually presented in an elegant way because they have the time and resources to make this happen. However, for the average person who does not know that much about Web Site Creation, blogs, or even simple design techniques, achieving that type of appearance on your own website is probably not going to happen. However, what you can modify is the structure of your website, and by doing so, you can improve your chances of making a interesting and popular site.
Finally, the content that you add to the website should go under each of the individual categories. Not only is this great for organizing everything you have to offer, but it makes it easier to index your material, which means your main page, as well as your secondary pages, may actually rank very highly on the search engines as a result of this configuration.
By creating sites with this website design in mind, you can help yourself rank higher in the search engines and provide a positive visitor experience which will help motivate people to accept easier what you have to offer.
Organizing your site is not that difficult, and even if you don’t have experience in this area, there are always tutorials on how to get this done on the web.