In 2017 it can be hard to keep up with everything you ‘need’ to know to maintain your website. Depending upon how web-savvy you are, you may not be aware of Content Management Systems, much less the necessity of having one for your nonprofit website. Never fear. We are here to help. Please read on to discover more about how a good CMS can benefit your organization’s site.
First of all, search engines have become picky. They evaluate fresh content on a near constant basis. One of the main functions of a Content Management System (CMS) is to easily create and add new content and to change current content. Search engine priority is important and having a CMS puts you in charge of the pages on your site.
Second, things change over time. Your site will grow and expand and it is important for you to be able to let people know what exactly you are doing at any given point. This communication can be essential in the nonprofit world for fundraising events and appeals. Do you really want to have to rely on your web developer to make all of the changes to your site whenever you need something? There is a better option that gives you the ability to do it yourself whenever you need it done.
CMS gives you flexibility. It will allow you to add blog pages, donor feedback, advertise fundraising events, add galleries and pretty much anything else you can imagine, quickly and easily.
The sophistication of CMS is important because the system will evolve over time. Despite that fact, you need no real technical know-how to utilize your CMS. You are not required to know coding etc, all you have to do is insert your content. It is that simple. If you can post an article on Facebook or edit a MS Word document, you can operate a Content Management System.
You can also utilize access restrictions. That means you get to choose the level of access that your employees, staff and even volunteers have within your CMS. If one person does blogs and another person does only newsletters, it is simple and easy to allow each person to access their area of expertise. This not only eliminates confusion, it will also minimize errors and allow each user to maximize their time.
Being user friendly is a big deal. You don’t want to have to jump through hoops to log in and fix a typo that you see in an article on your site, or to update pictures. You can make quick fixes like this as easily as editing that Word document. You don’t have to make a list of things for the web developer to fix and then wait around for it to get done. You have the flexibility to do it yourself from anywhere; at home, in the office, or on the way to work on your iPad. CMS can be updated from anywhere giving you the flexibility to get things done when YOU want to get them done.
If you can explore the internet, you can utilize CMS to help you maintain your nonprofit website. Give yourself the ability to update and enhance your website any time you want. If you are looking for a way to make your site stand out in a crowd, CMS will help you do it, no big learning curve involved.
DEV406 specializes in the WordPress CMS. WordPress is the most popular Content Management System in the world, making up nearly 27% of all websites in the world. If you are ready to explore what CMS options may be best for your nonprofit website, get in touch with us today at 406-545-2422 or on our website at /nonprofit-web-design/