What Kind of Website is Right for Me?

The World Wide Web has come a long way since the first sites appeared with little more than some text and a few low-resolution images. Websites are becoming larger, more dynamic and more powerful every day. However, just because the technology exists doesn’t mean your company needs all of the bells and whistles, particularly since every feature has its own development cost. One of the goals in developing a website is finding a scope and style that satisfies a client’s needs without straining his or her budget.

The type of website you need depends on the size of your organization and how you intend to use your site. If your organization is very small, a home-based business for example, and your website won’t require a lot of updating, a basic landing page may be appropriate for you. This is essentially equivalent to putting a poster up on the web that briefly explains your business and provides your contact information, so people will know how to reach you. 

If your organization is a little larger or you would like to have more information about your business available on the web, a basic HTML site with a few pages is probably a good choice. This type of website is akin to an online brochure that describes your company with a small amount of detail and provides your contact information. Sites of this variety are very cost-effective to set up. However, their primary downside is they are difficult to make changes to once they are built; unless you are familiar with HTML at the very least, you will not be able to add or change site content without professional help.

The solution to this problem is a website with a content management system. A content management system allows just about anyone to make updates to a website without any web development knowledge whatsoever. Generally speaking, updating your website with a content management system is no more difficult than sending an e-mail. If you plan on making changes to your website even as little as once a month or if you would like the ability to update and add content yourself, this is the type of site you need.

Having a content management system will also allow you to restrict some areas of the site to registered users and provides you with complete control over who in your organization is able to add or change content and what type of content each user is able to alter. With a content management system, you will be in complete control of a powerful, flexible and dynamic website.