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Why edit yourself?

A website you can edit yourself is par for the course these days. Most web developers are able to offer it. These days, with the web being all important in your presence in the market, having regularly updated content is vital. It shows your visitors that you are active in the development of your business, and search engines like Google treat it as a positive activity for ranking your site.

 

Options available, free:

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So how do you go about having a website you can edit? Well there are a couple of options available. Firstly is a free site like a blog, try https://www.blogger.com. You can actually end up with quite a nice looking site with such tools. The main restriction is the level of control you have over the look of your site, and whether you can plug in extras like an online store.

 

Options available, paid:

This takes me to the second option, a content management system (CMS). The setting up of which isn't really for the faint of heart, but if you have good tech skills it's possible. The real learning curve is adapting a CMS to a website design. It takes a lot of coding and fine tweaking. Of course any good web developer can do this for you. Essentially, once set up, you can log into your website from anywhere, and edit any text and images you like. From the content editing point of view, it's not really any more difficult than editing a Word document, or posting on Facebook. Here's a couple of the most popular CMS systems out there:

 

Joomla

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Joomla is free to download and use. It is a mature product, and millions of sites have been created using it. It has a large variety of add-on features, a good development community, and is pretty easy to get support. As it is a well used product, should anyone want to have work done elsewhere, there are plenty of developers around who can work with it. That way no-one is tied into some bespoke system.

I develop the majority of my sites in Joomla (this site is Joomla!). I use it because of the wide range of support available, and the ability to use extensions to achieve almost anything. Some of the useful add-on features include picture slide-shows (check out my home page), video players, mailshot tools, full online store systems. The list goes on. Check out the extensions website for an idea of how much is there: http://extensions.joomla.org/

 

Wordpress

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Wordpress is one of the other mature and widely used CMS systems out there. It is perhaps a bit more polished than Joomla, though not quite as versatile. The differences are fairly minimal. I have chosen Joomla for it's marginal greater flexibility, and it is easier to stick with one system as it takes quite a while to learn the coding behind the scenes. Wordpress has a good support and development community, and a quantiful range of extensions: https://wordpress.org/plugins/

 

Conclusion

Whatever route you go, it is the trend to have an owner-editable website, and for good reasons. A pretty good site can be had for free, and a good developer can build you an editable website with all the functionality and finesse you could want. That is the joy of modern web technologies!