Questions to Ask Before Hiring Someone to Build Your Website : CMS

Q. What type of content management system (CMS) do you use and will I be able to make updates to my website without contacting you?

These two questions go hand in hand. Your ability to update your website comes down to two things: what CMS your site is built on, and to what extent the developer(s) made this possible.

For most clients, we recommend WordPress as a CMS. WordPress is exceptionally versatile, currently powering approximately 30% of all websites. As a developer, WordPress allows me to create websites that when finished, can be managed and updated without any coding knowledge, which is invaluable for businesses that don’t have a developer on staff.

While WordPress websites can be developed in this way, often times they are not. Making a website which anyone can update requires significantly more time and effort by the developer so beware of bargain-priced websites as they’re likely to provide little to no control over them. To avoid a situation where you need to hire a developer just to update an image, make sure you ask what aspects of the website you’ll be able to manage and be suspicious of bargain-priced websites as you’re likely to get what you pay for.

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About Chris Schmieder

As a member of R&J’s creative and digital team, Chris is responsible for creating and managing numerous web sites for R&J’s clients. His skills in writing and editing languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP, enable him to turn code into interactive webpages, and bring clients’ brands to life through responsive, mobile-friendly websites.

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