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Can CMS a Webmaster make?

Are CMS really enabling every John Doe?

4:43 pm on Jun 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I hear the comment about how any John Doe can have a Web site nowadays thanks to blogs and CMS. Anyone can set up a domain in minutes and become an editor.

Yet, I find most of the folks who started small site at the time with me have not gone beyond what they started with. Most end up converting their site into Adsense parking lots where contents was once updated but is no longer updated.

Is this the fate of all small one person Web sites?

I find that starting a new site takes a tremendous amount of efforts. Although, I can create them by snapping a finger and adding a blog or a CMS overnight, adding the contents and organizing it is a lot difficult.

Hence, working on my existing well-developed sites is easier and I see benefits much faster.

In the early days of the Net, many people started small sites about nothing. One can see that many of those people are harder to find on search engines. In fact, it seems that Webmastering, even for hobbies or small niches has become a profesional's job.

I see new sites in my industry appearing all the time. When I look at them, I recognize the energy and optimism that they have and their often touted goal of bein up to date and filled with information.

I don't worry much about them because I know they won't last long. Their site are usually more graphic extensive, with complicated interface to maintain - that are difficult to update even with a CMS.

I see much of my early mistakes in their work. Yet I figure that only 10% will ever stick around. Hell, for some of my non principal sites, I often question myself about my continued involvement.

There are a lot of growing pains when starting a site and a CMS often is not the solution to all problems. In fact, the CMS often brings its own set of problems.

11:23 pm on June 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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CMS a webmaster will break.
4:16 pm on June 8, 2006 (gmt 0)


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I think treeline may be closer to the truth with the complexity of most true CMS systems today. I'd say an individual without significant web skills would be unable to setup Mambo/Joomla, Drupal, or Typo3 to create any kind of unique and functional website.

Oddly, a product like WordPress comes closer to the ideal suggested by Harry. It is really quite simple to setup, and can indeed perform simple CMS functions.

11:03 pm on June 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I see problems in CMS too,they bring their own set of problems like security,is someone break it,they will break the whole website and many more

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