Creating a Student Website: Why Use CMS Systems?

student web hostingCreating a website doesn’t have to be painful. You can also individualize content and create your own student website without having to know how to code. There are plenty of ways to get your information out there on the web – whether you’re looking at building a site for projects, a blog or vlog, starting your own business or featuring a portfolio. There are more ways to do it than you’d believe – and if you have questions on how to get started, we’re here to help!

CMS stands for content management system. To make it simple, this is how you’ll add and manage content on your website. Everything that you’ll feature on your site is considered content, whether we’re talking about pictures, videos or text. So the first step is deciding what type of content you’d like to feature. The second is pushing that content out there.

WordPress. One of the most – if not THE most recognized and popular CMS system, WordPress is easy to use and install and super flexible. WordPress gives fairly easy to follow instructions and there are forums out there to help you if you’re not technically proficient on the back end.

Joomla. Once you get it installed, you can use its drag and drop interface to configure your site to look how you want. Both WordPress and Joomla work on “theme” type systems where you can add a skin to your website that allows the look to be completely customized. There’s very little guesswork – for both, you just swap your own information into the existing info that’s in your theme or skin.

User note – we tend to like WordPress a little better due to less learning curve and flexibility. Keep this in mind!

WooCommerce. If you’re going with WordPress, Woo has a fun and flexible platform that will allow you to sell your wares direct from your own website. It’s fairly easy to install and use, so why not give it a shot? In the “Plugins” section of your WordPress dashboard, do a search for Woocommerce plugins and take a look at all the user-friendly, easy-to-configure options they offer.

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