Streamline Your Business With A Content Management System

Streamline Your Business With A Content Management System

By Stacey Brooks

I talk with so many people who have small businesses and would like to have a web presence but don’t know the first thing about how to even get started. Some of the reasons I hear are:

- I don’t know how to build a website.
- I have enough work to do… when am I going to maintain a website?
- I don’t want to keep paying someone every time I want to update my website.

So when I tell them they CAN have a website without the technical knowledge, without taking a lot of time, and without hiring a webmaster, they are eager to find out what this incredible solution is.

The solution is a CMS!

What the heck is a CMS?

A CMS is a Content Management System. CMS’s are the newest technology for the non-technical business person to easily maintain a website without technical assistance. A CMS can be quickly installed onto your existing website, contains its own database that stores all of your website information, and gives you a nice user-friendly administrator window that allows you to easily update everything on your site without having the need to understand html or hire someone else with technical knowledge.

You can publish your own articles, newsletters, calendar events, run your own forums and chats, display photo galleries and much more! All of the content is completely under your control. So when you get that GREAT idea in the middle of the night, you don’t have to call your webmaster. You can simply log in and make the changes yourself!

A content management system can be used for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications. Some of the features include:

  • Advertising management (banners, etc).
  • Media (images, documents) upload and management.
  • Content display scheduling.
  • Content syndication (RSS).
  • Internationalization (interface translation).
  • Advanced and separate system administration system.
  • Advanced package/addon/template deployment system.
  • Simple but powerful template system.
  • Hierarchal user access groups.
  • Basic visitor statistics.
  • Multiple WYSIWYG content editor support.
  • Simple polls.
  • Content voting/rating system.
  • Extended user profiles.
  • Forums.
  • Media galleries.
  • Document managers.
  • Templates.
  • Scheduling Calendars.
  • Categorized Weblinks.

Content management systems are popular because of their ease of use, diverse functionality, and user-friendliness. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself a CMS and spend your time running your business… not maintaining a website!

This article was added on: January 21, 2005

About the Author:

Custom Community Websites by Diva Net. Stacey Brooks is a Software Developer and Web Consultant with over 15 years of programming experience in corporate industries such as timeshare vacation rentals, parks and recreations, manufacturing and distribution, securities trading, and medical practice systems in addition to her web development projects for communities, clubs, organizations and small businesses.

If you’re not sure whether you need a Content Management System, take a look at our list of very happy clients on our website at http://www.divanet.biz, or email Stacey at: staceyabrooks@hotmail.com.



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Seven Sources of Funding Your Business

Seven Sources of Funding Your Business

By Massomeh Indanan

 Are you all ready and raring to go to launch your small business, but still lack that financial boost? There are many ways to get the capital for your business idea. I have here several really good sources for finding the funds to get your business started or to make it grow.

1. Family and Friends

Some people are lucky they can borrow money from friends or family to start up a business. Compared to credit cards, this doesn’t put your credit rating at risk, but it surely can put your family reputation on the line.

2. Government Loans (SBA)

This is short for the U.S. Small Business Administration, a government agency that helps Americans start and manage small businesses by providing loans, disaster assistance, advocacy and training. www.sba.gov

3. Peer to Peer Lending (Prosper)

Prosper is an online auction site where people can lend money directly to each other. Borrowers set the maximum rate they wish to pay and lenders set the minimum rate they want. Prosper matches borrowers with lenders and manages loan repayment. Lenders can get started with as little as $50 and borrowers can receive unsecured loans up to $25,000. www.prosper.com

4. Venture Capital Firms

A venture capital firm is a financial intermediary that pools the resources of its partners and uses the funds to help entrepreneurs start up new businesses.

5. Home Equity Loan

It is sometimes called a second mortgage. Borrow from a bank or mortgage company using the equity in your home as collateral.

6. Credit Cards

It can be tempting to start-up your business with money from a credit card. Be careful to at least make the minimum monthly payments to protect your credit rating.

7. Angel Investors

The typical angel investor is a retired business executive or business owner. Angel investors can usually provide more money than friends or family, and credit cards.

The loan usually ranges from $20,000 up to 2 million.

www.inc.com

All of the above resources are equally useful in their own rights. You just have to know which one is more beneficial to your business and situation.

Choose Wisely.

This article was added on: April 16, 2006.

About the Author:
Massomeh Indanan is the webmaster of www.prosper.com and www.agentsofvalue.com


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