Many people are using content management systems to create, maintain and update their own websites. While this, in theory, seems like a great idea, often the results are less than professional-looking. While mismatched fonts, spacing and inconsistent headlines, along with pixelated photos may still look ok to you, the overall impression of the site becomes degraded.

Here are some practical tips to make your CMS application give your site more professional results and a better overall impression.

Why can't I just copy & paste?Woman working at computer

Word processing programs, emails, and other applicationsinsert all kinds of weird code into your html when you paste. The best way to avoid this is to either type directly into the htmlarea editor in your CMS or to copy your text then paste into Notepad, or some other plain text editor, THEN copy and paste that into your htmleditor (We prefer JCE). Once the stripped text is placed, you can then use the formatting buttons in your html editor to assign styles and text enhancements.

Style sheets are your friend.

Consistency is the key to a more professional looking website. Using the built-in stylesheets (CSS) with your template is the best way to achieve this. Rather than choosing specific fonts and colors, just use the predetermined styles, such as H1, H2, H3, etc. These are all set up withing the stylesheet and should go together to present a more consistent overall impression of your site (depending on the quality of your template of course).

“I still can't get it to look the way I want.”

No matter how much you highlight your text and change it, sometimes it still doens't do what you want. Two things can cause this:

  1. Stylesheet formatting not consistent with what you want to see:
    Most templates allow you to edit the CSS for your site. You can then change the styles to suit your personal preferences. A professional web designer can easily customize a template to suit your preferences.
  2. Errant code overlapping and changing the parsed style on the finished page:
    Most html editors allow youto view the code directly. If you are familiar with html, you can often find the extra code that is causing the issue and remove or change it. If not, call the pros!

The best use of CMS for the majority of online businesses.

We suggest getting a professional web designer to set thesite up with your new CMS, including customizing the templatewith your images and logo and the architecture that best fits the purpose of your site.

Then you can use your CMS to make simple text changes, and adding calendar dates, uploading new forms, and similar simple tasks.

It's always in your best interest to spend your time doing what makes you money! Unless your business is web design, this is probably NOT working on your website. So don't hesitate to call a professional web designer to iron out all those nitpicky details and give your site the most consistent, professional overall impression.

Contact us today to see how we can help!