What is a CMS?

CMS stands for Content Management System, and the name says it all. It is a point-and-click web-based interface that puts you in the drivers seat of your website. A CMS provides an interface that allows you to to create, manage, store and deploy content for your web pages without the need for a programmer. A CMS is not only responsible for managing content, but it also takes care of the "behind the scenes" work required to keep your site running smoothly. There are many different Content Management Systems. Some are proprietary, and others are open source, like WordPress, Joomla!, or Drupal.

Third-Party CMS

We are capable of using any existing CMS, such as WordPress, Joomla!, or Drupal. On some occasions, we have determined these were the right solution for the project. However, most often these systems are not the right solution for several reasons: First, these systems are well known, and consequentally, their vulnerabilities are known as well. Thus, they are easily exploited by malicious visitors. This is the reason why developers must continually create updates and security patches. Sometimes when these changes are applied to your site, it malfunctions. This requires you to employ a developer to fix your site. In worst cases, your site could be irreparably broken. The second reason open-source content management systems are poor solutions is that there are many software developers writing plug-ins for these existing Content Management Systems. While some of these plug-ins are great, others are not. Installing poorly desigend plug-ins may compromise security or bring your whole site down. There is also the possibility that a plug-in was designed to exploit your site for malicious purposes. What will you do if there is no plug-in that does exactly what you need?

Interlink's CMS

Interlink has built and maintains it's own CMS system. Because it is completely designed by our staff, all of our extensions & plug-ins are verified by our developers before they are implemented. Our developers are continually evolving our CMS, and those evolutions are pushed directly to your server, so you can benefit immediately from all the updates made. This means that our customization capabilities are unparalleled in the industry. Interlink's CMS has been designed from the ground up to be a fast, highly configurable, and flexible framework on which your site can be developed.

Why use Interlink's CMS?

Put the square peg in the square hole. Creating software for your needs is not the same as customizing existing software to do something for which it was never intended. Your business needs the right tool for the job, and Interlink has that tool. Here are a few more reasons why our clients choose to use our CMS:

Cost:

When cost is a factor for your development project, our CMS is just the tool to keep that cost low. Our CMS allows you to move the time consuming tasks in-house, offering you control of your content. Whether you need fresh content writing, or wish to change that shade of blue in the header, it's your call. In addition, our CMS will help you keep long term costs low. As your website ages, it will inevitably need changes. These changes can be made right in your web browser without the need to call a programmer.

Flexibility:

As your site's content evolves over time, you won't need to have to pay a programmer to make every change. Simple edits like changing a photo, logo, or even a link is made easy by using Interlink's CMS. Our CMS is capable of handling complex, in-depth changes as well, such as adding or removing entire pages. Even changing the entire look and feel of the site is possible and simple to do.

Connectivity:

Many of our clients tend to have several different software solutions for controlling various parts of their business. For example, a retail website may have software managing their warehouse, inventory control, and accounting procedures. Interlink will work with your software vendors to integrate our CMS into their systems. Imagine real-time inventory values for your website, web orders flowing directly into your order fulfillment system, and invoices automatically being put into your accounting system! Interlink will connect your systems and streamline your work flows.

Speed:

First impressions are everything. How fast your pages load will affect the public perception of your company's professional identity. Interlink's CMS is designed for speed. We use an intelligent algorithm to determine what information is being requested from your site. We then store that content in a way that maximizes retrieval speed. This translates into faster response times for visitors to your site.

SEO:

SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is extremely important for your site. If your site is not optimized for search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo, your company will not even be found when people search for your products or services! Interlink's CMS is designed to enforce good SEO practices. We make sure that all the content on your site can be found.