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Web designers, like anyone, have good and bad days at work. But if they were to be honest with you, they would tell you that nothing grates them more than seeing websites they designed go down the drain. The reason for this is that designers, developers and Internet architects are always trying to build websites look great and perform as best they can. Their desire is usually to provide flawless designs that work for the client and boost the businesses sales as well as being a great example for their portfolio. The sad thing is that this plan doesn’t always take off, because their clients sometimes want to ‘manage’ sites for themselves.

The CMS-confusion

In the past, it was purely the work of designers and developers to build and manage sites for their clients. However, technological advancements have seen the introduction of CMS services like Drupal, Joomla and WordPress, and essentially, these tools give the website owner the idea that they can comfortably manage their websites without the need to call in the professionals.

Sure, CMS functionalities are designed for ease of use, but the reality is that these tools were made for professionals, and the reason was so that they can make the process of designing and managing sites faster and simpler. When client takes over the website from the developer, it is flawless, highly secure and as close to perfection as anything can get.

Then things go downhill

With the help of DIY strategies offered by builders and software companies, clients go about the business of ‘managing their sites’ with abandon. They tweak their fonts in ways they consider appropriate for their brand and they go about setting up images in the ways they believe will benefit their online presence. And because not everyone is a website design and management guru, this often means the performance as well as the aesthetic appeal just deteriorate. All this tinkering mutilates the site, making it hard to rank, which now affects its visibility to users.

For those who do manage to gain access, their experience is rather slower and duller than the original site so they’re unlikely to stay there long. As a result, the website develops a bad reputation, uses the wrong codes and becomes vulnerable to a variety of security risks. At this point, the developer will drop the site off their portfolio. The client will realise that things have gone south and may sometimes shift the blame towards the developer, which can be incredibly frustrating.

Redemption

There is an obvious need for clients to acquire the relevant training on website management as there are good aspects in the architecture of CMS strategies that allow clients to manage their own content, but sometimes websites are better left to designers. In addition to getting the relevant training and education on the management of their website, clients should always work closely with developers and designers because these professionals understand every inch of the websites they design, allowing them to inform clients of how to manage their specific sites.

Web designers, like anyone, have good and bad days at work. But if they were to be honest with you, they would tell you that nothing grates them more than seeing websites they designed go down the drain. The reason for this is that designers, developers and Internet architects are always trying to build websites look great and perform as best they can. Their desire is usually to provide flawless designs that work for the client and boost the businesses sales as well as being a great example for their portfolio. The sad thing is that this plan doesn’t always take off, because their clients sometimes want to ‘manage’ sites for themselves.

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