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Bridget Black August 6th, 2021

Web development has come a long way over the past two decades. What was once an incredibly complex, time-consuming process has been simplified significantly through the development of software such as the content management system.

CMS platforms have evolved considerably since they were first introduced to the web development industry. As a leading web development provider, Newpath Web has been there for the entire journey. We pride ourselves on providing our customers with innovative, engaging websites and our status as a certified Kentico web agency reflects our quality of work.

We know that our clients want cutting edge digital experiences, so we consider it our responsibility to stay on top of the emerging CMS trends impacting the development industry.

What is a CMS?

A CMS is a type of software used by developers to build innovative, unique, secure, and engaging websites. Developers and website owners opt to use CMS platforms for a range of reasons, not least the fact that they make creating, uploading, and editing content incredibly easy.

Before the development of CMS software, website developers were forced to build websites from scratch, using code. This is an incredibly time-consuming process and also resulted in significant difficulties when it came time to upload new content to the website. Website owners need to understand how to code in order to update even the most basic of information.

Enter the CMS. The mark of a good CMS platform is how user friendly the interface is. Ideally, someone with extremely limited tech knowledge should feel comfortable making changes to the back end of a site built using a CMS.

Which brings us to how content management systems function. A CMS is constructed of two separate elements; the front-end and the back-end. The front end is also known as the CDA, or content delivery application. The back-end is also known as the CMA, or content management application, and is where website owners can easily make changes to their content and site structure.

Emerging CMS trends

Like any type of technology, CMS platforms are constantly evolving in-line with consumer demands. Web developers and website owners are the real beneficiaries of these emerging trends, as are, of course, web users.

Headless CMS

The development of headless CMS platforms emerged in response to concerns by online marketers about the future of their content. Ten years ago, most of us accessed the internet via a desktop computer, laptop, or at best, a smartphone. These days, there is an incredible range of different devices that are optimised for web browsing.

We may be more connected than ever before but that doesn’t mean that web developers have necessarily caught up. The development of innovative technologies, for example, virtual reality headsets, have presented a conundrum for developers and content creators who have never had to consider how their work might appear on new platforms.

The headless CMS solves this problem. A headless CMS features a content repository — similar to the back-end of a regular CMS, coupled with an API (application programming interface) that is designed specifically for each type of device. The combination of these two elements means that content can effectively be displayed on any screen, be it a smartwatch or a virtual headset.

Artificial intelligence

These days, web users expect a personalised browsing experience. Consequently, CMS platform developers have been hard at work incorporating technology into their software that enables website owners to capitalise on this emerging trend.

Chatbots, for example, have become a norm on many websites, whether they offer e-commerce or government services. As we come to learn more about the capabilities of artificial intelligence, you can expect CMS platforms to offer increased AI functionality.

Voice based functionality

Why take the time to type out a search term when you can simply command your phone to do the hard work for you?

That is the attitude of many web users and CMS developers have been hard at working making changes to their software to support voice based functionality.

Intuitive interface

CMS platforms have always been favoured for the fact that they are user-friendly. The mark of a good CMS is the fact that a complete tech novice can easily create, edit, and upload content.

In 2021, having an intuitive interface is more important than ever before. The Covid-19 pandemic has completely revolutionised the way that we work and remote teams have become the norm. Therefore, it is imperative that all members of your team feel comfortable working with the back end of your CMS.

Secure platforms

It seems that barely a day goes by without a report of another mass cyber hack. Security is a top concern for web developers and owners — security of their own data alongside that of their customers.

Consequently, CMS developers are expected to place a top priority on providing their users with secure platforms, full of features that are designed to protect user and customer data.

Newpath Web — your partner in web development

While CMS platforms are designed to make the process of web development easier, that doesn’t mean that building a website is a walk in the park. Fortunately, the team at Newpath Web are here to help.

Our experienced team of web developers have built countless websites for businesses across all industries. As a certified Kentico web agency, we know how to get the most out of a CMS and will deliver a unique, engaging website that reflects your company brand and ethos.

If you think your digital presence could do with a makeover, contact Newpath Web today.

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