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    In previous posts, I was told that websites with CMS are generally worth more.
    I have heard CMS about many times, but I have never completely understood what it is and how it works. I would like someone to explain CMS in detail:
    (what is it, how it works, advice on any good online CMS serivces, any other information)
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    Who told you that? A site isn't "worth more" just because it has a CMS. A site is worth what it's worth based on revenues, profits, and/or projections of future revenues and profits. Now, can a CMS impact revenues and profits in a positive manner? Yes. It can also impact them negatively, if the users of the CMS don't know what they're doing or write horrible copy or something (and yes, I've seen that happen.)

    A CMS is a "content management system". The simplest explanation is that it's a way for non-web-types to be able to edit the content of their websites. Now, what goes into a CMS depends on what that CMS is supposed to be used for (a blog, a website, a storefront, a whatever). But that's the general idea.

    Now, a developer can make more by selling a CMS as part of the site since it takes more time to set up/develop a CMS. That might have been what you read. But that has no impact on the site's value.
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    I'm not 100% sure who told me, so I don't want to call the wrong person out. What they said is if one of my designs was CMS'd, it would be worth 1000 pounds, but if it wasn't, it would be worth around 500 pounds.

    In your personal opinion, is it really necessary for me to investigate CMS more and try to apply it to future websites?
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    That depends on your client base and what they want. Some people want a web designer/developer to do everything with their sites. Some want a little bit of control. Some want all of the control.

    I would say "yes, if the need arises."
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    Thanks. That really helped
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    Guys that was me.

    Personally I find all my clients want me to design and cms the site. All of my cms sites so far cost over 1000, latest one cost the client 2500. Yes it can be quite expensive but if people need it they will pay it.

    I do agree with Game with the client base... If a client wants a website but only has say 450 for one, granted there will be quite a few restrictions but I will do it... 450 is more than 0
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    I always charge more for any kind of CMS - not only is it more work, but also I will not be getting ongoing maintenance revenues either, so I have to take that into account somewhat as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaMare, post: 213808
    I always charge more for any kind of CMS - not only is it more work, but also I will not be getting ongoing maintenance revenues either, so I have to take that into account somewhat as well.
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    And of course, in a CMS, the pixels may be free range, but the data needs to be fenced in with a database, and fencing doesn't come cheap - the more complex a paddock (table) layout you have, the more it's gonna cost ya.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaMare, post: 213810
    And of course, in a CMS, the pixels may be free range, but the data needs to be fenced in with a database, and fencing doesn't come cheap - the more complex a paddock (table) layout you have, the more it's gonna cost ya.
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