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Web design is an important consideration for all kinds of people, from small businesses to artists building a portfolio to large corporations .  Every company needs a website, but there's more to it than that .  Good quality web design is required to make even the simplest site readable and easily navigable .  This is where graphic designers come in .

Depending on a client's needs, a designer can produce a simple page with minimal information (contact details, hours of operation, directions and similar important facts) or a complex multipage site made for use by many people .  The type of web design involved is going to be dictated by the scope of the site required and the particular needs of the client .  For a relatively small page that won't change much, traditional HTML is quite useful, but for a larger and more complicated site, a CMS, or content management system may be a good idea .

CMS based sites allow the addition, removal, or changing of content from multiple locations, and make it easy to alter a website without causing problems .  This kind of web design is an excellent choice for companies which don't employ a webmaster, artists who need to update their galleries regularly, and sites that have special content (such as members only) .

Content management systems offer a user the ability to do a portion of their own web design through a simple text editor - a lot like Microsoft Word or other major word processing programs .  This means that people without a background in web design can still add or remove content, expanding the site as they please without the need to hire a designer for every change .  For a large, dynamic website, this is the ideal solution, as well as the most cost effective one .

Systems of this kind usually also make use of a database for storing artifacts, content, and other information the system might need - usually in XML format .  Then, there's a presentation layer based on a set of web design templates that actually displays the content to viewers of the website .  Plug-ins and modules can be added to extend the functionality of the site, as well, and active CMS software is updated regularly to keep the website up to current standards .

However, for a small, simple page that won't change often, has only one maintainer, or doesn't include a lot of information, a CMS is overkill .  The money spent on the content management system and the web design could be a lot less if a basic HTML page were used .  In this example, the CMS is unnecessary and its features aren't being taken advantage of properly .

It's important for web design professionals and their customers to know which approach to use in which situation .  After all, while a CMS might have all the latest features and be great for use in some circumstances, it'll be a waste of time and money on another website .  Careful attention to this kind of problem is extremely important .

Anyone who's going to be involved in web design should take the time to consider which type of website is going to get the job done best .  For complex sites that need to be editable by untrained staff and which change a lot, a CMS is the best bet .  However, web design for a simple, static site doesn't need to be that complex .  It all depends on the situation .

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