So, you just had a glimpse of the post or heading and started scrolling away. Just when you thought it was nothing, you couldn’t let go of this feeling – Why would you want to explain CMS to a 5 years old?
I can give you many reasons, but let’s just say the psychology of a client responsible for an IT programme is similar to that of a child.
Like a child,
- The client would be hard to get convinced, especially when he is unaware of something new.
- The client would have qualms about moving to another thing, in this case a new platform.
- The client would want more for what he gives. Like a child, who only agrees to share his toys when he gets more in return.
- Last but not the least, the time a client would be willing to listen to you, as he would have many things going-on in his mind.
So on and so forth…
What is a CMS? ..Or.. What is a Content Management System?
If you know this already, please skip to next part – which I promise is much more exciting than this one.
If you are still here with me, then you must want to know about it.
CMS, is nothing but an application or a platform which allows you to drive your digital content, from a centralised (server) location.
All your templates, pages, and assets are at a common place; which along with components can be used across site and markets (which are copies of one master site).
So, if you were to launch your site at multiple locations across the globe, then you could have the same layout, use same assets (where possible), yet make modifications where needed.
The best part, you can achieve that from a single server and rollout any change across these sites, just by modifying it in the master copy. Moreover, you can make specific changes to these live copies, at will.
Now then, that was a brief about the CMS. I hope you got a fair bit of idea.
Or was it not what you were looking for?
Nonetheless… Let’s move on!
How to explain a CMS to a 5 years old?
- It’s like a train set. You can align the tracks anyway you want, place the station wherever you want, and latch any bogeys with the engine to run the track.
How you design it, it’s your imagination.
However, these basic building blocks should sync to make it work, otherwise the engine would derail and never reach the station.
- You know that painting book you got or the stencil which you use, it has pre-outlined figures which you can readily use to draw and paint.
There is a suggested design or the colour pattern, should you follow. However, the creativity is yours.
- Imagine, you have multiple cut outs of a flower which you can colour differently and then place them on a sheet to create an image of a bouquet or a garden.
The content management system is similar to that; it provides various building blocks which you can use one or more time to create a page or a list of pages, so that you don’t have to create them afresh, time and again.
The only difference is, you use computer software instead of white paper.
[Good luck explaining what a computer and a software is. Look at the bright side, you have something to communicate and engage with the kid.]
With this kick starter, let’s see how many ways or different approaches you can come up with, to convince a child and make him understand.
Age is just a number!
If you can convince a 5 years old, you can convince a nagging client!
#YesICan #Negotiation #ArtOfConvincing #Leadership #Communication
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