How to Build a Scalable Website

When choosing a content management system (CMS), it’s important to look beyond the present needs of the website and also consider the long-term plans. It may seem easy to start with the most intuitive CMS and quickly start publishing webpages, but have you considered what the website will look like a year from now, or ten years from now? Will the CMS that you chose support scalable design, fast response times, and exponential growth?

Building a scalable website is often essential for the long-term success of a website. While many content management systems may seem equal, some may not be completely upfront regarding their lack of scalability. A poor content management system might muddle the vision of your website and cause you to run into unexpected problems with scalability and website performance. Glass is among the most transparent content management systems out there. See everything you need to make the best decisions for your website. See it all through Glass.

Last updated May 10, 2022

Scalable Web Design

Scalable website design

What is scalable website design?

A scalable website design gives your site a competitive edge in today’s digital world. But what exactly is a scalable design? What makes a website scalable? Let’s take a closer look at two key elements to creating a website with scalable design.

Pages can be quickly and efficiently managed.

Performing updates to existing pages shouldn’t consume months, weeks, or even days. Efficiency is crucial, and a simple change should be quick! If you wanted to change the color of the menu on the entire site, you should be able to do it in a few simple steps. Without the ability to perform changes at a larger scale, your website is in a precarious position if Google search algorithms are updated and your webpages don’t meet the new standards. You’ll either need a large workforce or a lot of time to roll out changes to every existing page. Otherwise, you may find yourself with your hands tied while your site's rank drops in search results.

Webpage responsiveness.

This means that no matter what type of screen your webpages are displayed on, the CSS adjusts the layout to be easily navigated. Don’t worry, though, no coding experience is required to successfully make a responsive web design! A good content management system will take care of the CSS for you behind the scenes, and all you need to do is click and drag elements to reflect how you’d like the layout to appear on mobile or desktop. The important thing to note is that users want to find information fast. If a desktop layout appears on a mobile device, your website performance (particularly your webpage speed) is impacted, and it’s likely that the users will quickly bail on your website faster than the page can load. In fact, responsive design is so important that Google’s algorithms can check your pages to make sure they have responsive web designs.

How do you create a scalable website?

Scalable webpage content

Creating a scalable website can be done from scratch, but can involve an enormous amount of knowledge, time, and labor. Building a scalable website is easiest using a scalable content management system (CMS). With a scalable CMS like Glass, you’ll have the ability to design the layout of your page for desktop and mobile, allowing the browser to automatically switch between the two as necessary. Glass will allow you to preview the content before publishing in both desktop and mobile layouts, and offers a variety of features to improve the mobile and desktop user experience. 

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