If you don't know what a Content Management System is; it's a secure area of your website that you, the site owner can log into and make amendments, more advanced CMS's allow the site owner to even add galleries and new pages.
With Google algorithms changing like fashion it is important to keep on top of your websites content, what works one month may be frowned upon the next month, its also a good idea to constantly tweak your content for a better Google ranking. Without a CMS you're stuck with the website in its original format and forced to return to the web design for any updates you may need, incurring additional charges
So why would a web design company omit this important feature?
There are a number of reasons that a web design company would knowingly omit this feature one reason is that they want continuing payments from you, each time you want something changed they'll invoice you for the work, these are usually "the to good to be true" web design companies offering cut price websites, in the end your end up payment more, these same companies usually charge extortionate web hosting fees too.
I've even know some amateur web design companies supply their client with a Wordpress site (more on Wordpress later) a web building tool with a built in CMS and still not supply logins.
Another common reason for a company failing to supply you with a CMS if that they are not web designers at all they are simply an I.T. company using downloaded drag and drop software to build websites so don't have the skill to code you a CMS.
So do you need to use Wordpress if you want a managable website?
Of course not, I hear this time and time again, clients come to us wanting a bespoke site to replace their Wordpress site and when we ask them why they choose Worpress they are either not aware that their previous designer just installed them FREE website software or they want to be able to update their site themselves and where told they had to have Wordpress.
Wordpress is a popular FREE website building tool and whilst great for personal websites and blogs the package simply isn't suitable for a professional, business websites and no professional web designer company should force you to have Wordpress simply because it has a built in CMS. A professional web designer can easily build you a custom CMS for your website that's easier to use and more streamlined.
A CMS is important and in 2017 rumour has it that Googles next big overhaul will focus of fresh, updated content and if you have a website that you can't update and tweak on a regular basis you're going to be left behind by your competitors.