Content Management System (CMS)

Overview

Often abbreviated CMS, a Content Management System is a user interface (back-end system) for controlling the content of a website (front-end). Rather than “hard-coding” content into a webpage, a CMS allows an administrator with no programming knowledge to enter content into a simple form.


CMS Advantages

1. Easy Customization

Many CMS have built in page templates which allows for pages to have a similar look and feel.

2. Low Cost

Today, many CMS are free or affordable and are beneficial for businesses that don’t have massive resources.

3. Simple to use

Here is a good rule of thumb. If you can use Word then you can handle a content management system. Most CMS provide a editor that has a full range of editing tools.


CMS Examples

1. Web ModuLITE

Web ModuLITE is a content management system developed by Blue Fountain Media. It is more flexible than other platforms due to the fact that it is tailored from the ground up to suit a user’s specific needs. Web ModuLITE is designed to allow users to keep a website updated with fresh content, and save time and money by allowing any team member within an organization to update it.

2. WordPress

WordPress is an open source platform used as a tool for publishing blogs and customized into a content managements system. WordPress is easy to set up and is great for blogs and informational sites.

  • Visit Tuts+ for tips on using WordPress as a CMS.

3. Magento

Magento is an excellent CMS for ecommerce websites and provides online merchants with flexibility and complete control. All versions of Magento are paid except The Magento Community Edition which is the only free version.

4. Drupal

Drupal is a community supported and widely used open source content management system. Drupal is used by global sites like The Economist and The White House.

I recommend reading CMS Comparison for further information on benefits and disadvantages of various content management systems.


CMS Resources

TutsPlus
CMS Critic

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