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What Is Content Management System?

goigi_blog July 15, 2014 No Comments

You might have heard about CMS or Content Management System and wonder what it means.

Let’s say you want to get a website built for your blog. Now, you are not a techie who is familiar with web designing and programs like HTML, CSS, Javascript, JQuery and so on. So, obviously you will hire a web developer to design the website for you. The web developer charges you a certain amount and creates the blog for you using all these above mentioned languages. Sounds cool. Right? Except let’s say you now want to update your blog with new content (as a blogger, that’s what you will do, right?). You will have to call your developer and ask him to do so because you don’t know how to work around the HTML and other stuff. Now, if you call him every time you need to update a blog or edit something, one he will start charging you for the same and two, it seems trivial for asking to do something as simple as this.

Let’s consider another example. You are a non-techie but you have an excellent range of apparels which you want to sell online. You contact a web developer to design and CMS Platforms develop an e-commerce site which will list all your products and from where you can sell your range of products online. Now, let’s suppose, you want to change the stock availability status of a product or change the price of a product or probably just add a product, will you call your developer every time for doing such stuff?

Now, let’s imagine you gain access to a control panel which is a simple user interface which does not talk in code and which lets you make changes or create new content on your website without you having to know about HTML and other languages. This is exactly what CMS is. Content Management System is a system used to manage the editorial contents of a web site.

The following are the most popular CMS platforms which are widely used:

  1. WordPress – Mostly used for designing template based websites and primarily for blogs.
  2. Blogger – This is a CMS provided by Google dedicated for blogging.
  3. Joomla – a flexible tool which supports custom databases and extensions.
  4. Drupal – open source platform often used for designing community-based websites.
  5. Magento – Mostly used for e-commerce websites.

Depending upon the kind of website you want, let your web developer know that you want the website to be built on CMS and gain access to the admin panel of the CMS. Ask the developer to give you training on the admin panel for you to make changes or create content via the admin panel.Some CMS platforms are free to use that means they are open source, while some others require a monthly fee. Many CMSes give free basic components but charge for high quality templates etc. Before you decide which CMS to use, it is a good idea to review multiple options so you can select the one that best fits your website goals.

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