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What is CMS (Content Management System)

Wikipedia says a CMS is
“A content management system (CMS) is a software system that provides website authoring, collaboration, and administration tools designed to allow users with little knowledge of web programming languages or markup languages to create and manage website content with relative ease. A robust CMS provides the foundation for collaboration, offering users the ability to manage documents and output for multiple author editing and participation.

Most systems use a content repository or a database to store page content, metadata, and other information assets that might be needed by the system.”

I use WordPress CMS, now a lot of people confuse WordPress and think it’s just for blogs. It is a CMS that is very good for blogs but it’s also a very powerful website CMS as well. Some of the big names use WordPress for their website these include CNN, Samsung, Wired and Mozilla Firefox to name a few. The main advantage to WordPress is that its open source this means people can use the source code to build plugins and add ons. There is a huge community of developers working on every aspect of WordPress.

So what does this mean for me?

In the modern face paced world everything is changing quickly from prices to information, with a CMS system your website can change as well. A lot of my clients are looking for a website that they can manage once built and that is where CMS is brilliant. As a developer I build the style and layout of the site in HTML, CSS and javascript and for most people they have neither the time nor the interest to learn. With the old 5 page brochure sites this was all it was built in, so if you wanted to change anything you either waded through code or paid the developer more money to change it. With CMS once the styling is done and the layout is sorted you can login to a nice easy admin panel and update the content just like you would on Microsoft word. You can even add new pages and of course have an easy to use blog. But that’s not all because WordPress has the ability to be built on and added to, as you go along. So you can add picture galleries, forums, news feeds, social media links and probably one of the best things about WordPress is the ease at which it can incorporate e-commerce. This means if you have a basic site now, but decide in a year’s time you want to sell online it doesn’t mean a new site as your current site can be added to. The other main advantage of WordPress is the security, being a system used by industry there are lots of programs to ensure security is bulletproof, which means industry strength security on your site.

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