What Is A Content Management System?

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A content management system (CMS) is an application used to manage web content, enabling the creation, editing and publishing of multiple contributors. The material in a CMS is usually stored in a database and, based on a set of models, presented in a presentation layer.

The following are the basic features of a CMS:

  • Content creation (allows users to easily create and format content)
  • Content storage (stores content in one place, in a consistent fashion)
  • Workflow management (assigns privileges and responsibilities based on roles such as authors, editors, and admins)
  • Publishing (organizes and pushes content live)

Benefits of A Content Management System

One significant benefit of a CMS is its collaborative existence. Multiple users can log in to the content to be published and contribute, plan, or edit it. As the interface is typically browser-based, any number of users can access a CMS from anywhere.

The second major benefit of a CMS is that it helps non-technical individuals who do not know programming languages to build and manage their own web content easily. A typical content management platform’s WYSIWYG editor allows users to enter text and upload images without the need for any HTML or CSS knowledge.

When a company uses a CMS to publish its pages, it decreases its dependency on front-end developers to make website improvements, making it simpler and easier to publish new content.

CMS Examples

While there are hundreds of CMS platforms, some of the more popular ones are listed below:

  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Magento
  • ModX
  • Squarespace
  • Wix
  • Weebly

What to look for in a CMS

It is helpful to analyse the information management processes of your organisation and overall business priorities with regard to the publication of content when selecting a content management system.

You will need to start by listing the business issues that you are trying to address and any particular specifications that you might have. This will help you select the best content management system rather than the most popular or well-liked, the one that supports your business requirements.

CMSs come in all shapes and measurements, each with its own set of characteristics and advantages. Others are best suited to blogging; others can be adapted to pricing and accounting functionality features on eCommerce pages. Depending on the needs and resources of your organisation, details can differ.

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