What is a Content Management System?
A Content Management Systems (or CMS) is software that indexes and keeps track of files on a website. CMS is usually used for running larger websites with many pages. Its content can be anything and everything from text, videos, music, and other files. CMS is like having a whole team of webmasters working to organize your content so you don’t have to. As an example; this website runs using a Content Management System.
What Can I Do With CMS?
The possibilities are endless because CMS is so adaptable, you can pretty much do whatever you want. And because it doesn’t take much skill to operate, just about anyone can do it. CMS allows you to take lots (or small amounts) of content and organize it so that everything is easily accessible. You can edit premade templates and easily add new stuff. You can use interactive features and so can your users. On one of the most popular systems, WordPress, you can create a professional looking blog in minutes and allow commenting in seconds. With a little bit of HTML knowledge you can go even further; customizing templates until they’re completely yours.
Who Uses CMS?
Well for starters, Designev.com is run using WordPress CMS. Actually, most major websites you visit use CMS. Everything from corporations, Government, small businesses, schools, organizations, online news outlets, to E-commerce sites all use CMS. It’s no surprise that it’s the most popular form of web management software on the web today.
What CMS Software Is Available To Me?
All the major CMS programs are available to anyone for free. Most of them are open source and are easy to download. Installing though, can be tricky. This is why it’s important to have a good host. Nowadays, Most Hosting companies like Godaddy, Hosgator, offer free services to their customers that will automatically install CMS software to their hosting accounts. That way, you really don’t have to know anything about coding of programming. Here is a list of the most popular Content Management Systems. Just be warned that some of these are just for Linux hosting or just for Windows hosting, or both. Know which Operating System you use and if it’s compatible with your installation.
- Worpress – Great for bloggers looking to create a professional looking site. Just be careful; wordpress.org is the self-hosted version (you need your own hosting to support it). The other site, wordpress.com is the free hosted version (this is the version where your domain would be something like username.wordpress.com), this is not recommended if you are serious about owning your own site.
- Joomla! – The most powerful open-source CMS software out there.
- Drupal – This is a great system for small webmasters looking for big results. The only downside is that it’s only available to Linux hosted websites.
- DotNetNuke – A complicated yet easy tool, there are two versions to DNN. One is a community (free) version and the other is the professional version. This uses asp.net so Windows hosting is required.