What is Content Management System (CMS) and Which One Should You Use For Your Website?
This is going to be a very important post. In this blog post, you are going to learn about CMS.
1. What is CMS?
2. Why you should consider using CMS instead of building everything from scratch?
3. Which CMS should you use for your website?
Nowadays there are many companies talking about different CMS platforms.
What is CMS?
It is a content management system.
What does that mean?
Let’s say that you want to start a blog or just the website that you want to use to showcase your products or your services.
The other important reason would be of course you can set up a website if you are a software engineer or web developer but that website wouldn’t be that easy to use to the general public.
So if you’re building for someone who is not familiar with technology as you are, you better use a proven CMS because a content management system provides all the tools to manage users, to manage content, to apply beautiful layouts, beautiful ready layouts to your website or web applications to some point. There are CMS platforms out there designed for web applications and there are content management systems available for general website or web blog users.
Some of the popular CMSs out there which you could have already heard of Drupal, WordPress Joomla, PrestaShop, Magento, Typo3, SharePoint, MODx, DotNetNuke and I think WordPress is the best of them.
This is a very powerful content management system. In terms of structure, it’s a little bit messy. It’s not following the modern architectures of the web but it’s been kept updated. There are plenty of plugins that’s something very important about WordPress because you can find plugins for basically anything you want. If you want to add social features to your blog or your website you can find plugins to do that for you. If you want to capture leads there are plugins to do that as well and of course, there are plugins to build membership, areas for your users.
One more powerful benefit of WordPress is that it has multiple themes out there.
If you want to change the look or layout of your website or weblog you just go ahead do a google search you would find an abundant event thousands of different themes out there, obviously, free and paid but as long as the option is there you would be able to use them.
One more advantage of WordPress is the theme side of it and the ability to change the look event with the least amount of effort and energy. WordPress is an open-source platform meaning you can do your own changes or you can hire someone to do the modifications for you and make it work the way you want it to work.
Tumble is another example of a content management system. You can ask what type of content management system
It is a content management system combined with social media and basically building your weblog on a platform which has deeply integrated social capabilities. Tumblr can have its own themes as well but in terms of plugins it’s not as advanced as WordPress and of course, it’s not open source meaning you can not change the functionality of it.
But one good thing about it is that it gets lots of traffic. So it has the people’s attention though and whatever you put out there you get a higher chance of getting exposure rather than if you self host your own WordPress based website or weblog then you need to start generating traffic for it. But if you do a good job at building a Tumblr blog then basically you get traffic and you get the social side of things- a kind of integrated with your own weblog and consider that Tumblr is used mostly for blogs rather than websites.
If you are building a website you might as well go with WordPress because of the freedom and because of flexibility that WordPress brings with itself and there is a new type of content management systems which is not using a database. So WordPress when you install it on your own server, a so-called self-hosted, you need to set up a database and it stores all the information, all the blog posts, and user information into a database.
There is a new kind of content management system and it is database-free. One example of CMS is Stacey. With this content management system, you do not need any database to work which makes it really portable. You may easily transfer it to the website from a directory and paste it on a separate directory on another domain. So that is a new kind of content management system coming into play essentially taking away the need of a database. This form of CMS utilizes text files, rather than using a database.
This is a really brief description of what a content management system is. It is very powerful and obviously if you are starting out you better use a proven content management system preferably WordPress because it has majority of the plugins and themes as I mentioned.