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CMS Guide

What is Content Management System?

A Content management system is defined as a structured method for creating, editing, and updating website content. Usually a content management system (CMS) is a portal like system where almost every aspect of the website and design are setup using the content management system.
It's a software program that is designed to, well, manage the content on your web site.

Why Use Content Management?

The main reasons to use a CMS are speed and simplicity. Most site managers don’t have the time to learn either HTML or a coding language to create a dynamic or even static website. By using a CMS most of the hurdles are easily overcome. Once the initial CMS is setup correctly, all website maintenance tasks become simple and routinely.

Which is the right CMS for my job?

It is important that you understand the type of content you wish to manage because it determines the CMS you need to use. This will help you to trawl through the numerous options available to find the right system for you. Another issue is usability. There are some systems that are easier to use and further developed, mainly due to the efficiency of the software.
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What are the CMS types?

There are different types of CMS for different types of content. The nature of the content or ‘digital record’ e.g. video, text, graphics, blog etc dictates the type of CMS which means that there are numerous options to choose from.
A web content management system (WCMS) enables a user to create or amend a web page without the need for the requisite technical skills.
These systems or ‘enterprise content management systems’ (ECMS) handle the content, assets, records and other information that defines the structure and hierarchy of an organization.
Mobile content management systems (MCMS) were originally designed for the business to customer (B2C) market but have expanded to include business to business (B2B) and business to employee (B2E).
Component content management systems (CCMS) are a special type of system which manages content to a deeper level.

What is an Open Source CMS?

The popularity of open source systems such as WordPress and Joomla are increasing all the time; this is due to their cost-effectiveness, ease of use and access to help from a community which is linked to that particular brand of CMS.
The beauty of an open source CMS is easy access to the source code, low cost/free, stability, community support and the option to extend the functionality via a series of add on’s. Examples of add on’s include a blog, wiki, form, RSS feed, tags etc.
The most popular open source CMS are:
  • WordPress
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • Mambo
  • Plone
  • CMS Made Simple

Which are the advantages of an open source CMS?

There are several advantages to using an open source system which include:
Low cost: the source code can be obtained for free and the support provided with this system is often cheaper than a commercial CMS.
Flexible and easy to customise: the easy availability of the code means that the system can be adapted to fit any business requirement.
Support: solutions to CMS problems can be found via a community of developers who provide advice on any issue.
Open platform: an open source system is designed using any open programming language such as Java, Python, PHP etc. These popular software platforms have a wealth of support and information accompanying them which is accessible to the developer and content editor alike.
Ability to share resources: an open source CMS enables the ability to share resources between companies and large organizations such as public sector bodies. The benefits of doing so are distributed between these companies which save time, reduce costs and boosts productivity.
Integration: the ability to extend and personalise an open source CMS means that it can be integrated with other software, for example XML.
Trial evaluation: these systems can be downloaded for evaluation purposes before implementation. This enables the developer to fully test the system and to compare it with others before making a decision. Further comments in the form of feedback can be obtained from the community support.
Instant error resolution: these systems by their very nature are open to the opinions of their support community. So if a problem arises a member of the community will offer a solution to the problem. Open access to the source code means that very often, the problem can be solved by the developer.

What is a Commercial CMS?

Commercial or propriety systems are still a popular choice of CMS for many people who are reassured by the technical support, service level agreements, safety and security.
There is also the fact that many commercial systems are already ready-built which means that they are quicker to implement than many open source systems.
These systems tend to be well established which means that they show signs of longevity and have a solid, reliable and professional feel to them.
The advantages of using a commercial CMS are: stability, usability, support and advice and a good documentation.

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