CMS (Content Management Systems)

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“We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.”- Marshall McLuhan

Today I am going to write about Content Management Systems. What are they and what is their purpose?

Well, nowadays they have become more and more popular. A CMS is a platform where one can manage his own data to create a lovely website or a blog. You no longer have to be an experienced web developer to create your own website. There are quite a lot CMS platforms out there but I tried to list here 5 of them, which I truly recommend:

  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Business Catalyst
  • Magento

Whether it is a large or a small company, an individual or a small team, more and more people rely on a CMS structured website today.  Why? Because it is really easy to use, once you get your head round it. You can easily update your website with the latest news, photos from an event your company has recently made or change your company’s address in case you relocated.

Even though people use them for creating blogs (just as I do at the moment), they can do so much more! For example, did you know that ebay relies on a CMS? Or NASA‘s website? They do have so many advantages :

  • most of them are free to use
  • they are very secure (70% of the US Government Websites use CMS)
  • they can handle thousands of visitors
  • don’t require you to be an expert in coding (friendly interface)
  • allow you to integrate loads of plugins (easy to connect with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN etc.)

I still have so much to tell you about them, but I don’t want to bore you, so it’s enough for one day! I’ll continue presenting key facts about CMS, who invented them and how they influence the online environment in my next post.

Just don’t worry because now with CMS is easy for everyone to create and manage afterwards their own personalised website.