What Is CMS Technology

Posted: Aug 21 2019, 3:46am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 21 2019, 3:49am CDT, in Technology News

 

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What Is CMS Technology

Content management system (CMS) technology refers to software and processes being used to build a website. It facilitates creating, organizing, editing, and publishing content, such as blogs, articles, press releases, statistics, and reports. One of the most popularly used CMS is WordPress.

When it comes to CMS technology, you can use templates to guide you in creating and managing digital content. Also, you can freely customize your website using plugins to make it more appealing, secure, faster, reliable, and engaging to your audience.

In this post, you’ll learn more about CMS technology and how it can help you achieve your business goals by building an excellent website for a stronger web presence.

Type of Content Management Systems or CMS

The widespread use of content management systems nowadays involves the more convenient and faster creation of powerful websites without requiring a high level of programming knowledge in setup, customization, and maintenance. CMS can be categorized into two main types, which include the open-source content management system and a proprietary content management system.

  • Proprietary CMS

This type of CMS means that someone owns the CMS software or application’s rights. This is why you need to get a license or permission to use it. But even if you have already obtained a license, you may still be prohibited from making copies or duplicating the CMS. Also, you might be restricted from creating changes or making any alterations to the CMS application unless you purchase a developer’s license.

Most “build it yourself” website services are using proprietary CMS. Building a website “live” using their tools will only allow your website to work when you keep within the CMS of the company. However, if you try to transfer your site domain somewhere else, your website might be converted to another format or may no longer work.

The two biggest downsides of using a proprietary CMS system include limitations or restrictions as to where you can host your website and the license costs. Many web host companies are not supporting proprietary CMS. This is why the lack of portability is one of the major reasons why most small business owners prefer using open-source CMS.

  • Open-Source CMS

When it comes to the most popularly used open-source CMS running on PHP (the scripting language suited for web development and embedded into HTML) are WordPress and Weebly. It is wise to make a CMS comparison before making a final decision regarding which open content management system to use.

An open-source program can be used for any purpose and doesn’t require a license. It means that anybody can use an open-source CMS. Also, you may customize open-source CMS without requiring asking any special permission.

Here are the important benefits of using open-source CMS:

  • Open-source CMS is cheaper. You don't have to pay for any upgrade or license fees.

  • You don’t have to sign any contract or agree to long-term commitments.

  • You can develop various open-source applications. Choose from countless free plugins, modules, and complimentary tools. No need to hire a professional web developer.

Why Use CMS?

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With CMS, you can use pre-built templates so you can launch your web pages quicker. You can also customize those templates. CMS offers a lot of advantages, such as being a lot more convenient to use and faster than coding from scratch, most especially if you don’t have any coding knowledge and skills.

Here are the benefits of having a CMS-powered website:

  • Website Management: Create a website with multiple pages and make additions or changes to your site down the line. Editing existing pages, publishing new pages, adding an online store, and creating web forms is easier if you have a CMS-powered website.

  • Production: With CMS technology, you can accelerate your website production because more CMS platforms are using pre-built themes.

  • Customization: CMS has front-end interface so you can make changes to static pages, adjust texts, and change photos, among others.

  • Multi-User Support: A CMS is most suitable if you want to create a website with multiple features, services, and run a blog section. You can easily create user accounts and assign a role, like an admin or contributor to each user. CMS is ideal if you regularly publish blog articles and update product pages on your site.

  • Previews and Testing: With just one click of a button, you can easily make changes as compared to using HTML, which is a bit long-winded.

Conclusion

CMS technology has replaced HTML in many ways, making HTML-only websites intended for one- or two-page sites. If you want a more dynamic, functional, and easy-to-use website builder, CMS is better than HTML. Also, an open-source CMS is preferred because you don’t need to ask for permission or obtain licenses to use it.

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