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Web content management system (Web CMS)

A Web content management system (WCMS or Web CMS) is content management system (CMS) software, usually implemented as a Web application, for creating and managing HTML content. It is used to manage and control a large, dynamic collection of Web material (HTML documents and their associated images). A WCMS facilitates content creation, content control, editing, and many essential Web maintenance functions.

Administration is typically done through browser-based interfaces. Unlike Web-site builders like Microsoft FrontPage or Adobe Dreamweaver, a WCMS allows non-technical users to make changes to an existing website with little or no training.

If you're itching to build your own web site, but you don't know HTML or have the time to learn it, then you need a content management system (CMS)

If you're known as "Mr. HTML" around town, but your site is getting far to big to manage manually, then you need a content management system.

"What exactly is a content management system?"

If you're the marketing director for a company, and you've discovered a HUGE pricing error for that big promotion on your home page but it's 2 AM Sunday morning and you can't reach any of your techies, then you too need a content management system

However, if you enjoy spending money to hire a "designer" every time you want to freshen up your site, or add a new page, or promote a new product; and you like to wait forever until they get around to it -- PLUS you don't mind sending copy back and forth for approval, changes, approval and posting -- then you do not need a content management system. You need a shrink!

So, what exactly IS a content management system?
It's a software program that is designed to manage the content on your web site. What content, exactly? Whatever content you have including:
  • Products specifications
  • Prices
  • Features and benefits
  • Product illustrations
  • Product categories
  • Special promotions
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Privacy Statement
  • FAQ
  • Logos
  • Press Releases
  • Site navigation links
  • Contact
  • About Us

Get the picture? Most content management systems have a big bucket, called a "repository" where all of your content is stored. You use the built-in "WYSIWYG" (what you see is what you get) editor to create or update pages. You don't have to know anything about HTML because these things work like a word processor only for Internet content. Bold, underline, change fonts and sizes, add hyperlinks, attach pages to a menu; it's all there.

"You can even manage work flow by notifying co-workers and supervisors that there is new content in the CMS waiting for review and approval."

You can also use your CMS to "stage" future content. Got a big promo coming up in December? No problem. You can create the content in June if you want to. Then, when the big day finally arrives - click - and it goes live.

Your shiny new CMS also lets you place images anywhere on a page and upload them to your site with ease. Forget learning complicated FTP tools, your CMS knows all and makes you look pretty smart too!

Prices for a good CMS range from free or shareware, right on up to nearly the cost of a full-time designer. The good news is even if you end up opting for a high priced version, you won't be having to pay those huge consulting prices for the rest of your life like you do when you hired an employee.

A CMS isn't going to make you a good writer if you don't already have the tools. It can't draw pictures for you, and it can't give you feedback on your advertising strategies. It can keep you organized, your site relevant.

Content management system softwares

Based on PHP and the free and fast MySQL database, many web hosts now offer WordPress, Jommla and other cms softwares automatically installed and setup for you. If you have no idea what to do with this downloads, we recommend signing up with one of our web hosting partners that offers a one click install of WordPress or getting a free account on WordPress.com.

Things to Know Before Installing cms softwares on your own.

Before you begin the install, there are few things you need to have and do. You need access to your site and its directory and software to proceed with the installation. These are:

  • An access to your web server (via shell or FTP)
  • A text editor
  • An FTP Client (if you need to install on a remote server)
  • Your web browser of choice



Sponsors

Tool Description Type Hosting
Joomla Joomla is an award-winning CMS. It is suitable for creating personal and business websites. To your Joomla CMS you can add many extra modules and components which will enhance the value of your website and will enrich your visitors' experience. It provides refined and simplified menus and improved site and media management.

Free
Siteground.com
WordPress WordPress is an open source blog publishing application. WordPress has a templating system, which includes widgets that can be rearranged without editing PHP or HTML code, as well as themes that can be installed and switched between. The PHP and HTML code in themes can also be edited for more advanced customizations. WordPress also features integrated link management; a search engine-friendly, clean permalink structure; the ability to assign nested, multiple categories to articles; multiple author capability; and support for tagging of posts and articles. Automatic filters that provide for proper formatting and styling of text in articles are also included.

Free
Wordpress.com
Mambo Mambo is among the most powerful and commonly used Content Management Systems ever. With its help you can create simple as well as more complex corporate website. It provides a lot of wonderful functionalities, it has easy to manage control panel and is user-friendly. Mambo disposes of a growing community, support and template resources.

Free
Siteground.com
Drupal With Drupal you can easily build many different types of web pages - from simple web blogs to large online communities. Drupal's design is not as fancy as those of Mambo or Joomla!, but it is very easy to customize, has built-in search tool and search-engine friendly URL's as an extra module, discussion capabilities and news aggregator.

Free
Siteground.com
e107 With e107 the webmaster can create easy and quick business (intranet) or community websites. There is a powerful forums system as a built-in application and a high performance file-based caching in e107 CMS. It is released under the GNU General Public Licence.

Free
Siteground.com
PhpNuke phpNuke is another powerful Open Source portal application. It can be used as a weblog or as a CMS. The webmaster can add a lot of new features and customize the appearance of the website. PHPNuke is suitable for game clan and guild sites. Each user can post articles and comments. PHP-Nuke 8.1 can be ordered for only $12. Earlier versions are free software.

Free
Siteground.com
PostNuke PostNuke is both a weblog and a content management system. It also serves community-based web projects with its built-in discussion features. PostNuke is designed to offer more open development environment. It is very powerful and works in high-volume environments with ease.

Free
Siteground.com


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