What is Content Management System – Types and Uses – In this article, you will find out the answer to these questions.
You may have heard about Content Management System (CMS) but did not know what it is all about. In this article, I will address what a content management system is, types of content management system and uses of content management system. Let’s get started.
Content Management Systems (CMS) refers to web software applications that are used for the management, creation and modification of various digital contents on the internet. It helps create a supported environment for web content management (WCM) as well as enterprise content management (ECW).
A content management system is a channel through which contents like databases, documents, texts, audios and videos are managed on the internet. A content management system is the basis of all websites or blogs existing on the internet. It’s like a foundation through which websites and blogs are created, designed, managed and modified.
The core features a Content Management System must have includes the following :
Core features of a content management system are:
This will always make the first place even though this article is to be written about a hundred times, yeah. A content management system must have an effective security system which will protect it from DDOS attacks, malwares and other vulnerabilities. The internet nowadays is not safe so it is the work of the developers of a CMS to make their platform secured and impenetrable.
A content management system provider must always develop and push out timely upgrades to their platform users in other to meet up with the current modalities such as performance, bug fixes and new features. The updates may be done periodically.
A content management system is multilingual in nature, that is it supports multiple languages. It’s said that a lot of people using the internet nowadays do not communicate in english, they prefer their country’s language though English is a universal language spoken, written and understood by various countries in the world. A content management system will provide option to translate your platform to your own native language aiding easy communication and management of your platform. Users of your platform can also use this feature for translating the platform into their respective languages.
A content management system do provide support to their clients. This support may either be free or comes in form of a prepaid plan. Clients will be able to live chat, open support tickets or call if they come across any technical issues with their CMS, or need help setting up their CMS. Online guides are also provided to potential clients who intends using their CMS.
A content management system is always responsive to all its users devices. Though content management system was created initially to be computer friendly, it must also be mobile friendly. The truth is about 70% of the internet traffic now comes from mobile phones. So that’s the main reason a content management system must be mobile friendly. It must be responsive to all screen sizes(big, small, medium).
A CMS must provide a means of customization for its users. The admin of such CMS will be able to craft the CMS as he deem fit, design and program it the way he wants. In terms of customization, it mustn’t be limited. Clients will be able to customize their CMS using various theme and templates, change the look and feel etc.
EASY TO USE DASHBOARD
Various CMS do strive to make their administrators dashboard to be easy to navigate, simple to use and easy to understand. A CMS should not be that complicated but you as a client must have a light knowledge on how to set it up. You can do many important settings from your admin dashboard on your CMS. You can add contents and remove contents to your cms using your admin dashboard.
Another important feature of cms is being seo friendly. Search engine optimization (SEO) is really important in CMS. It determines how your CMS(blog and website) will be ranked on Google and it is based on how you write your contents and using suitable keywords on your site.
Having knowing the features of a content management system, it is important to know the various content management system available for web developers/web designers who those who intends owning a site or blog. Below are some content management system :
WordPress is the most widely used cms and it powers over 35% of blogs and websites on the internet. The reason being that wordpress is easy to use and also very customizable .You can use it create a website or a blog.
Drupal, Wix, Joomla can be used to create a blog or website. Blogger is a cms used to create a blog. I wrote about creating a blog using Blogger.com – See How to create a simple blog using blogger.com.
Mybb, zenforo and phpbb are strictly for online communities or forum websites. Forum websites are membership websites with top level membership privileges.
Wocommerce, PrestaShop, shopify are for e-commerce websites. They are used for building and designing online stores for selling of goods, products and services.
So this is just a handful information about what you need to know about Content Management System. Thanks for reading.