The CMS (Content Management System), is a web based software system that you can manage your website. With the use of the content management system, the site owner is able to upload photos or videos, modify the contents of their site and generally manage the website without having the knowledge of programming and the computer.
By using a content management system, you can easily manage a website without technical knowledge. For example, you can add new content to the site, edit content or delete content. You can even change site settings. Content management systems make it easier for programmers to work. Site designers choose a CMS instead of building a system from the begining, and edit it based on customer needs.
In general, content management systems have two parts:
- The public section of the site or the front: in fact, the part that the users see.
- Admin Section: A site management section that only administrators have access to. Administrators can access the admin area by entering their username and password to manage the content and settings of the site.
Types of Content Management Systems
So far, many systems have been produced with different applications, and almost 90% of all types of websites can be launched with a content management system. For example, blog management systems, forums, online stores, Q & A systems etc. . Content management systems are usually released with three types of licenses:
- Commercial: To use commercial CMS, you must pay a license fee to the manufacturer.
- Free: There is no need to pay for free CMSs, but the software source code is encrypted and you can not make any changes. Source code for this type of project is sold separately.
- Open Source: Open source systems are released completely free with source code. You can change these systems and use or even sell them. WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, PHP-Nuke etc. are examples of successful open source CMSs that have many websites built with them.
You can choose one based on your needs and the advantages of each CMS. But our main offer is WordPress. WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system due to its superb performance and ongoing updates as well as the availability of thousands of plugins and themes.
What is a proprietary content management system?
Although there are many content management software on the market that cover almost any kind of need, in some cases, programming is required to be done on a proprietary basis. Government agencies, banks etc. require a proprietary content management system. The cost of proprietary programming for a content management system is very high. For example, a university management system that deals with university related issues, is a kind of proprietary content management system that has been costly to generate it. The system of banks is also fully customized.
A proprietary content management system also has:
- Optimal use of server resources
- Removeable unnecessary code to increase site speed
- Unavailable site codes for the public
But CMS also has some disadvantages:
- Very high programming cost
- High cost to upgrade and increase facilities
- The severity of the system expansion if another programmer wants to work on it
So we conclude that, if we exclude large corporations, such as banks, the best way to set up a site is to use content management systems. The advantages of these types of systems are:
- Low startup cost
- Save time in creating and updating web pages
- More compatibility and strength
- More flexibility
- The availability of thousands of themes and plugins
- Powerful SEO
- Higher website security
- Reduced data entry
- Significant reduction in maintenance costs