What is a Content Management System

Posted on: October 19, 2011

So what is a content management system? A content management system (a.k.a. CMS)  is a software solution that provides website content editing. It utilizes administration tools designed to allow users with little or no knowledge of website design to create and manage website content. In most cases, if a user is familiar with programs like Microsoft Word, they will have little difficulty adapting to a CMS.

Most CMS systems use a database to store content, images, and other data assets that are needed by the system. The website displays the content to website visitors based on a theme design. These “theme designs” are also often referred to “skins” or “templates”. The administration can usually be accomplished via any web browser from anywhere as long as there is an internet connection.

The really cool thing is that at any later time, the “design” can be changed giving your website a brand new look without affecting the content.

Using a Content Management System

A  good CMS allows non-technical users to make changes to a website with very little training. A CMS may require a web developer to set up and add additional features, but it is primarily a website maintenance tool for non-technical users.

There is certainly a wide variety of content management systems. At Web Considerations, we have selected WordPress as our preferred solution. WordPress is an open-source blog and publishing platform that is used by over 14% of the world’s biggest websites.

WordPress is often used for a blog only but it is also a very popular content management tool due to its expand-ability and customization flexibility. By using WordPress, you can turn a normal website into a shopping cart, a members only site, sell digital downloads and many other functions that will grab and hold your website visitors attention.

Contact Us Today and we can help you start managing your own website.