Website Content Management System

In this article, we will get an overview of website Content Management System (CMS).

When first website was put on internet, it was created using HTML language that had specific HTML tags surrounding the actual contents of the website. It was information availability across globe 24 by 7 that made world wide web popular and many websites soon were developed with HT ML. 

Whenever these website contents required updates, it was a job of website developer to rebuild entire HTML page, taking care of HTML tags and layout in a way to make updated contents readable. These are termed as static webpages because content remains static to HTML page. 

This limitation was soon realized considering the need to provide updated information more often and periodically. Managing HTML pages became costly affair and need arised to separate website content from webpage’s technical layout. These are called dynamic webpages. Contents are primarily pulled from database through query scripts and are populated into final webpaage. 

This separation of content from HTML gave birth to Content Management System.  A system that allows to create, edit and delete webpage content without having a technical knowledge of webpage developer, is called Content Management System.

Key features of CMS:

1. A simple web content editor that gives visual display of webpage layout so that user doesn’t have to take a wild guess on how the final webpage will look like.

2. Variety of webpage templates to choose from library. Templates are like blueprint of website. They define overall webpage structure, text area, images area, navigation bars, etc.

3. Variety of webpage themes to choose from library. Themes give look and feel of final webpage. They define font types, font sizes, color schemes, etc.

4. Version control of contents for traceability of webpage content updates.

5. Archive of contents for making webpage lighter with relevant content and for maintaining historical data.

6. Scheduling of content so that periodic content updates are reflected timely and accurately on final webpages.

Based on your business type, your website can make use of Content Management System to work on its contents –

eCommerce – An online store has a huge advatange of adding, deleting products using CMS. And to make end customer’s online shopping experience delightful, a shopping cart option is provided by CMS.

Blog – If your website has a free flowing information updated regularly, such as blogs, CMS provides good option to create, edit and delete blog contents.

Small businesses – Small businesses can make use of SEO friendly CMS to increase visibility of their websites.

There are variety of CMS softwares to choose as per your business type. There are open source options as well as paid options. Some of the good CMS softwares are WordPress, Magento, Drupal and Joomla.

Magento is good for ecommerce website. 

For blogging, WordPress is good. 

Drupal is good for small businesses who wants to take care of SEO as well. 

Joomla is good for small businesses who want cheap and easy maintenance of website.

Overall, WordPress is rated high as the best CMS available in the industry.

We, at Butterfly Themes, have designed and developed CMS websites in WordPress, Magento and Drupal.  

In this article, we have seen website Content Management System overview.

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