Understanding Content Management Systems

April 17, 2009 |  By Design Action Collective |  Categories: Content Management Systems

cmsWhat is a Content Management System (CMS)?

A CMS is a dynamic back-end for your website that allow you (the client) to manage the content of your website using an online system. You need not have any knowledge of HTML at all; All you got to do, is select the page you want to edit, and edit your content in a window that looks just like Microsoft Word!

What is an Open-Source CMS?

An Open-Source CMS is a non-proprietary back-end system that shares it’s code and it’s systems online amongst an open community of developers. The community of developers that work with a specific open-source CMS are constantly adding to and updating the system to make it better. Technical support for the system is also available freely via online forums. We greatly support this community-supported system for web development.

Kinds of Open-Source CMSs

There are a variety of open-source CMSs available in the world of web. Some commonly used ones are JOOMLA , DRUPAL , WORDPRESS , AMP (Activist Mobilization Platform developed by Radical Designs ) and . None of these is better or worse than the other. The web developer will often chose a CMS based on project needs. It is good to share the scope of your website with your developer and have them guide you in the selection of an appropriate system.

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