Content Management System


Content Management Systems
Website Designed for Non-Technical People

A web content management system (WCMS) is a software system that provides website authoring, collaboration, and administration tools designed to allow users with little knowledge of web programming languages or markup languages to create and manage website content with relative ease. A robust WCMS provides the foundation for collaboration, offering users the ability to manage documents and output for multiple author editing and participation.

Most systems use a content repository or a database to store page content, metadata, and other information assets that might be needed by the system.




Advantages

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Some content management systems are free, but require a large investment in time. It requires much of your time to learn, configure, administrate, setup and create different content like video galleries. These CMS programs are designed for non-programmers who aren't familiar with php or html. But the truth is one really does need to be an advanced programmer to configure and tweak them to exacting specifications of a truly custom website.



* WordPress is the most popular content management system. It originated as a blogging CMS, but later evolved into a fully-fledged CMS.

* Joomla! is a popular content management system that can be used to easily create and edit webpages, but it is more complex than Wordpress.

* Drupal is the third top used CMS and originated before WordPress and Joomla. It is more difficult to learn and understand than the above two CMSs, but is the most secure. It powers the White House site.
Some content management systems are free, such as Drupal, TYPO3, Joomla, and WordPress. Others may be affordable based on size subscriptions. Although subscriptions can be expensive, overall the cost of not having to hire full-time developers can lower the total costs. Plus software can be bought based on need for many CMSs.

Easy customization
A universal layout is created, making pages have a similar theme and design without much code. Many CMS tools use a drag and drop AJAX system for their design modes. It makes it easy, but not fast, for beginner users to edit front-ends and design.

Easy to use
CMSs are designed with non-technical people in mind. Simplicity in design of the admin UI allows website content managers and other users to update content without much training in coding or technical aspects of system maintenance.

Workflow management
CMSs provide the facility to control how content is published, when it is published, and who publishes it. Some WCMSs allow administrators to set up rules for workflow management, guiding content managers through a series of steps required for each of their tasks.

Disadvantages
Cost of implementation
Larger scale implementations may require training, planning, and certifications. Certain CMSs may require hardware installations. Commitment to the software is required on bigger investments. Commitment to training, developing, and upkeep are all costs that will be incurred for enterprise systems.

Cost of maintenance
Maintaining CMSs may require license updates, upgrades, and hardware maintenance.

Latency issues
Larger CMSs can experience latency if hardware infrastructure is not up to date, if databases are not being utilized correctly, and if web cache files that have to be reloaded every time data is updated grow large. Load balancing issues may also impair caching files.

Tool mixing
Because the URLs of many CMSs are dynamically generated with internal parameters and reference information, they are often not stable enough for static pages and other web tools, particularly search engines, to rely on them.




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