Website Content Management
A web content management system (also known as a CMS) is a website application that enables you to manage the content of your website. Content is stored in a database (often MySQL database) and browser based password protected tools are used to add, edit and delete content without having to access source code to make changes.
Why Use a Content Management System?
- Once a content management system is built, it makes managing content much easier. You no longer need to directly edit code, but can make changes easily right from your web browser.
- You have control of your website content and can make changes faster. You can edit content whenever you want instead of sending requests to your web developer and waiting for them to get done.
- You can build functionality into your website. Instead of just showing text and images on your website, you can easily add in features like photo galleries, blogs, reporting…
Types of Content Management Systems
There are many CMS solutions out there. I have worked with and reviewed many over the years. Currently I work with two types of content management systems.
- Custom Content Management Systems –In this case, I build a content management application from scratch. Web based tools are built to your exact specifications to match your unique website project needs.
- WordPress CMS– WordPress is free CMS software that is extremely flexible. Most websites I build I use WordPress ( mine are all built with WordPress). It can be customized with an infinite amount of features and functionality. It is a great website solution for most websites.