What is a Content Management System (CMS)

Content Management Systems, or CMS, are abstract concepts which are used to describe a type of system, that manages content on a website. This makes it much easier than editing raw code files every time you want to make an update, for example, creating a new blog post. Imagine editing code files every single time you wanted to make a Facebook update! Without Content Management Systems, that could be a reality. The key difference between content management systems and flat HTML/PHP is that the info displayed as HTML/PHP and received by PHP is stored in a database. Once this information is stored in a database, anything can be done with it easily. Database queries are extremely efficient. If you would like to visualize a database, picture an Excel Spreadsheet, with columns and rows – and they are pretty much exactly the same thing! Simply one is built for web format; one for user format.

Intuitive Usage of Information

Once this information is in the database, we can render it however we like. In whichever order we like, however we want it to look, and send the information from the database to other specific parts of the website that need the information, etc., so on and so forth. In this light, there is almost no reason NOT to use a CMS. The only specific reason would be if you were a die-hard programmer, but even the best programmer would likely use a CMS because it helps you keep your work organized on all levels. The leading CMS at the time of typing this is WordPress, which is used by CNN, Forbes, New York Times, Sony, Best Buy and much more. It’s a free software, and very extensible to use for programmers, as well as very friendly for people who aren’t as tech savvy. It’s a swiss army knife for web pages – allowing you to have a awesome blog, or an awesome website, or both fused together! It’s two native “post types” are Blog Posts and Web Pages. This allows you to keep your journalistic blog entries separate from your websites’ pages that are just “pages” rather than blog entries. You can use WordPress’s inherent editor in order to make beautiful web pages and blog posts. You can also utilize HTML fully if that’s something you’re interested in. WordPress is also highly regarded for SEO, Google respects the WordPress platform’s strength, ingenuity and general quality.

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