Software to Manage Web Site Content (CMS)

In recent years the demand for content management systems (CMS) has increased, CMS software is installed on a hosting server, which then enables for managing the creation of html content. The main feature of a CMS, is that people with little or no programming knowledge are easily able to utilize the authoring tools, generating written text and images in a pre-defined layout.

Most content management systems require a database to store the site content, and details in XML files, giving flexible capabilities for presentation. The layout of the site content displayed to the viewer is controlled through a set of template files. The administration process is typically completed in a browser interface, which means a website owner can update content from any computer, anywhere in the world.

Building a CMS from scratch would be very time consuming and difficult for a web designer, but there is a long list of open source systems available to use as a building block. The design can be bespoke using graphics and css styles.

Below is a list of the most popular open source content management systems

  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • WordPress
  • Expression Engine
  • Frog

These content management systems are often used for blogging, Drupal and Joomla can be modified for just about any purpose. These systems are totally free to use and have massive open source communities, this means there are thousands of people supporting the systems and also further developing them.

Lots of large corporations and famous brands are using content management systems, the White House, MTV, FedEx, Nike, Ford Motoring, Discovery channel, Playboy & Nasa are just some of the biggest names known to use Drupal.

Commercial templates and extensions for content management systems have also become big business, with designers around the world buying them to help create beautiful sites with advanced features. Rocket theme seems to be just about the largest supplier of high quality commercial templates and extensions, releasing new designs every month.

A CMS site may cost you slightly more than a static HTML site from a web designer, but you will probably save money in long run, for starters you will not have to pay your web designer exaggerated rates to make the smallest of alterations. Secondly, CMS sites are easily upgradeable, with new security patches being released all year round.

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