CMS is an abbreviation for Content Management System, The website you are looking at now has been fully created in a CMS.
At the time of this writing (July 2018), there are many CMS systems available. This site is created using the free and Open Source WordPress.
Why would I want a CMS?
I can’t tell exactly why you would or if you want a CMS. Let me tell you how it works and how I use it. After you finished reading this article you may decide for yourself if you want or need one yourself.
There are two ways a CMS can be used:
- As a Content creator and editor (me),
- As User (you).
- I am the Content Creator (Content Manager). Since I installed the software so I am God on this system. I can do everything, There is a difference between Pages and Posts. Pages are meant to be static (Once posted their content will not change) WordPress will (Depending on the Configuration) Automatically make a new menu item for every Page. Posts however appear under the Blogs Menu and can be changed always. For simplicity both Pages and Posts are further named Documents.
- You are the user or reader. You can’t do anything but read and it you want comment on the documents.
- For me creating documents is not difficult. The procedure between Posts and Pages is practically the same. The only difference is that Pages can have a level, and it’s parent can be chosen, which will be reflected in the menu hierarchy. Posts don’t have this option. They appear under the Blog Menu Item. Since I have all the freedom as the Content Manager I create a “Featured Articles” area on the Home Page (a Page named Home) where I created links for Articles which I put a lot of effort in and of which I’m proud because they are special.
As I mentioned already there is not much difference between Posts and Pages. Creating Documents is easy. You just click on New and then select Post or Page. The rest is like filling in a form on the web. First you enter the Title, then one or more categories or keywords. Finally you start the actual writing. The buit-in editor is a wysiwyg editor (MS-Word like). Using a button you can switch between (wysiwyg) text and HTML. While you’re typing now and then the document is saved as draft. There’s also a button to do this. When you’re finished you can click the Publish button and the document is published.
You can link to internal or external webpages. In case of internal documents, select the text you want to make the link. Click the little link symbol on the top of the page. A small popup will appear above the link in which you can type or paste an (external) url or one or more words to find an internal document. You can click the right document from the list and it will turn into a link.
You always can choose how the link will open. In a separate tab or not. I made it a habit to open external links in a new tab and internal links in their own window.
Although it’s estimated that more than 50% of the Internet’s webpages are made by WordPress, it’s not the only CMS. Below are a few others mentioned which I also support:
Both are Java based and Open Source, although for Magnolia this has been unclear for some time since Adobe showed a lot of interest in taking over Magnolia CMS.
BLOG vs CMS
Because WordPress started as a Blogging system (which it’s still being used for), WordPress has more than outgrown its status of a blogging system.
In the meantime however WordPress has grown and is now by far, the most popular open source Content Management System (CMS), used by approximately 75 million websites.
WordPress is free to install, deploy, and upgrade. Thousands of plugins and templates power a flexible and simple interface, which reduces development costs and deployment time.
I myself have many years of accumulated knowledge and resources to deploy high quality websites using WordPress. Here are a few reasons why it’s the top choice for clients:
- The most popular CMS in the world
WordPress holds the largest CMS market share by far, and currently accounts for over a quarter of all websites. As a result, many users are already familiar with the WordPress CMS, requiring less staff training when building a new site.
- Open Source with room for expansion
WordPress can be self-hosted, so there are no costs associated with downloading, installing, and upgrading. There are more than 50,000 WordPress plugins (often free), such as slideshows, contact forms, SEO optimization, etc. For inspiration, check out 12 Plugins our Dev Team loves. Fresh Consulting licenses the premium plugins we deploy on websites, such as WordPress video manuals and easy website backup and restore functions, at no additional cost to you.
- Highly customizable for great flexibility
WordPress is popular because it meets the demands of many users with its flexible framework, which allows designers and developers to create and modify layouts and applications. Coupled with user-generated extensions, websites are no longer limited by enterprise extensions.
- Designed for anyone, not just developers
Before WordPress became a popular CMS for website development, it was developed for non-tech savvy bloggers. So, most of the user-interface components are easy to use, and there are written and recorded manuals available for easily learning how to use WordPress functions. Our team handles all the complexities of setting up and customizing your website; all you have to do is to update the content on pages, posts, widgets, etc.One of the premium plugins we provide to our clients offers both written and video user manuals for WordPress to facilitate on-boarding with the CMS.
- Lower setup and maintenance costs
According to DeviousMedia, WordPress incurs fewer setup, customization, and maintenance costs in comparison to other Open Source CMS like Drupal and Joomla. Additionally, it is relatively easier to find WordPress designers and developers if more customization or development is necessary in the future. You don’t get locked down by a static website or proprietary CMS that is costly to tweak after initial development.
WordPress can be a quick win for improving your customer experience. Contact us today to learn more.