What Is A Content Management System?

There’s a lot of ways to build a website to display your content, products and services. One way you can do it is by creating everything from scratch. This includes the CSS, HTML, the database, administration panel etc. That’s obviously very complicated, especially if you just want a quick site where you can show your content. Another option is a content management system (CMS).A content management system (CMS) is a type of software application designed to help webmasters create, edit and publish their website’s content in an organized manner. Users who have never run a website before will be able to find a CMS that will make it easy to manage your website. Organizations use CMS to manage their website’s pages, text, documents, pictures and just about anything else found on their site. Content management systems may also be referred to as web management systems.

CMS software is designed in a manner where minimal technical knowledge is needed to use it. A CMS is particularly useful for coordination purposes when there are a number of users who regularly work on the same website. A web CMS will help your organization to keep track of every version of each page on your site, properly structure the content creation process, provide consistency on every web page, reduce duplicate content and much more.

Why Choose A CMS?

Whether you represent a company or are just an individual who wants to share their content on the Internet, the first thing you need is a piece of real estate to call your own. This is your web hosting account from A2 Hosting. You also need an address, otherwise known as a domain name.

However, just like a shop owner cannot launch his business in an empty lot, you cannot share your content without a website attached to that domain name and hosting account. Building a website can be as complicated as constructing a physical building. HTML, CSS, JavaScript, databases, and administrative controls either require years of study to perfect if you want to do it yourself or money to hire an expert.

Another option is a content management system or CMS. Some popular options include WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal.

With a CMS attached to your hosting account, the structure of the building you want to do business in is provided for you. All you need to do is choose the paint colors, decorate and furnish it. When this concept applies to a website, it involves posting and maintaining text, graphic, audio, and video content.

Five Top Benefits of Using a CMS

Installing a content management system on our powerful web hosting platform makes almost every aspect of owning or running your website easier. Whether you already understand the inner workings of the website and how it is structured and maintained or have never delved into this before, you will receive the same benefits when choosing a CMS.

1 – Posting New Content Made Simple

A few simple clicks and a bit of typing is all you need to create a new website page focused on your specific niche or keyword. In many cases, the page link will be automatically added to your website’s navigation menu with no extra effort on your part. Likewise, adding a blog post that includes text, graphics, or even video can be done in a few minutes with no headaches.

2 – Edit Content, Layout, and Style Smoothly

Pages and articles can be changed by simply navigating to them in the user-friendly admin controls and pressing a few buttons. Although the content is the main focus of a CMS, they also allow you to make changes to the style of the site that are automatically puplished across all the pages. 

Without a CMS installed, you would have to delve into CSS code and make changes to the stylesheets to reflect the new color or layout. This ability puts more control of the look and feel of the website into the owner’s hands.

3 – Access by Multiple Authors or Creators

Not only can multiple employees or site owners access all parts of your website, make changes, and add content, all of these changes can also be tracked and managed so no one is stepping on anyone else’s toes. CMS options have user settings that allow the administrators to permit access to certain parts of the site while maintaining security on others.

4 – Automatic Security and Updates

Best practices for website creation and doing business on the internet change frequently. With a reputable content management system on your side, these changes cannot get out of hand or be ignored. Anyone who accesses the control panel of a website using a reputable CMS will be reminded of updates and backups. This keeps your website not only compliant with the latest development, but also reduces the chance of glitches, errors, and security breaches.

5 – Growth and Expansion Without Excess Cost

As your site grows, so can your CMS. This is another place where a CMS shines. Creating a website with 100 pages is as simple as creating a single page. The process is the same. The only time or financial outlay necessary is to create the content for the pages.

No matter what industry or niche you or your company represents, a strong and accessible Internet platform is necessary for success. Once you have your domain name and hosting account set up and ready to go, a CMS can provide structure and guidance necessary to build a website even if you lack knowledge or experience with design or coding.