Content Management

Content Management Systems

Explore the various content management systems (CMS) available that allow you to build a website without knowing any programming code. A content management system (CMS) is a computer application that allows publishing, editing and modifying content, organizing, deleting as well as maintenance from a central interface usually accessed right in your web browser. CMS's are often used to run websites containing blogs, news, and shopping. Many corporate and marketing websites use CMS's. CMS's typically aim to avoid the need for learning how to hand code a programming language, but may support it for specific elements or entire pages for more advanced users. There are many user forums where you can learn some of the basic coding elements to customize a content management system to your own unique style. However, most content management systems have an array of free and reasonably priced plugins that you can add to extend the capabilities of your system. If you need your system to do something unique, chances are someone else did too, and there is already a plugin or module for that. All of the open source content management systems also have free and low cost theme templates you can use to customize the style elements of your internet store without understanding the coding elements behind it. If you can send an email with an attached picture, you can probably figure out how to use a content management system fairly easily. Most people can get a web store set up in a few days or weeks using a content management system.

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Joomla Content Management System

Joomla! is an open source, scalable content management system that can be used as a massive website with millions of pages or a simple blog, and can incorporate an ecommerce store, social networks, and many other applications using additional modules and plugins.


WordPress is best known as blogging software, but is frequently used as a full fledged content management system or ecommerce catalog with the use of a few additional plugins. WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, used on more than 60 million websites as of 2014.