Creating static html pages from scratch was a time consuming and expensive proposition for the average person or company.
Content Management Systems (CMS) have been around for years but the first mainstream CMS were released by Microsoft and Lotus in the early 90′s and by 1996 it resembled something similar to what we have today.
Content Management Systems evolved into complex dynamic systems utilizing a database such as MySQL that allow you to create pages, add information, images and videos on the fly without any programming knowledge using a user-friendly interface.
Drupal, WordPress, Joomla, Magento and OpenCart are all open-source CMS that include a default template that can be customized to your needs and liking or you may purchase a template or find free templates readily available on the internet.
Here is a list of CMS and their uses:
- Type of website – Simple site to provide information about a companies service
CMS – WordPress, Joomla
- Type of website – Sell products online
CMS – OpenCart or Magento (Free Community Version)
- Type of website – Social Networking Site or large community based website
CMS – Drupal
What to expect from a Content Management System:
- Ease of installation and configuration
- Simple intuitive, userfriendly interface
- Regularly updated with security fixes and patches
- Search Engine Friendly structure
- Easily scalable with new functionality
- Large and helpful community
Make certain to evaluate a CMS before purchasing or putting money into customizing it and remember the main reason for any Content Management System is to make creating and editing content quick and simple.