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What is Web Content Management System?

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There used to be a time when running a website was an unimaginable task for a person who does not have that much of knowledge about web development and web design. However if the website’s administrator is knows that what is a web content management system or CMS for his websites, managing a website is now easier than ever. CMS is basically a software designed to give you an environment where you can manage your can manage your website’s content easily and more efficiently without spending much time effort and even money on learning the techniques. You can learn to manage a website through clicks and keys and make updates accordingly. Managing the written content on your websites, blogs, online shopping store or any other online project, is now an easy task for even a layman who does not have that much knowledge about the huge world of web development and design. Web content management software lets you make changes according to your needs managing the text, uploading images and pictures to your website and even inserting documents and files right within the text.

Have look at some of the basic features that every CMS has,

  • It allows the user and content managers to have an easier control and access and gives you a complete security about letting any third party source access your web content.
  • You can always enjoy new features and perks through updates and integrations that one can attain time to time right according to their requirements.
  • A CMS is always designed in such a sense that more than one user can make any change or manage the content accordingly, that allows a better collaboration among the users and a productive environment to allows better work-ability.
  • CMS allows you to directly upload images and files to the server and one does not have to make any external source effort in this whole procedure.

When did we realize we need a CMS?

Managing the web content in the earlier days required one to have a complete knowledge of the media as well as the complicated procedures and techniques to manage the content of a website easily and professionally. Even a slight alteration among the some of the content had all the team of web developers and designers mobilized in order to get the required results.

The concept of an easy to use web content management software is not new, during the time of internet revolution in early 90s most of the web development and designing firms on their own had developed their personalized CMS so that their work-ability can be increased and the task be done in less time more efficiently. Still using such CMS required the user to have, if not all, some of the basic knowledge of its working and technicalities. To make it even better, features such as, easy editing and preview system were introduced so that one can see what changes are going to be made in the whole outlooks of the website, with reference to the editing that is to be made with content of the website. This allowed the users to have a prior look upon the changes before the implementation and finalization.

Some Early CMS

The concept behind a web content management software is simple, to allow the user to have a better grip on the content management with lesser knowledge of the complicated world of web development. Let’s see some the first generation Content Management Systems that are now developed into the most useful tools for content mangers.

  • RedDot

Founded in early 90s, this CMS focused on web content management with multi-users working on the server at the same time. With these features and its workability on a the live server allowed RedDot to open the new doors in the complicated world of content management that has now been made much easier and less painstaking.

  • Mambo

Mambo is the old name for the recent most appreciated CMS Joomla. Mambo’s easy to understand interface allowed the users to manage the websites easily manage their Blogs, Polls, Forums, News Flash and Web Search.

  • Macromedia Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver is also a well known name among web content managers. The venture was basically designed by Macromedia in 1997, however later in year 2005 it was taken over by Adobe and still runs under the banner. The Dreamweaver is compatible with both Apple’s OS X operating system as well as Windows.

  • Microsoft FrontPage

In the run of early CMS Microsoft also came up with its very own site administrator that was initially branded under the banner of Microsoft office suite however it later came up to be have a separate identity of its own.

These were come of the early CMS that opened the gateways to the modern and much easier CMS solutions. These early CMS software however still have some of the technical aspects that still made them not as much compatible with a regular user as the modern CMS software are. However with the increasing trend of Weblogs, or later defined as blogs, in early 2000s there needed to be a better and less complicated CMS that allows everyone, even a layman with a small knowledge of using the computers and internet, to have a better way to manage the content of website. Keeping these requirements under consideration in late 90s and early 2000s there was needed a solution that allowed the users to publish their blogs and manage the content in easier and efficient way. Keeping all these needs under consideration WordPress was launched that initially focused only on the managing the blog posts, however later the WordPress CMS became a fully functional Content Management System that allowed even large websites to be handled with quire an ease.

Some Modern CMS

Let’s take a look at some of the modern CMSs that one as a layman, can use to manag the content of the website with quite an ease.

  • WordPress
  • Joomla
  • Umbarco
  • DotNetNuke
  • Drupal

Similarly for those managing online shopping stores that are also some useful CMS available, some are given as following.

  • Magento
  • OpenCart
  • OsCommerce

Hence you can use any of these CMSs in order to maintain the looks and content of your website and make its better with no efforts and very ease.

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Azhar Iqbal

Azhar Iqbal, with more than 15 years of programming experience, posses a firm command over system analysis, system design and custom software solutions. He envisioned utilizing his extensive experience and expertise to elucidate Telephony Applications Development and design more practical solutions. You can reach him through his website or LinkedIn Profile.
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