Have you ever wanted a website which is easy to create, update, and manage? The requirements can be diverse like a business, an event or a portfolio. If you need a website, the user-friendly and faster way to create it would be via a CMS. In this article, we will be exploring the definition of a CMS, the pros and cons of a content management system website, and the most popular content management systems.
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What is a CMS?
A CMS (Content Management Systems) is a software used to create, update, managing, organizing, and publishing digital content. CMS’ make it easier for people that hail from the non-technical background to do all of the above.
Most CMS programs include version control, indexing, search retrieval and much more. In addition to creating and updating content, it allows you to manage users and assign different permissions to them.
Pros of CMS
To arrive at a decision on whether CMS is the right option for you, let’s look at some of the advantages of a CMS.
Differential content and design
The greatest advantage is having your content separate from your design and functionality. People with zero technical knowledge can at least create, add, and update content on the website without messing with the code.
Selective Access Permissions
Every user can be assigned certain roles like administrator, editor, subscriber, etc. These roles give the users to access certain parts of the website. It is a good security measure as users would have restricted access.
Updates made on a website using a CMS are effortless and fast. Sections like the header, footer, and the sidebar can be changed through the website dashboard.
SEO for a website is made easy with CMS. You can add custom page titles, metadata, and custom URLs. There are plugins available that can help you optimize your website further for SEO.
Templates and themes available in CMS’ are responsive. Responsive websites contribute to brownie points for your SEO.
The good news is the basic framework is free. You just need to pay for additional features like a high-end design or extra security.
Cons of CMS
Now that we’ve discussed the pros of CMS’, let’s discuss its disadvantages.
Risks with Security
There are many hackers that can find a large number of ways to hack into your website. However, such hacks can be avoided by installing certain security plugins and implementing two-factor authentication.
With CMS’, it is a challenge to get the website done exactly the way you’d like it to be. It can be overcome with a correct amount of expertise and skill even though it may involve a little extra funding.
Minor Speed Issues
CMS’ store some aspects of a page separately and then load it when the page is requested. It causes the website to lag. The solution to a lagging website is by installing an effective caching plugin.
There is a limitation in functionality while using a CMS as there are some things a CMS can’t handle. Executing that functionality would require some amount of code to be re-written. It is only a setback if you require certain functionality.
Top 3 Content Management Systems
It started out as a very simple blogging platform and eventually grew to be one of the most powerful CMS’ we have today. It has an administration interface that is simple and intuitive that it can be used easily by over millions of bloggers who in turn translate it over an extended version of WordPress. It can accommodate a number of authors at the same time, it is capable of SEO, It has an expansive library of plugins, it can be customized according to choice and it has over 27000+ free plugins to its name.
An award-winning CMS, Joomla enables us to build pretty powerful online applications. It comes with several aspects like ease of use and extensibility etc. One of the most popular CMS’ that is available so freely in the market is the model-view-controller for web-application framework and can be used independently on the CMS. Specifically, the advantages of Joomla are variability in extension, capability for content management, a strong and robust developer community and over 7000+ free plugins. The disadvantage is that it lacks any capability for SEO. It has only limited access to the control list and not completely intuitive.
The popular website created using Joomla is that of Harvard University and MTV Greece.
Easily one of the most functional open source platforms for CMS that is available today. It allows for easy editing of the editing directly on the page. This, in turn, is extended with the use of various modules. Drupal is flexible, powerful, it is stable and SEO-capable, and comes with over 24,000 free plug-ins. The disadvantages are that it comes with a very steep learning curve. It has very few choices for themes and very few free plugins and superior quality-wise. Some of the best websites created out of Drupal are White House, Taboola, The Economist.
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