A Content Management System is a just another type of website. It is a website that allows you to take control of your own website. It is what we term a "self-managed website". A Content Management System is a piece of software that is used to create your website, including the GUI or the look and feel. A Content Management System also allows you to edit and manage you website or content. Then, a Content Management System allows you to publish that content in a well organised way. All this done from the comfort of your Personal Computer.
Utilizing a Content Management System means that you don’t have the added expense of dealing with web site designers and webmasters, who can charge exorbitant fees, because you are able to edit, manage, and publish content yourself. You can even edit and manage your entire website your self. You may be asking how can I edit a website without technical knowledge? You might say, I do not know any HTML or I am not a programmer, or I know nothing about the Internet. The answer is that you do not need to have technical knowledge to figure out how to change aspects of your website via a Content Management System. You merely have to know how to edit a simple document in a word processor like MS Word, or even a document editor like MS WordPad. Having your website as a Content Management System allows you as the end user to update your content on a regular basis and in a timely fashion, which is very important as websites have to be kept up-to-date to be effective with clients as well as search engines like Google.
Content Management Systems are frequently used for storing, controlling, versioning and publishing documentation such as manuals, operator manuals, technical manuals, sales documentation, brochures, news articles and various other types of reports. Some of the content that you may be responsible looking after, editing and publishing as part of a content management system might include binary files, multi-media such as images, audio and video files, and electronic documents as well as other web related content.
Having a content management system means that you will have to log into the system and be authenticated before you can administer any area on your site. This give you great control and security as to what goes on and who is able to administer your site. You could have multiple people who have permissions to administer either the entire site or only certain aspects of your site. Some of the tasks that you may perform within your content management system will include adding new pages, adding new modules, moving pages around, updating text, adding graphics, administering site members, sending e-mail and newsletters, changing web site colours, even deleting content will be one of your tasks.
So what exactly is this content that you will be administering? Content is basically any type or piece of digital information. This could be an image or a piece of text, a graphic or a video. What the digital information is depends on what your site is about and what type of information you need on there in order to promote it correctly. The content on your website is anything that is likely to be managed in electronic format.
Simply put, a Content Management System is a software package where the owner of a website can update the content of their website via an easy to use web based interface. A content management system (cms) is computer software used to create, edit, manage, and publish content in a consistently organized fashion.
If you want to see what a Content Management System looks like, just browse my website, this one. It is built entirely using a CMS. If you want a Content Management System of your own, please contact me and I will be glad to help.