Content Management Systems

Two rows of filing cabinets that face each other with random drawers pulled open showing files organized by color.Content Management Systems (CMS) are software platforms used to create and share content online via the web.  Without going into great detail, web content is actually code and computer language that internet browsers read and display on an online user’s’ screen.

In the early days of the internet, content creation was synonymous with hand coding pages in HTML and other web languages.  This process was tedious, lengthy and often costly.  It required individuals to learn new programming languages and spend extra time on content creation.

CMS was developed as a solution to alleviate the burden of content management and website organization.

Advanced Website Organization

Web Content Management Systems (WCMS) automate the coding process allowing online content creators to work in a familiar content editing interface.

Online content creators no longer have to rely on hand coding pages and can now, with greater ease, insert text, images, rich media and other types of content onto new webpages through WCMS platforms.

This has allowed website owners with little to no knowledge of computer language or coding to create great site content, which lifted the limitations to content creation and revolutionized the internet.

Websites that use CMS backend solutions are commonly e-commerce websites, blogs, news, forums and any sites that have high volume and steady content creation.

Dynamic website elements

A webpage delivered by a content management system is the clean end-result of the CMS process.  What is displayed on an internet browser as a whole is actually the combination of many separate, but inter-locked website elements, that the CMS brings together in real time to produce that webpage.  The graphical elements of a site in relation to a CMS are complex themes that allow for site content to be dynamically placed in web friendly format.

In other words, the webpage seen by an internet browser, although visible in its entirety, is actually made up of multiple and independent website elements that are defined by the website’s graphic theme and held together by a CMS.

CMS Websites, flexible and feature rich

A professional developer is required to enable the full functionality and design of your CMS site.  To setup a CMS based website the website developer your hire should be, at the minimum, an expert programmer.  Although CMS is more expensive to implement due to its advanced nature, websites that consistently add new products or webpages will incur less overall costs and long-term expenses as there will be a limited need for further involvement by the web developer.

Website developers that work on the design, implementation and management of CMS websites must be well versed in an array of computer languages.  The setup and maintenance of a CMS revolves around myriad computer languages that all CMSs employ.  Some of the computer languages a modern CMS might be built on and how they are used in the structure of the platform is as follows:

  • Database
    • SQL, or
    • .NET
  • Linking to the database
    • PHP,
    • .ASP,
    • Ruby On Rails,
    • and more,
  • Advanced site functions
    • JavaScript,
    • Ajax,
    • Ruby,
    • HTML 5,
    • and more,
  • Design elements
    • HTML,
    • CSS.

Benefits of Content Management Systems

  1. CMS platforms are specifically designed for the needs of advanced online content creation strategies.  The more advanced a content creation strategy is, the more likelihood that a number of different professionals will be working on your site at any given time.
  2. CMS provides much-needed control of all these registered contributors.  It is a centralized publishing platform with editorial safeguards that allows website owner to set parameters for each team member, limiting their ability to make unapproved updates or changes.
  3. CSM based websites are very flexible and feature-rich making them a perfect choice for almost any online purpose. Many website owners use CMS platforms to save time and money.

If you feel that a CMS website solution is right for your online goals, give us a call or contact us – we can help.