I see, so you’ve heard of WordPress or Joomla! already and the three letters “CMS” are not all Greek to? Congratulations! Most people are probably not able to make such claim.

CMS – der wahre Freund und Helfer eines jeden Webmasters

Clearly, if one has dealt with web development to a certain degree it’s practically impossible to not stumble across these terms at some point. After all, the term CMS – Content Management System – was set up in 1998 already. But what exactly is it about and is it even practical? In this blog article, we want to give you an understanding of its function, advantages and applications.

CMS is a software that allows you to edit your own website without any knowledge of programming language. The creation and editing of web content is usually done through an online text editor module or directly on the web host. In order to expand CMS as individually as possible you can use plug-ins which seem to spring up like mushrooms everyday.

Systems such as WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal, Magento and osCommerce represent today’s market leaders. WordPress has the reputation for being mainly used by bloggers but it actually is a system which is ideal for managing a complete website. Magento and osCommerce, however, are feasible for online shops.

The 5 Key Benefits of CMS

1. Separating content from layout

The biggest difference between static websites and websites with CMS is the separation of content from layout. This means that the end user can edit any content easily and directly but doesn’t need to worry about coding and formatting at all. This way, everyone – both professionals and amateurs – is able to maintain, manage and supervise his website quickly and efficiently.

2. Consistent representation

The entire layout is pre-programmed for all elements of the website – such as blog posts, photo galleries and calendars. This basic template includes all colors, fonts, shading and the like. The formatting of all web page elements is done automatically. This ensures a harmonious and professional look of the entire online presence.

3. No prior knowledge required

There are no programming skills – such as HTML or PHP – required for the end user. Therefore, the editing of the website is completely straightforward and should be a walk in the park for you. All technical and creative details will be set by the web developer in the long term and only need to be revised in the event of fundamental changes.

4. Simultaneous usage by multiple users

CMS systems allow sharing the access to certain content with different users. In this way, several people can work on the system. However, each of them is only allowed to edit the content of the assigned areas. This also facilitates the work of the end user since he is not distracted by content that is irrelevant to him.

5. Numerous plug-ins allow extensibility and great flexibility

Every day there are developers coming up with new plug-ins that help you to optimize a website. Whether you are looking for a music or video player, a special calendar or a link to social networks, with the help of plug-ins everything can be installed quickly and easily.

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by   Vasily Fotin

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