What Is A CMS?

Ever wonder how some people and companies manage to get their websites up really quickly and publish new articles and content fast? Want to know how you can do the same? There are a few ways to do it, and this article will be looking at using a CMS.

What is a CMS?

CMS stands for Content Management System, and it is a system commonly coded in PHP that allows its users to easily manage their content. Whether that be to delete, add, edit, or do something entirely different. You might recognize the company WordPress, and if not, that’s ok. WordPress is the most common CMS available and is used by thousands (If not millions) of people for managing their websites. Put simply, a CMS is a program that manages content for you, so you don’t have to do it manually. Most CMS’s auto-generate the pages, then paste the content you created onto them. A CMS is also perfect for those that do not know how to code and don’t have enough time to learn. A CMS can also manage your e-commerance shop, or your blog!

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Can I build a CMS?

Yes! Although WordPress is a complex CMS that manages everything from your articles, to your contact form and SSL, a simple CMS is not that hard to make (If you are sufficient in PHP and SQL). You may want a CMS that manages a group of videos for you, so you don’t have to keep updating your video page whenever you add a new one. You can code your CMS to just add the video that you upload to your admin dashboard, and adjust the page layout accordingly. You may even be able to find a simple CMS that fits your needs on GitHub!

What is the best CMS?

Everyone will have a different opinion on this topic, so I’ll just leave you with a short and simple list, as sometimes simple is better. I'll make sure to include a download link, so you can check them out. WordPress is the most popular, and is a good starting point if you do not know which one to choose.

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Is a CMS better than custom coding?

We have an entire article on this, and I’ll link it below. The main point however is that both have their pros and cons, so it really depends on your situation and your skills. You can check out the article here if you wish.

Conclusion

I hope this article cleared up any confusion about CMS’s. If you are looking for some specific detailed information, Google may be of assistance. As always, let us know if you see an error, and have a great day!

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