What is a Content Management System?
A Content Management System is a software application or set of related programs. It is used to build or manage digital content for websites and enterprise. Web content management system facilitates collaborative authoring for websites. It is done by adding new content, editing the existing one, or deleting content.
What is the purpose of Content Management System?
The primary aim of a Web Content Management System is to administer the ability of many users. These users may have various permission levels to manage a website or a segment of the content.
For instance, you can take a website which has Blogs, Store, Articles, Press Releases, Events. You can choose each segment or a part of a section to the user(s) to create, edit, and archive.
What are Pitfalls and Misconceptions of a Content Management System?
- It is assumed CMS is that it is the primary component for a website's success which is untrue. The purpose of Content Management System is to manage and distribute content. The success of a website has nothing to do with CMS. The quality of content you create plays a vital role.
- Another misconception is you would no more need a web developer to make changes to the website with CMS. Most of the Open Source CMS offer every possible functionality. To customize it to one's business objectives an experienced web programmer is a must. If you have a fixed budget, consider a CMS that does not need an abundant number of programming hours for set up and on-going maintenance.
- One of the crucial elements for a website's success is to create a brand that customers can identify. Also, your user needs to revisit and refer your website. But unfortunately, most CMS are developed by programmers. These CMS do not have the design, branding and usability experience. This is why most of the Open Source CMS have unlimited customization options. Hence, the sites that are not customized have no branding and personality.
What are the Pros of Content Management System?
Content Editing is Separate from Design
You can edit, add new content or format without the need of having to fiddle with design and coding. Content editing is separate from the design and functionality of the site.
Selective Access Permissions
Based on the role of every user, you can select access permissions. You can have different access for an editor, author, administrator, contributor, and many more. You can maintain the security of your site by giving contributors restricted access.
With Content Management Systems site updates are quick and effortless. You can update headers, footers, menus and sidebars even with administrative interface.
Content Management Systems are incredibly SEO-friendly. You can change the URLs and include metadata based on your keywords for all the custom pages. There are a few third-party plugins that you can integrate to optimize your content.