Wikipedia define a CMS as….“A web content management (WCM) system is a CMS designed to simplify the publication of web content to web sites and mobile devices — in particular, allowing content creators to create, submit and manage contents without requiring technical knowledge of any Web Programming Languages or Markup Languages such as HTML or the uploading of files.”
In simple terms: a CMS helps you add and edit content on your website without being a geek. If you need a website, click here.
Now, a good CMS will have similar functionality to Microsoft Word in that you can add and edit text easily, however, it will be much more powerful in that it can do other cool stuff like optimize web pages for search engines, add categories to your navigation, add products, etc. too.
Okay, time for some good news and some bad news…
If you choose the right CMS (Content Management System) then adding and updating content on your website will be a piece of cake.
However, if you choose the wrong CMS you may have some serious short and long-term problems.
From my experience there are two CMSs which are head-and-shoulders above the rest.
For normal, ‘static’ websites I use and recommend WordPress.
First released in 2003, it is now used by over 13% of the 1,000,000 biggest websites on the internet and has been downloaded over 32.5 million times.
Here’s some interesting WordPress stats… and here’s a list of notable WordPress users.
As you can see: there’s some pretty serious companies in there.
For e-commerce websites, I use and recommend Magento.
Now, Magento was launched much more recently (2008) and has grown very quickly to become the leading e-commerce CMS with over 60,000 sellers using it.
Here’s a list of notable Magento users.
Magento is a real beast of a CMS in that is has a gazillion options that help you sell online, for example, it allows you to change currencies, cross-sell, up-sell, show related products, etc. etc. ……because of this you’ll need to run it on a VPS (Virtual Private Server) at a minimum as shared hosting will mean it runs too slowly.
There are, of course, other CMSs out there e.g. Joomla!, Drupal, osCommerce, etc. but from my experience these are somewhat limited in their functionality and the above two are much more powerful.
Hope you found this article of value.