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What is a CMS?

Content management systems or CMS software is a computer application or a collection of programs that users can add, edit and remove digital content from an online page. Platforms have been built where by anyone can have control over their businesses or organizations web pages, once your website has been built by a professional designer you will be able to edit the content rather than the design, so you do not have to be technically trained to be a content manager, see below our list of what can be done when you have a CMS website.

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With a CMS website users can:

Add categories

Edit URL’s

Easy to use Admin (backend) area

Add images

Edit text

Have multiple users and permissions

Add plugins

Edit layout

Revision and publishing control

Add videos

Edit Widgets

Many have built in SEO tools

Add pages

Edit theme options

Add social network accounts

Add meta info

Edit blog posts

Different permission levels

Examples of content management systems we create websites with:

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What is WordPress?

WordPress is an open source CMS platform that designers use to create websites, it an extremely popular option and is one of the easiest systems out there. Originally it was more of a bloggers paradise but over the years many large corporate companies and small start-ups have chosen WordPress as the platform for their business, figures online say that approximately 75 million websites have been built using the WordPress CMS. The great thing about this software is that it is fully customisable and there are so many options available, there are thousands upon thousands of free and paid for themes, plugins and tools to design a great looking site with all the features you require. Have a glance through our portfolio at our recent WordPress CMS creations to see what can be done using this open source content management system.

What is Magento?

Magento CMS is another open source content management system that is used as an eCommerce platform, the main use for this content manager is the selling of products, sources say that over 200,000 online retailers choose to use the Magento CMS system as their selling software. There are a huge variety of features and this CMS platform can be unlimited in customisation to achieve your own personalised shopping experience for your visitors. It is a superb order management and shipping tool and is seamless when integrating 3rd party software such as payment gateway systems. Magento has 2 additions available “community” which is the free open source CMS version, ideal for small businesses and users that are new to this CMS software or “Enterprise” this is the premium paid for version and is generally used by larger online shops that require more advanced features and larger scale customisation, this edition has full support by the Magento team.

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What is Joomla?

The Joomla CMS was originally released in 2005 and is a free content management system that was created using PHP and MySQL website software. It allows you to publish web content and is another very popular content manager because it is extremely easy to use and allows you the user to add, edit & upload your content effortlessly. The Joomla CMS portal gives you the ability to have multiple users with different permission levels and to manage content which basically means creating, editing, archiving, and reporting your data.  Joomla is free for anyone to use and has a huge active community that offers friendly advice and latest news about the latest Joomla versions and bug fixes, you can also get hundreds and thousands of extensions, tools, features and templates with different styles and types to help build a great looking website.

What is Umbraco?

The Umbraco CMS is another extremely popular content management system, created in Denmark and has a large online community that provides help and advice. To date the Umbraco platform has 443,450 active installations and many more businesses and organisations are now using the Umbraco CMS software to create their websites. This content manager is renowned for its flexibility to create stunning designs and is a simple CMS system with no complicated HTML weighing your website down, you can create and add content, have the option to edit the content through the front end as well as the admin area. Umbraco is so adaptable you can send data to apps and grab data back using the same CMS interface for updating your sites content. Umbraco is a free, open source content manager but also offers paid tools and support if required.

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What is Drupal?

Drupal is another publicly available CMS portal that also has a huge dedicated community that offers advice, help and guidance on anything Drupal. It currently has 111,837 active users contributing to the community to date. The software is completely free to download, use and modify so you do not require a licence for this platform. The Drupal CMS offers reliability, has a large selection of resources to hand including add-ons and modules and as a user you will find this platform robust, easy to use and to customise to your preferred style. There are many solutions for all sectors including healthcare professions, education, media, publishing and government. As a content manager you want to be able to have a flexible, secure and scalable CMS website and Drupal ticks all those boxes, sites are currently being built using Drupal 7, but Drupal 8 has just been published and promises more in the way of a digital experience, including easier to customise components, control displaying data, drag and drop editor plus many more great tools.

Want to know more?

To find out more on what is a CMS or the content management systems we use to build websites you can either give us a call or use the form on the very top menu of this page.