CMS (Content Management System) is a software tool that allows you to create, edit, and publish content. While early CMS software was used to manage documents and local computer files, most CMS systems are now designed exclusively to manage content on the Web.
The goal of a CMS is to provide an intuitive user interface for building and modifying webpage content. Each CMS also provides a web publishing tool that allows one or more users to publish updates live on the Web. The editing component is called the content management application (CMA), while the publishing tool is called the content delivery application (CDA). These two components are integrated together in a CMS to streamline the web development process.
Content management systems are available as install-able applications and web-based user interfaces. While CMS software programs, such as Adobe Contribute, were popular for a few years, they have largely been replaced by web-based CMSes. Most people prefer a web interface, since it simplifies the website updating process. Additionally, most web-based CMSes are updated automatically, ensuring all users have the latest tools to manage their content.
Several web-based CMS tools are available. The following are some of the most popular ones:
- WordPress - free web software designed for creating template-based websites or blogs
- Blogger - Google's blogging tool designed specifically for maintaining a blog
- Joomla - a flexible web publishing tool that supports custom database and extensions
- Drupal - an open source platform often used for developing community-based sites
- Weebly - a web-based platform for building simple personal and business websites
- Wix - a collection of web publishing tools for creating a highly customizable website.
BENEFITS OF CMS
1. Self Control
You know your business better than any designer or developer and if you are getting chance to explain your business or edit your content yourself then it would be like getting golden egg. CMS gives you facility to manage your content yourself without paying a single penny to developer.
3. Daily Update
If you want to stay in the market then you have to fresh content or your content should be changed on a regular basis. If you don`t have time to write fresh content daily then there is no big deal some CMS provides you facility like Joomla and Wordpress to schedule your content so that you can write 10s article and schedule it for next 10 days so your content will be fresh daily and this will really generate traffic.
5. No Page Limit
If you have your CMS rather than Static Website then you can create UNLIMITED number of page there is no such kind of limit.
4. Communicate with clients easily
Whether you're a retailer with an on-line catalog, a small business owner looking to grow, a writer looking for exposure, or any business or organization seeking to maximize chances for success, a CMS opens up new ways to communicate with your audience. Especially as e-mail systems become more and more clogged with useless junk mail, your customer can rely your content and get their useful information directly.
There are different kinds of storage mechanism for different CMS some uses Flat file system some uses Database system. Database system can be easily restricting access to your content so your content is secure form standard website attacks.
6. Change the layout by yourself
You can change CMS website layout yourself. You can change module position, enable/disable them it's very user friendly so need to worry about single line of HTML code.