What is a Content Management System (“CMS”)

C-M-S … it sounds big and scary, but I promise it’s not!  As noted in the title, CMS stands for “Content Management System.”  In this post, I’ll focus on a CMS for web content.

You’ve likely heard of some of the more popular CMS tools out there: WordPress, Drupal, Joomal!Wordpress Icon to name a few.

If you have any more than an informational website, you probably have some type of CMS at work behind the scenes.  The CMS in this case is a web application that uses a database to store and manage all of your web pages and content.

The beauty of a CMS is that you don’t have to be a web developer genius to use one (although that never hurts!).   Most often you can get started with just a few clicks and some basic technical knowledge.  Depending on your requirements, however, you probably want to consider using a professional to “set up” your site initially and then to train you on how to maintain it through the CMS user interface going forward.

As I mentioned above, using a CMS does not require any major degree of technical understanding.  So once you get comfortable with the user interface, you can typically edit the pages of your website and the content of those pages with ease (so long as you’re not trying to change “the structure” of the site – which is a little more advanced).

Now you know all there is to know about a CMS!  Ok, well maybe not … but you at least know enough to get started.  Don’t hesitate to contact MDesign Media if you need some help!