Web Sites for Small Businesses 101:What is a CMS. [45 min]

What is a CMS?

A content management system, or CMS, is a web application designed to make it easy for non-technical users to add, edit and manage a website.

Not only do content management systems help website users with content editing, they also take care of a lot of “behind the scenes” work such as:

  • Automatically generate navigation elements
  • Making content searchable and indexable
  • Keeping track of users, their permissions and security settings
  • And much, much more.

A content management system is also called aWeb management system. It is software or a group or suite of applications and tools that enable an organization to seamlessly create, edit, review and publish electronic text. Many content management systems offer a Web-based GUI, enabling publishers to access the CMS online using only a Web browser. Also, a CMS designed for Web publishing will provide options and features to index and search documents and also specify keywords and other metadata for search engine crawlers.

Types of CMS

We have used Drupal, Joomla and other bespoke CMS over the years. We have found WordPress to be the most cost effective and useful.