What is a Content Management System anyway?


A content management system (CMS) is a software system that provides website authoring, collaboration, and administration tools designed to allow users with little knowledge of web programming languages or markup languages to create and manage website content with relative ease. A robust CMS provides the foundation for collaboration, offering users the ability to manage documents and output for multiple author editing and participation.

A CMS is also referred to as a Dynamic Website, meaning that you can actually have a control panel from which you get to add, edit, and control the content you publish to a website.  Don’t let the above description scare you, a CMS can be used by anyone regardless of programming knowledge (of course I will be there to show you how it works).

Every day more people find out how to easily manage their websites using Content Management Systems. Two well know CMS’s are Joomla and WordPress.

The two systems are excellent systems. They both have a large array of plug ins and extensions to help the system do more than just the basics.  You need a members only site? No problem.  Need an appointment calendar so your clients can do it themselves? Ok! How about having your Tweets and Facebook activity stream show up on your site? Done!

If your project requires quick publishing and is more of a journalistic type of organization such as a newspaper, magazine, or blog. Then I usually start thinking of WordPress.

I like Joomla! for a more robust solution for an organization or business that has a lot of information but maybe they won’t be adding new content all the time then Joomla! may be a better fit.

In my opinion WordPress seems easier to use. The back end is cleaner, faster, and more organized.  Joomla! is a bit more structure and requires a deeper understanding of how systems work so not the best choice for a client that is not very internet savvy.

You can find literally hundreds of writings about the pros and cons of the two and they won’t budge on which platform they prefer. The good news is that we have both and you can get the best one that fits your specific project or why not; just choose which one gives you a warm fuzzy!