Content Management System or simply called CMS is a software application tool that allow multiple contributors to manage digital content in creating, modifying, managing and editing. Early CMS software was used to manage documents and local computer files, CMS systems are now designed exclusively to manage content on the Web.
Web Content Management System often abbreviated as WCMS is a software specificaly for web development or web management. Most user now prefer a web based interface, since it simplifies the website updating process. Instead of building your own system for creating web pages, storing images, and other functions, the content management system handles all that basic infrastructure stuff for you without even know how to write a code.
WordPress is a good example of a content management system and it is the best and most popular CMS in the world. According to WordPress, more than 409 million people view more than 23.6 billion pages each month and users produce 69.5 million new posts and 46.8 million new comments every month. It also powers more than 25% of the world’s websites.
What are the part of Content Management System
There are two main core parts of CMS in technical level:
- Content management application (CMA) – this is the part that allows you to actually add and manage content on your site (like WordPress).
- Content delivery application (CDA) – this is the backend, behind-the-scenes process that takes the content you input in the CMA, stores it properly, and makes it visible to your visitors.
If you use it together, the two systems make it easy to maintain your website.
Best Content Management Systems (CMS)
- WordPress – It is free and open source WCMS based on PHP and MySQL. WordPress can be utilized as part of an internet hosting service (WordPress.com), or it can be deployed on a local computer to act as its own web server (WordPress.org). It is highly customizable with a large amount of themes and plugins available. It is immensely popular amongst the blogging community.
- Joomla – Joomla! is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) for publishing web content. Over the years Joomla! has won several awards. It is built on a model–view–controller web application framework that can be used independently of the CMS that allows you to build powerful online applications. Joomla! is one of the most popular website softwares, thanks to its global community of developers and volunteers, who make sure the platform is user friendly, extendable, multilingual, accessible, responsive, search engine optimized and so much more.
- Drupal – Drupal is another name that carries a lot of weight in discussions about the best open source CMS. While it lags behind WordPress and Joomla in market share, that doesn’t make it any less notable.
In practice, Drupal shines in a lot of the same areas Joomla does. For example, it offers a very flexible system for dealing with custom post types. It also gives you a high degree of control over your users and their permissions, and it can even handle multilingual sites out of the box.
However, there are other areas where Drupal is in a class of its own. Its taxonomy system, for example, is much more powerful than its competitors. In addition, Drupal is considered to be a more secure platform than both WordPress and Joomla.
- Wix – Users must purchase premium packages in order to connect their sites to their own domains, remove Wix ads, access to form builder, add e-commerce capabilities, or buy extra data storage and bandwidth. It provides customizable website templates and a drag-and-drop HTML5 web site builder that includes apps, graphics, image galleries, fonts, vectors, animations and other options. Users also may opt to create their web sites from scratch. In October 2013, Wix introduced a mobile editor to allow users to adjust their sites for mobile viewing.
Wix App Market offers both free and subscription-based applications, with a revenue split of 70% for the developer and 30 percent for Wix. Customers can integrate third-party applications into their own web sites, such as photograph feeds, blogging, music playlists, online community, e-mail marketing, and file management
Choosing the CMS is depending on what you need on your business marketing website, ecommerce etc. I personally choose wordpress as first pick because of its high customization feature. However, it always depends on your needs.
Share your comments below on what is best CMS for 2019.