What is a CMS?
CMS stands for Content Management System, a computer program that helps manage websites in general and specific aspects of sites, like blogs, news feeds, shopping features, etc. CMS may serve as a central archive for documents, movies, pictures, data, etc. A CMS makes it easy to publish, edit, and otherwise modify site content.
Not only do content management systems help website users with content editing, they also handle of a lot of “behind the scenes” work such as:
- Making content searchable and indexable
- Keeping track of users, their permissions and security settings
- Automatically generate navigation elements
Along with the many other benefits of using a CMS, you can customize your entire website with the tools provided. Through custom themes or templates, you can customize the design, but it doesn’t stop there. By adding plugins or extensions, you can customize the functionality of your website as well.
Some CMS choices have thousands of plugins or extensions allowing you to do many different things. You can add a plugin to allow your blog posts to automatically post to social network profiles, speed up your page load times and many other things. This makes a website set up with a CMS fully customizable.
Here are 5 popular Content Management Systems: