Web content management systems (CMS) are applications used to create websites and maintain them. It allows web content to be published in an organised manner, with all versions stored for later retrieval. This is achieved through a database design that stores all content for the site with the date and time that it was created. These software applications can enable the site editor to upload a variety of media such as text (reports, documents), PDF files, photos and images. CMS can be used to both publish content on the web and publish documents (annual reports, budgets, newsletters) internally.
Web content management systems were first developed as commercial software product in the mid 1990s. Today there are a huge range of CMS, from commercial software to freeware and open source programs. They also have been developed in a number of different programming languages, such as, Java, PHP, .NET, ASP.NET, and Perl.
The main advantage of using a CMS website, is that although an experienced web developer is needed to set up the system, thereafter it is easy for anyone with basic computer skills to use. They are able to update the content on the site and post new content such as dates and times of upcoming events and press release etc. The What-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) editor has functionality similar to word processing software, and users can manipulate a variety of HTML and XML templates that can be easily applied to text content from one central place.
Content management systems are also flexible, with a variety of plug-ins that can stretch its functionality and provide enhanced features as needed. Plugins can a wide variety of extra functionality such as image and video galleries, events calendars, embed social media functionality (such as a Facebook like button), shopping cart functionality, event management etc.
CMS creates and controls parallel and sequential tasks. This creates a process of approval before content can be published (this is particularly useful for stopping people from leaving spamming comments in comment fields). This is done by assigning different access areas to different people. This will only be able to edit the content within their designated area. It also allows multiple users to log in and work simultaneously, streamlining workflow fro greater efficiency. Additionally administrators accounts can be set up that have access to all areas to make changes where necessary.
There are three main types of WCMS: offline processing (all content is produced in advance of publishing), online processing (applies templates on-demand, so HTML may be generated when a user visits the page or it is pulled from a cache) and hybrid systems (a combination of online and offline capabilities). These systems can both generate executable codes in JSP, PHP and Perl outputs, as well as create static HTML pages.
SEO Technologies is a web design and development company who specialise in a specific type of CMS development called WordPress. WordPress is a php based CMS which is easy to use and has a very large range of plugins to enable any capabilities you wish your website to perform. SEO Technologies will design and develop a WordPress website for you with any style design you require. They will then provide you with training in how to use your CMS editor to enable you to edit, change and update the content of your website.
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