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What is a CMS?

Have you seen the term CMS thrown around a lot and wondered what it is? If so, this article is for you. CMS stands for content management system, a very useful tool for businesses. Some businesses actually already have a CMS in place and don’t realize it while others are in desperate need for one but can’t quite put their finger on what exactly they need. In recent years CMS design has also become known to some as WMS (web management system) design because many CMS designs are used strictly for online content. Let’s dive deeper into the CMS concept.

Definition

A CMS is basically an overall system used to manage information. While some CMS systems are offline, many are online. These online systems help companies create, store, share, design and manage their information in a much more organized and accurate way than a website that has been pieced together over time.

Benefits

There are many benefits to a well thought out CMS design. For starters, since many CMS systems are online, it gives users remote access making it very easy to give various people access to the system. It also allows the company to control a person’s access level. For example, if as a company you only want your event manager to have access to the event pages you can set up controls so when they log in they can only access that section of the site.

Furthermore an accurate CMS design allows a company to streamline their information, streamline their design, decrease duplicated information, provide easy to use site navigation, easily share information with the public, archive dated information, and make changes/offer new content very quickly.

CMS Design

When it comes to design there are two sides in CMS design, the first being the structure of the site. A CMS system not only allows users to create content without any HTML knowledge, but also allows you to set up the structure or where the pages go and how they are organized without HTML knowledge. In fact, many systems on the market today will literally let you drag and drop pages where you want them to appear.

The other part of CMS design is what the site looks like to your viewers. To set up the design you will have to know HTML or work with a web design firm that can help you get your design set up. Once the CMS design is set, the CMS system takes care of the rest and literally as you publish pages it ensures that they are given a uniformed look. Part of this viewer end design is the navigation system that you will need to get in place and then it will show up on each page published.

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