Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, starting your own blog or website was mainly for people who had existing knowledge about HTML, or had to do so through someone that could publish your content for you on the web. And then, you had to contend with creating a logical sitemap that will allow your visitors to read and discover pages on your website. Maintenance, updating, and creating all of that content was an arduous process.
Fortunately for us born in this generation, content management systems(CMS) have become more widely available and user-friendly. A web CMS allows users to create, edit, and store HTML files in a more efficient way, making it simple and easy to publish content on the web. Ease of use aside, a CMS also allows you to customize your website from the backend to the front end like never before. Supported by hundreds and thousands of plug-ins, extensions, and themes, the only limit to your website is your imagination.
CMS such as WordPress and Tumblr have become extremely popular these days, thanks to the fact that they’re free to use and are easy to set-up. To get started on either of these two CMS, you’ll just need a working e-mail address, a password, and a title to use for your blog. Even if you’re a complete newbie to blogging, there’s no need to fret – both systems provide you with starter tutorials as well as supplementary FAQs and Help pages that can guide you throughout the process.
If you’re a freelancer or entrepreneur who wants something more advanced than WordPress or Tumblr, then you may want to give Drupal a try. Though it does have its disadvantages such as being a bit slow compared to WordPress, Drupal is a robust open source system that includes several modules, tools, and templates that allow you to set up a complex website fairly easily, so long as you know what you’re doing. Another popular and more advanced, open sourced CMS option is Magento, which is specifically geared toward those of you who want to sell products online through a website. This CMS has everything that an e-commerce website would need, and is supported by a large community of developers and users that create Magento templates, widgets, modules, and extensions.
All in all, there’s a CMS for every need. Whether you’re new to the web or an experienced veteran, your website will benefit greatly from a content management system.