Almost all blogs these days make use of one of the popular content management systems (CMS). Beyond that, many very high profile websites also use CMS. For online journalists, it’s basically a requirement to understand how to use one or more of the many CMS solutions.
People who are newcomers to online content production might wonder why CMS is so popular. Here are a few reasons.
1. CMS separates content from design. Sometimes, webmasters want to change the look and feel of their websites without changing the actual content. In other words, all of the words in the articles that have been posted will remain the same, but the actual design of the website (including color scheme, organization, and framework imagery) will change. One of the biggest advantages to CMS is that webmasters can change the design without altering any of the content. The two items are kept totally separate, so one can be altered without affecting the other. This is an excellent time saver.
2. CMS facilitates ease of editing. The popular CMS solutions (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal) offer editing that doesn’t require the article author to understand the complexities associated with Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). The author uses a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor to author articles. This means that the author can use bold, italics, etc. without being forced to use markup. The author literally sees the article in the editor as it would appear to a reader on the screen.
3. CMS is often offered freely. A lot of web host providers offer one or more CMS applications for free as part of the subscription price. This means that when someone opts to start a website, and utilizes the services of a web host provider, that person already has a CMS available to use. In other words, price is rarely a reason to notuse a CMS.