Web Content Management Systems For Business, Communication And Self Expression

What Are WCMS?

Web content management, this title may seem to be an easy thing to define. In today’s modern world, the internet has proven to be one of the lifeline of the world. Be it business, home use, government, military, health services and other applications where a computer and communications are needed. By definition, web content management (WCM) or web content management system ( WCMS) is a bundled or in some cases, a stand alone program or application which is used to create, store, manage and deploy any content on webpages or websites. This is also a system software that provides, collaboration, website authoring and administration tools to let users with limited knowledge of programming language for websites to manage website contents. The contents can be graphics, text, video, photos or audio. It can index and catalog content and deliver it to any visitor. The contents can be delivered in a more personalized way and in different languages. The WCNS needs a systems admin and a web developer to set it up, but the system itself is a website maintenance tool for non-technical people.

What Are The Types Of WCMS?

There are three types of WCMS in use in the IT community.

  1. Online processing – this type applies to templates on demand. When a user visits the page or pulled from a web cache, an HTML may be generated or produced. This type has the ability to support add ons which in turn give extended capabilities including, blogs, forums, photo galleries, web stores etc. these add ons can be a paid license app or can be based on an open source. These add on are commonly  called as widgets, extensions and modules.
  2. Off-line processing – these types of systems pre process all contents intended for web publication. It applies templates before any publication to generate web pages. This type does not require a server to apply the templates at any request time.
  3. Hybrid systems – these types of systems combine the online and offline approaches in web publications.

Some of the popular  web content management systems are WordPress, Blogger, Joomla! And Drupal. WordPress and Blogger are the most popular WCMS. These two originally are blogging CMS and later on evolved into a full fledged CMS. Joomla is more complex than the first 2. Drupal is the most difficult but it’s the more secure. This CMS is used in the White House. With numerous WCMS available,  any individual can post create their own websites either for an online diary, to sell merchandise, do business  and share files.

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of WCMS?

If applied to a business, it will reduce customer dissatisfaction because of incorrect information, there is a high probability that a customer will re-visit the website, most search engines will rank the website with a higher user traffic. Most of the available WCMS is free, others have paid subscription which does not exceed $10.00/year. It can be customized easily, many cms tools utilize drag and drop capabilities for its design modes. It also has the ability to control the content to be published, when, how and who will publish the content.  Content creators will be able to take ownership for the information being published. And lastly and the most important thing is that it is made and designed where non technical people can use it with ease.

 

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