Website Tips

What is a CMS?

The basics

A CMS as it’s often called, is a Content Management System. This is a software that will allow users to create, update and edit content on a website without needing technical knowledge. 

Understandably, content management systems are immensely popular with over 75 million websites using a CMS. Yes you read that right! A majority of these websites are also running WordPress as their CMS of choice. If you’ve heard of Wix or Squarespace, these are also content management systems.

How does a CMS work?

Say you’re running a blog or just want to update some content on your website, without a CMS you would have to write a HTML file. You would then need to upload it to your sever. That’s where a CMS shines and simplifies everything.

To show you how a CMS can make life easier, let’s take a look at WordPress (the most popular CMS in the world).

With a content management system, you don’t have to write your content in HTML instead you can use an interface that’s geared towards content creation. 

CMS - Create a post

In addition to making it simple to update content, it is also much easier to upload media. Again a CMS will mean that you don’t have to interreact with your server directly, instead you can upload content through a simple interface.

CMS - Add media

Bonus: Content management systems like WordPress also allow you to add plugins to add additional functionality to your website. From security to contact forms without having to touch a line of code.

Is a CMS right for you?

Generally most content management systems are flexible. Whether you are looking to create a static website or wanting to start a blog, a CMS is a good place to start, especially if you don’t have the technical knowledge to code a website.