Today we will learn everything about CMS. Hi friends, my name is kailash. Here I write articles related to hosting and digital tools. Today we will learn everything about CMS this topic will be for beginners but it is also important, most people try. Avoid this and then face problems later so clear your basics to learn new things related to this field. That’s why we’ll learn about a content management system, and its pros, cons, examples, pricing, how to build it, everything in it.
What is CMS?
The meaning of CMS is hidden in its name, which is used to manage the content. The content is saved in a database and then displayed from there through a presentation layer. in this scenario. You do not need to design the website manually.
CMS Full form: Content Management System
You don’t need coding you can just take a CMS. Where through a graphical interface you can simply drag and drop or a website can be created by inserting content into text. You can create a website without any coding knowledge. And that is possible through a CMS.
How CMS Works
How does CMS work? Let’s quickly take a look at its demo This is a website and blog that I have created through WordPress. The backend looks like it’s a dashboard and a post so I won’t go into detail. Because I have made a separate article about it. I will mention quickly how does a CMS work? If I want to edit a post, it looks like this on the front. But on the backend. I can edit like this.
All the tools and formatting bar are available and editing the post is easy. Inserting image is easy, all options are easily available here through option available on left side. So it is the job of CMS to manage the content easily. I can fully customize the website. I can change the colors and all this is happening through an interface I am not coding on the backend through an interface.
All the settings are done in a CMS through a customized panel. There is no coding here. WordPress is one of the most out there I will explain it with another example which is Wix so we will go to the option of editing the site. From here this is my website, Wix is a CMS platform, we will click on option then add I want to add text then it can be done by drag and drop only.
And it can be done by placing it where I want, so that’s how the whole system works. The whole website can be customized with drag and drop, I don’t need any coding and that is the job of CMS. Let’s know about popular CMS, this is a report of w3text.com WordPress is a popular CMS platform, its market share is 64.3% followed by Shopify which is an eCommerce platform. It is good for building eCommerce websites. Wix and Squares are website builders. But the maximum market share is that of WordPress which is 64.3%.
What can be built using CMS
What can be created by CMS Website Static Websites, Blogs, Forums, eCommerce, Online Courses, Membership and Portfolio Websites. All this can be done through CMS.
How to choose a CMS
The biggest question is which type of CMS should be selected. It totally depends on what kind of problem you are going to solve. What are your requirements? You need an eCommerce, blog or a simple portfolio website, or a community forum. So this is a big and detailed topic if you are confused in the beginning.
So just check out your competitor’s website. Just see what they’re using. And then you can also do the same thing, you can use it in the beginning. And then down the line you can find out. that what you need.
How to use a CMS
How to use CMS. Each CMS is used differently. Squarespace and Wix are website builders. And you have to use it differently, WordPress.org is a self-hosted platform you will need to get a domain and a hosting. And then you will have to install it I have already written a detailed article.
How to use WordPress You can find the article on Site. Where you can find total guidance on using WordPress. If you want to make your website or blog. So I have a course for this also the course is Lightning Blog, if you want, you can take it. Where you can get speed, security or a modern look by using free themes and plugins.
Pricing will depend from CMS to CMS. I will mention the rough pricing of the popular CMS for Wix. Price starts from Rs 185 per month Squarespace is expensive. Pricing starts at $16/mo.
If you want to go with WordPress. So it is free as a software. But you have to buy hosting and domain whose minimum cost is Rs. 2000/Year I’ve done a detailed review of the actual cost of Wix, Squarespace, and WordPress.
Let’s see the advantages of CMS.
- No coding language required – you can easily drag and drop.
- There are plugins and extensions – which you get for customisation. For example I have created a website on WordPress. And i need share button then i will get plugin and extension through which you can add functionality to website.
- Has an easy content management – You can manage blogs and updates as well as media. It is very easy in CMS.
- It is affordable – If you are developing a website from scratch then you may have to pay huge cost for it.
- But since this is a CMS you don’t need to pay a hefty price tag, there are lots of customisation options. And you can scale according to your needs.
- User Management – You can add users and assign different responsibilities to them, one can manage blog posts.
The second publication can update and edit, while other users can view the dashboard. Can manage comments. So you are different users in one CMS.
Talking about some disadvantages. You can find some bloatware. When you design a website from scratch. So you put the elements you need but here when you use CMS, Templates, Themes, Plugins. So sometimes there are too many features. The ones you don’t need.
So that is the bloatware in the CMS. The second is the security risk. While you will be using extensions and plugins if the plugins are not updated. Or a security risk will exist if there is a vulnerability. Third is a learning curve. Though you don’t need to learn to code but it is not as easy as MS Word you have to learn it. Will go through the interface and features. So you will need a week to learn.
I hope you have understood CMS. I have tried my best to explain everything to you that I can. How it works, functionality, pricing, pros and cons I have covered it all in one easy language. If you have any doubt. So let me know in the comments section below if you are looking for a popular one. So WordPress is what most people use WordPress for. Even I do For eCommerce, Shopify For Simple Portfolio websites, Wix, and Squarespace can be good options.