If you want to start a website or a blog, then you need a way to manage the content you are going to create for it. This is where Content Management Systems(CMS) come into play: their role is to fulfill this task for you. If these systems didn’t exist, you would have to use HTML and have some technical knowledge in order to write for your blog, but with these, you only need to have some good ideas so you can get to writing immediately.
Here is a list of benefits a CMS has to offer:
Main Benefits of a Content Management System
Easy to edit: Once you publish an article on your blog, a CMS makes it easy to edit and manipulate data.
A look for everyone: Content Management Systems are able to present content in multiple languages, and make it look differently for certain user groups. For instance, you can set up your blog or website to display content in a different way to guest users than to users with an account.
Automated templates: Content Management Systems allow you to create standard templates (usually HTML and XML) that can be automatically applied to new and existing content, allowing the appearance of all content to be changed from one central place.
Themes and widgets: Many Content Management Systems allow you to add certain themes and widgets to your website, which in turn let you customize your blog without any technical knowledge required. For instance, you can easily add ads to your website with a simple widget, instead of having to add an ad code on every page.
Good for SEO: CMS websites are great for search engine optimization (SEO). Freshness of content is one factor that helps, as it is believed that some search engines give preference to website with new and updated content than websites with stale and outdated content. Usage of social media plugins help in weaving a community around your blog. RSS feeds which are automatically generated by blogs or CMS websites can increase the number of subscribers and readers to your site. Url rewriting can be implemented easily which produces clean urls without parameters which further help in seo. There are plugins available that specifically help with website SEO.
Here is a short list of the best Content Management Systems out there:
By far, the best Content Management System is WordPress. Not only is it easy to install and use, but it is also the most widespread CMS by far, due to its wide range of plugins, widgets and themes, all which are easy to implement. WordPress first started out as a simple blogging system, but it quickly evolved to a full Content Management System. Given that it is free and open source, you shouldn’t think twice when choosing a CMS for your blog!
WordPress is based on PHP and uses MySQL as a database.
With a modern user interface, and designed around being easy to use, GetSimple is a fantastic CMS. Although it was at first intended for smaller websites, it quickly evolved, to the point where even bigger businesses could use it, due to its wide range of features. In fact, it is very similar to WordPress, in the way that it too supports a lot of plugins and widgets, and is also easy to install and customize. GetSimple is also free and open-source.
Drupal is a fairly popular CMS, being used as a back-end framework for at least 2.1% of all websites worldwide. It is free and open-source, and much like the others, it features “modules”, which can be added to a website to add certain features to it. Drupal also features a sophisticated application programming interface for advanced users, but the basic website installation and administration of the framework require no programming skills.
Joomla is estimated to be the second most popular CMS in the world. Just like the others, it is free and open-source, and as of February 2014, Joomla has been downloaded over 50 million times. It offers over 7,700 free and commercial extensions, meant to bring more functionality to a website and add more features.