A content management system (CMS) is an application that allows an individual to create and manage website content via a human-friendly interface rather than needing to work directly with code. In other words, it allows non-technical people who don’t know programming languages to easily create and manage their own web content. With a content management system, you’re able to ignore the code and focus more on the creation of content.
For example, let’s say that you want to add a new blog post to your content management system. All you need to do is type your blog post into your content management system’s text editor, then the CMS will handle putting together all the underlying code so that visitors from around the world can read your blog post.
The following are the basic features of a CMS:
- Content Creation (allows users to easily create and format content)
- Content Storage (stores content in one place, in a consistent fashion)
- Workflow Management (assigns user privileges and responsibilities based on roles such as authors, editors and admins)
- Publishing (organizes and pushes content live)
A major advantage of using a CMS is its collaborative nature. Multiple users can log on and contribute, schedule or edit website content. Because the interface is usually browser-based, a CMS can be accessed from anywhere by any number of users.
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