Content Management System Made Simple

What is a CMS?
A content management system (CMS) is a web based application which will help you in creating a website and it is run via the web server you use. Before you buy or download a free content management system you need to look at the CMS features and make sure it is unobtrusive and flexible. It should be easy to install and use even for a layman.
CMS features that should be included
You must be able to build a small or semi-static web site and be able to create hundreds of pages should you wish to do so. Pages should be easy to create and managed as well as the layout and the content you want to add to the pages. Easy navigation is a very important CMS feature and layout codes and content codes must be separate, then layouts will be easy to edit. WYSIWYG editor, contact form and third-party add-ons are other features very important when looking for the right content management system for your web site. To have your CMS built in PHP will allow the integration of PHP scripts to the web site you built.
Knowledge Requirements to use a CMS
Most content management systems will require a little bit of knowledge and the most important will be the basic understanding of JavaScript errors so that you can locate, identify or even diagnose errors. Access log lines and access logs for web site errors and understanding error messages as sometimes an online application of any kind does have a problem. Basic understanding of CSS and HTML, the ability to manipulate permissions on remote hosts, transferring and working with files to remote hosts and to create a data base, back it up and restore the data base. If you do not have any knowledge at all then you must at least be able to do some research and with many educational articles on the Internet, you can teach yourself to build a web site through trial and error.

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CMS Ratings

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Books on CMS

CONTENT MANAGEMENT BIBLE BY BOB BOIKO WEB CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (WCMS): HIGH-IMPACT STRATEGIES – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: DEFINITIONS, BY KEVIN ROEBUCK(2011) PROFESSIONAL CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS: HANDLING DIGITAL MEDIA ASSETS BY DR ANDREAS MAUTHE AND DR PETER THOMAS (MAR 22, 2004) LEARNING FROM LIBRARIES THAT USE WORDPRESS: CONTENT-MANAGEMENT SYSTEM BEST PRACTICES AND CASE STUDIES BY KYLE M. JONES AND POLLY-ALIDA FARRINGTON (JUL 31, 2012) USING WORDPRESS AS A LIBRARY CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM BY KYLE M. L. JONES… more