Content Management Systems are not only about managing your site, but also about maximising your return on investment (ROI). Most people simply use the system supplied by their hosts. However, in this section of Money Source, we will explore CMS in more detail to help you make the right choice.
Modern CMS allow us to put complicated HTML and CSS behind us, and create a polished, professional site in minutes at the click of a button. There are many different CMS systems available, all with their own strengths and weaknesses.
Most reputable hosting companies offer a range of supported CMS options for you to install from within your cPanel.
Let's explore some of the most popular CMS systems:
The most common and widely used (and supported) CMS is Wordpress. It is quick and easy to install and in addition to a multitude of community-led support pages, the system offers a wide range of tools and a huge template library, as well as free and premium plugins. The admin page allows for easy CSS and PHP file editing.
This popular software is run on millions of sites, because it's simple and highly customizable. The admin section offers a wide range of template and style options, as well as the ability to add content blocks and feeds and managing tools and menus.
Drupal is a free, open source CMS and often a first choice with experienced webmasters. As with WordPress and Joomla, it can be customised for any purpose, whether it's a personal blog or a large corporate site. As with Wordpress, it also offers a range of add-on modules that enhance functionality.
If all you're trying to do is create a small website, the above suggestions may be completely over-the-top for your needs. If you want to show a couple of web-pages and have a little bit of functionality here and there, tinyCMS will do just fine. It will help keep things simple. Since there is no database, and the files are cached on your server, they will open quickly - a nice asset to any website.
There are many more content management systems, but it’s usually best to stick with the well-known systems that have reliable track-records and offer great support in case you have a problem.
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