What is a CMS?

A Content Management System (CMS) is an application that enables to create websites thanks to an easy-to-use graphical interface. The aim of CMS is to allow developing a quality website even to those who don’t have programming skills. Because of the software users can create, change and manage web contents easily, by using simple controls.

Each CMS, according to its characteristics, has different features that can be customized by users through the installation of particular plug-in or extensions. There are more than 200 types of CMS used for several purposes. The first step to choose the right CMS is to understand what is the aim of the website. Here’s the main areas of application:
publish articles (blog)
corporate website
sell products (e-commerce)
share contents with other users (community)

Why choose a CMS for your website?

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Maybe you are wondering why choose a CMS solution instead of developing a website in the traditional way. A tailored website, that is created from scratch without the help of a Content Management System, requests the work and the experience of a specialist which has deep skills in programming languages like JavaScript, HTML and php. On the contrary, that obstacle is overcome by using a CMS and the creation and management of the website is simplified. Obviously, the level of customization would be higher, but the development of a whole website would take much longer. According to the insights, CMS systems are installed on the 47% of online websites. Indeed, a CMS has several benefits:

  • Easy to use
    CMS have an administration panel with a graphical interface very easy to use, with which you can create the website pages and make changes through an editor that shows you directly the final result.
  • Responsive
    Templates included help to create responsive websites, that are able to adjust to the different devices used (desktop, tablet and mobile).
  • Customization
    CMS, as said before, allows you to make an advanced customization through the download of proper plug-in and extensions. For instance, to integrate methods of payment or create the field for the newsletter’s subscription.
  • Multi-user
    Thanks to that feature you can assign different roles to users accessing the website’s administration panel, with related permissions to edit pages, code etc…
  • Community
    CMS have large communities of reference in which users can easily share comments and tips to improve their website.
  • Ranking
    Each CMS enables to optimize website’s contents and performance to increase the ranking on search engines.

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