A content management system will play an important roll in your online presence and we will explain why and outline some of the most popular options.
Establishing a presence online is often one of the top priorities of a modern business wanting to reach a large audience. In the early days of the Internet, most websites consisted of pages done in HyperText Markup Language (HTML) which had been hand edited and uploaded to the Internet. This required technical knowledge and took a lot of time to manage a website with a lot of pages.
The modern website is often powered by some sophisticated software with a back-end allowing the creation of new pages, articles and uploading media by anybody with minimal computer knowledge. This software is called a Content Management System (CMS). The modern CMS will allow multiple people to update and manage a website without any programming knowledge.
The most popular content management systems all have different ways of approaching the way you manage the content. They all have their own extra add-on options you may want for your sites such as photo gallery or discussion forum.
We have tested many content management systems and have outlined some of the best free systems.
WordPress: A free CMS designed for managing a blog or article based website. WordPress has a large community of developers who contribute free and paid themes and add-ons. WordPress is easy to learn and makes writing and publishing articles fast and simple. There is also a mobile app for WordPress allowing you to manage and create content from your phone.
Joomla: A very powerful and flexible CMS. Joomla is well suited for community portal sites, blogs and most other sites. Joomla has a large support community and some very professional add-on options called components.
Drupal: Drupal can be used to build everything from personal blogs to enterprise applications. Thousands of add-on modules and designs let you build any site you can imagine.
There are some commercially available content management systems that will allow you to manage your own website and build an online community.
BoonEx: BoonEx provide a range of products to create and manage a website. BoonEx Products include Dolphin Smart Community Builder, Orca Interactive Forum Script and Barracuda Collaborative Directory Software.
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