Content Management System

A content management system (CMS) enables users to create, change, and publish digital documents, images, audio, video, maps, and content in other formats within a collaborative environment. Often guided by governance procedures and workflows, users perform document management for a website.

Structure

CMSs usually consist of a content management application that allows users to add, change, and delete content from a website without needing help from IT and a content delivery application that compiles the content and publishes it on the website.

Features

Typically, CMSs include most of the following features:

  • Web-based publishing
  • Online documentation
  • Template support
  • Version control
  • Audit logs
  • User and permission management
  • Group functionality
  • Installation and upgrade wizards
  • Compliance with accessibility standards
  • Indexing and search
  • Style management
  • Less need to code
  • Search engine optimization (SEO)

Popular CMSs

The most popular CMS is WordPress, used by more than 28 percent of all websites. Other CMSs include Joomla and Drupal.


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