Basic concept of CMS(Content Management System)

Basic concept of CMS(Content Management System)

  CMS (Content Management System) is a web-based application that provides capabilities for multiple users with different permission levels to manage the content of a website. Managing content refers to creating, editing, publishing, archiving, collaborating on, reporting, distributing website content, data and information.

CMS(Content Management System) Functionalities :

CMS application is a Web Application that provides the following administration, control panel or website management functionalities:
  • Create, Edit, Publish, Archive web pages
  • Create, Edit, Publish, Archive blogs
  • Create, Edit, Publish, Archive press releases
  • Create, Edit, Publish, Archive articles
  • Add / Edit events into an Event Calendar
  • Add / Edit Inventory (products), description, product specifications, prices, photos, etc.

CMS(Content Management System) Features:

  • SEO-friendly URLs
  • customizable templates to manage the content presentation
  • permission-based access control
  • user and group functionality
  • content organization structures, eg hierarchy and taxonomy
  • content virtualization
  • versioning and workflow management
  • collaboration platform
  • delegation between user groups
  • language or user support
  • integrated file managers
  • integrated audit logs
  • install and upgrade wizards
CMS Vs Framework  
CMS Framework
1. CMS or content management system is a web application for managing content. A CMS is built on top of an underlying framework. It enables users to install themes, plugins, etc. without effecting the essential functionality of the site. A CMS doesn’t require any coding knowledge since it is based on installable modules that don’t touch the original code. It is a simple and easy way to create websites. Some examples of CMS’ you might have heard of include Joomla, Drupal, and WordPress. 1. A framework is a library that makes it possible to develop a web application using the pre-written code. CodeIgniter, CakePHP, etc are some of the well-known examples of web application frameworks.
2. Using a CMS you get a predefined set of features, you can choose an already styled theme for your website and you can add new features by easily installing plugins. CMS has limitations. So, you can’t really change the core functionality of a CMS. 2. Using a framework, you have to build everything from scratch but you can create distinctive and unique features. Frameworks are highly customizable. A framework has no limits.
3. The majority of CMS’ are open-source, which means the code is available to anyone. So, this is a good thing, but it also makes the job of hackers and anyone with a malicious purpose a little easier. 3. Since websites developed using frameworks will feature their own custom code that is integrated into the framework, it’s much harder to find security flaws.
4. Content management systems are updated regularly. 4. A framework is rarely updated and must be maintained.
Which one is the best for your business : Ultimately, the choice will always depend on the project requirements. Following are the points which help to take the decision:
  • The time you’re willing to spend on the project.
  • The amount of money you can invest into the project.
  • The project’s unique requirements and how flexible the website needs to be.
  • The hosting environment for the website.

Conclusion :

CMS’ are easier to use if your project requirements are relatively straightforward. On the other hand, frameworks, custom programming allows you to build the website exactly the way you want it. It is absolutely the right choice for building big applications with large feature-sets and unique requirements.