What is a CMS?
What exactly is a CMS or Content Management System? How do you get one? And once you have one, how do you use it?
A CMS is a bit of web software that allows a user, mostly with no web programming skills, to add and delete web pages from a website using a simple and intuitive interface. Adding a web page with a CMS requires little or no HTML skills and is as simple as sending an email!
CMS's can be really simple or can be vastly intricate. They can also be free or they can cost hundreds of thousands. But don't assume that 'free' means 'not as good' as the commercial products. The three best CMS's on the market are totally free!
Here at WebCraftNi.com we specialise in a CMS called Joomla. Joomla is a free CMS built and maintained by a worldwide community of enthusiasts, who release free updates and patches. Joomla is highly extendable, so 3rd party developers are free to develop and sell add-ons that make Joomla sites come to life. Developers have given us everything from social networks, to forums, directories, blogging tools, the list goes on...
What makes CMS's shine, and Joomla in particular, is the templating system. A template dictates the look of a website and is applied throughout the site, this means when you fill out the content of a new page, and the fonts, colours, background, menus, widgets etc are already taken care of by the template. No need to mess around with computer code to get a new menu item, no Dreamweaver... IT JUST WORKS!
What all this means to the end user, and WebCraftNI.com's customers, is stunningly beautiful and functional websites that THEY control. It's a liberating and democratising experience when a new site owner takes their site by the scruff of the neck and makes it work how they want it to. We at WebCraftNI.com will help you do just that with your new website.
Want to know what the other two free CMS's are? Wordpress and Drupal. Both have their advantages, Wordpress for it's blogging tools and Drupal for it's simplicity, but Joomla just has everything.