Choosing A Content Management System

Content Management Systems have become one of the most powerful web masters’ tool since PHP. In markets where websites need to be created easier and faster, a great number of developers are resorting to Open Source CMSs to get the job done. These days CMSs are not used just for posting articles in online newspapers and magazines.

The whole point of these systems is to enable you to manage your web sites all by yourself without applying for any help to web developers. With a CMS you can actually create, publish, control and manage content using a friendly interface.

The choice of CMSs ranges from simple and easy-to-use systems offering minimum of functionality to very sophisticated ones allowing companies to quickly and efficiently build, deploy, and maintain highly dynamic websites with advanced features. So first of all you need to be fully aware of the purposes your website is to pursue, that is what you need it for. Your ultimate choice also depends on what kind of platform you will be using to run your content management system. There are CMSs written in PHP or Python, other systems may use .Net technology. It is also important what sort of content you need to publish through your CMS: text, images, audio, video.

If you’re simply going to create and maintain a blog you can use weblog software, for instance, MovableType, WordPress, TypePad, etc. Today we have lots of applications developed specifically for blogging but many people use various CMSs to create their web sites and even small-scale magazines. If you need to develop a large-scale content website you may want to use something like Drupal, B2Evolution, TYPO3, PHPNuke, etc. Commercial CMSs available in the market can range between $100-$10000 for small and mid-range businesses.

It is also worth pointing out that some people are prejudiced against CMSs because they believe that using a CMS on your website can adversely affect your SEO rankings. That’s not true. Of course some CMSs don’t meet search engine requirements and seem to work at odds with SEO. For the most part this results from the fact that many CMSs generate dynamic URLs and search engines may just crawl past them without indexing. But the biggest problem with CMS tools is not the tool itself, but rather the people using it. CMSs have become very popular with the people who have nothing to do with coding or web development and oftentimes websites are created without a tiny bit of SEO on the creator’s mind. Simply put, if you don’t know how to write SEO friendly content, how to add appropriate meta data, and how to invent strong sub-titles, you will end up with your CMS generating poorly optimized web pages. But that’s not the CMS’s fault. In addition, SEO is not all about proper coding, it’s also about having fresh and relevant content. A good CMS website with interesting and fresh content can outrank any other HTML/CSS-based website without proper relevant content.

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