What is CMS?

What is CMS?


How CMS Works
What is a CMS? A CMS is a content management system that is used to manage the content on a website. The content can consist of web pages, videos, pictures, eBooks, white papers, etc.

Anything having to do with the content of a website can be managed with a CMS easily and quickly, such as updating a web page or adding a picture to a web page. The benefits of having a CMS can include:

  • Quick and easy set-up (after the learning curve)
  • Administrative interface (back office)
  • Ability to redesign templates
  • Extensions and plug-ins automate tasks

Content management systems videos and webinars

The videos and webinars in this blog post all focus on what is a CMS, the different types of content management systems available and there will also be video introductions for some of the systems.

I will list the first two videos quickly so that you can jump right in and begin learning about content management systems and then I’ll add some text so that you can reinforce what you’ve learned from the videos. Please bookmark this page now.

What is a CMS? - Building eBusiness - Internet marketing video



What is CMS and do I need one? - Internet marketing video

This webinar is produced by Hall Internet Marketing. The presenter is Alayna White, she is a CMS manager/developer for Hall.

The video lasts about 25 minutes and goes into detail about content management systems.


What Is a CMS and Do I Need One? from Hall Internet Marketing on Vimeo.

Content management systems explained

The videos below cover the different types of CMSs that are available for you to use and how to use them. In the text that follows I’m going to talk a little bit about content management systems.

You can skip down to the video introductions to Joomla, WordPress and Drupal and if you’re in a hurry.

As you have seen in the webinar a content management system makes it easy to add content to a website or change web pages by:

What is Drupal CMS

  • Adding text
  • Adding hyper-linked text
  • Adding pictures
  • And other content

The best part of a CMS is that you can create a system to have multiple users so that different people on your team can add content to your website.

However, one of the things to consider is how many people will be allowed to use the system to publish content on the website.

If you’re on your own that is not an issue but small businesses have different strategies when it comes to their CMS.

For example, some companies allow everyone to publish content or only a select few.

Other companies have one person managing the system so that every piece of content goes through one person before it is published on the website.

An Introduction to Joomla’s Content Management System - Internet marketing video

Joomla! CMS
Joomla is a free community developed open source content management system that can be customized to fit the requirements of many personal and business websites.

In this webinar you will be given an introduction to Joomla. The speaker goes over the basics of setting up a Joomla site.

She also goes over the pros and cons of the CMS so that you will be able to decide if it would be a good solution for your personal or business website.


An Introduction to Joomla from Hall Internet Marketing on Vimeo.

An Introduction to the WordPress Content Management System - Internet marketing video

This CMS webinar is an introduction to the WordPress content management system. She talks about some of the history of the CMS and basic usage information.

WordPress CMS
WordPress is a blogging platform that has grown into being a lot more to the people who use the system.

This very popular system has many features and a large following. In this webinar we will go over the pros and cons of WordPress and provide the basics so that you can determine if it is something you can use for your personal or business website.


An Introduction to WordPress from Hall Internet Marketing on Vimeo.

An Introduction to the Drupal Content Management System - Internet marketing video

A lot of people have heard of the Drupal content management system as it continues to grow in popularity.

Drupal has a large following of people that swear by the system. This webinar talks about the pros and cons of the CMS and how it can be used to create custom websites.

After watching this webinar you will know the basics of Drupal and you’ll be in a better place to make a decision if it can be a solution for your website.


An Introduction to Drupal from Hall Internet Marketing on Vimeo.

Additional resources for content management systems and content development 

Listed below are links to the content management systems that were discussed on this blog post.  There are also links to other content articles, webinars and short videos.

- Drupal website

- Joomla website

- WordPress website

- ZenCart (shopping cart CMS)

- php88 (forum CMS)

- List of other content management systems

- Video Making Tips Producing Great Video Content

- Blog Content Online Content Coming Up With New Content

- Web Content Development Content Marketing Webinar

- Content Marketing Strategy

- Content Rules by Ann Handley and C.C. Chapman

- How To Use PLR Content For Internet Marketing

- Video Content For Internet Marketing

I hoped your question, what is a CMS was answered. A content management system shouldn’t be difficult to install and understand after you get over the learning curve.

Any content management system should be used frequently to keep your website updated with fresh content. Which CMS did you decide on trying first?

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