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CMS Websites

Enlightening Facts about Online CMS Websites

If you try to stay on top of all the technical lingo it seems like there’s a new acronym to learn every day. It seems like there’s no end in site for the parade of technical jargon you need to know just to stay current with the latest tech talk When it comes to building websites, the latest hot topic is CMS.

So, what is a CMS and how can you benefit from using one?

CMS Demystified

CMS stands for Content Management System. A CMS allows collaborative efforts to take place on a central website. In addition to making content available to multiple users, a CMS also has features built in to reduce repetitive tasks, like adding links or building new pages. In essence a website built on a CMS platform gives you, and anyone working with you, the ability to work on a common interface to design, build and maintain a professional, user-friendly website.

The Most Popular Web CMSSet Up Your CMS Website Easily

Most people, who know their way around the Internet, think of one word when they hear “CMS” – WordPress. This platform is, by far, the most popular CMS in use today. WordPress allows people, who may not know one line of HTML coding, to set up and publish fantastic looking, user friendly websites. There are hundreds of WordPress tools that you can use to take care of some of the most complex tasks imaginable.

It used to be that you had to be a web programmer or hire one if you wanted to add interactive elements, like contact forms or blogs to your website. WordPress eliminates the need for website design and programming experience. You can choose from hundreds of plugins, themes and widgets to take care of virtually any programming or web design task.

What’s  Behind the Curtain?

Behind the scenes of any website there’s a web hosting solution. Taking care of all the technical background tasks used to be a daunting task. These days, the top web hosting companies offer a nifty user interface, called cPanel, to ease those administrative burdens.

cPanel takes all of technical, behind-the-scenes management tools, and puts them all in an easy to use GUI interface. Some of the things you can do with cPanel may still require you to get help from an expert, but the cPanel interface makes day to day website administration a breeze. When choosing a web hosting company, I implore you to get a host that offers cPanel. You can thank me later…

Building great websites is simple with the WordPress CMS platform. Combined with a great web hosting company (such as Stallion Hosting ;-)) that offers cPanel, you’ll find that this website administration stuff isn’t as tough as you thought it would be.

Daniel Hall

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Fantastico cPanel Hosting CMS

Fantastico cPanel Hosting – CMS

FantasticoOn to the second part of the Fantastico cPanel Hosting blogging series where we will be discussing the various Content Management Systems (CMSs) that are included in all of our Website Hosting Packages at Stallion Hosting. Content Management Systems are designed to help you and your business/community easily publish, manage and organize a variety of content and create a sort of news-based web portal. CMS’s allow end-users (know as authors) to provide new information to the website in the form of articles as well as other forms of content.

Content Management Systems use a concept of the workflow for the target users, which defines how the new content is to be routed around the system so that the user that requires that certain information is able to get to it. All this breaks down to a general definition of a CMS, which is: A (CMS) Content Management System is software that easily allows users to create, edit and manage web content. This is just one of the reasons why content management systems have become very popular amongst designers, developers and users across the globe.

These are just a few advantages of using CMS:

  • Keep your content organized and easily accessible
  • Build up a comprehensive data base
  • Reduce content and site maintenance costs
  • Increase your data security

CMS options with Fantastic and cPanel Hosting:

  • Drupal:
    • Short description: An advanced portal with collaborative book, search engines friendly URLs, online help, roles, full content search, site watching, threaded comments, version control, blogging, news aggregator.
      For more info you can view the homepage of this CMS: http://www.drupal.org
  • Geeklog:
    • Short description: A portal system with a wide range of modules.
      For more info you can view the homepage of this CMS: http://www.geeklog.net
  • Joomla:
    • Short description: Joomla! is one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management Systems on the planet. It is used all over the world for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications. Joomla! is easy to install, simple to manage, and reliable.
      For more info you can view the homepage of this CMS: http://www.joomla.org
  • Mambo:
    • Short description: A professional level yet easy to use Content Management System featuring inline WYSIWYG content editors, newsfeeds, syndicated news, banners, mailing users, links manager, statistics, content archiving, date based content, 20 languages, modules and components.
      For more info you can view the homepage of this CMS: http://www.mambo-foundation.org
  • php-Nuke:
    • Short description: One of the most popular community-based portals with a big choice of modules and languages.
      For more info you can view the homepage of this CMS: http://www.phpnuke.org
  • Siteframe:
    • Short description: A straightforward content-management system designed for rapid deployment of community-based websites. Nice-looking templates, oriented toward document-sharing, clean interface.
      For more info you can view the homepage of this CMS: http://siteframe.org

These are just a few of the CMS options that are available for installation with Fantastico and a cPanel. Our advice for anyone thinking of implementing and using a CMS is to make sure you do your homework and research before making a decision. Make sure you are comfortable with the system and ensure there is sufficient support documents, go into the support forums of the systems and ask questions etc.

Our Top Three Choices of Content Management Systems are:

  1. WordPress – You just cannot beat WordPress, it really and truly makes setting up an online presence just to easy 🙂
  2. Joomla! – very widely used, reliable system that does have a learning curve, but all CMS will. Joomla is an excellent CMS platform.
  3. Drupal – Also very popular and widely supported

Watch out for our next post, Enlightening Facts about Online CMS Websites coming soon!

Daniel Hall

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