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CMS – What is it?


CMS (Content Management System) is a system that allows you to manage your website without writing code. CMSs are used by both large companies and individuals because they can help streamline the process of creating and updating content on a website.

What is a CMS & Why use it?

A CMS is a web application that allows you to create, edit and manage a website. It allows you to create content like text and images, organise it into pages, publish your content online and modify your website without having to know how to code. A CMS comes with pre-built templates (themes) so that the look of your site can be customised without any need for programming knowledge.

A CMS makes it easy to update your website and allows you to add new content, pages, products and services yourself.

What types of websites use a CMS?

CMS is used by many different types of websites, such as large organisations, small businesses, as well as non-profit organisations and governments. CMS is also used for e-commerce websites and blogs.

A great feature about CMS is that it can be customised to fit the needs of any organisation, big or small, and will provide an easy way to update your website without having to hire a web developer every time you want to make changes or add new content.

What does the future of CMS look like?

CMS will continue to evolve as a technology, and it’s likely that CMS will become more integrated with other technologies. It’s also worth noting that the CMS market is growing rapidly and the global content management system application market hit $43.5 billion (USD) in 2020.

With this in mind, we can expect a few things from the future of CMS:

  • CMS will become more user-friendly and easier for non-technical users to use (ie those without programming skills). This will allow people who don’t have much experience working with code or web development tools to access these platforms more easily.
  • It could also lead to fewer customisation options for developers looking to build on top of existing platforms like WordPress or Drupal because all users would need access that same level of customisation ability as well, and some may not want this option available at all times!

Open-source CMS

The term “open-source” refers to a software model that allows for the free use and modification of a program’s source code. In this way, open-source CMS platforms can be customized by their users without requiring knowledge of programming languages such as HTML or CSS. However, you still need someone with the technical knowledge to customise or contribute to open-source code. Open-source CMS are ideal for websites that need to be highly customised in order to meet unique needs, such as those with large user bases or large amounts of content.

WordPress is an open-source CMS, which means it’s free to use and modify. It has a large community of developers who create plug-ins that allow you to extend the functionality of your site. It’s also one of the most popular CMS platforms on the web, with over 60 million websites using it as their foundation.

Cloud-based CMS

Cloud-based CMS is a web-based content management system that can be accessed through the cloud. It allows you to create and update your website from any location with an internet connection, which makes it very convenient for businesses that need to manage their websites remotely or on the go.

There are many benefits of using cloud-based systems, including:

  • Increased productivity: Since you’re not limited by where you’re located or what device(s) you are using at any given time, it’s easier for employees who travel frequently or work remotely from home offices or coffee shops with slower Wi-Fi connections than those at headquarters’ offices because there’s no need to wait until they get back into town before updating the website with new information or making changes based on feedback from clients/customers
  • Better quality control: Because all edits made by different people will appear simultaneously in real time without having had any chance of being corrupted along their journey from one place (server) onto another (client device), there won’t be any discrepancies between what was originally written versus what appears live on screen when viewing said page(s)

Proprietary CMS

Proprietary CMSs are the most common type of CMS. In other words, they’re owned by a company that develops and maintains them. The proprietary nature of these systems means that the software is not open source and therefore cannot be modified by anyone outside of that company’s control. Proprietary CMSs can be offered as paid products (like Squarespace or Wix). The benefit of this option is these companies offer product support as part of the price and the options can be more feature rich.


We hope this article has helped you understand what CMS is, why it’s important, and how it can be used to build your website. Follow this blog for more handy hints & tips.

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