In This Article:
- Definition of a CMS.
- Advantages of CMS.
- Types of CMS.
- Top ten most usable CMS.
- Installing your CMS.
In the article on how to create a blog, we introduced CMS. CMS means content management system. Here, we talk more deeply about what a CMS is, and what it does. Also, we talk about the main features of a CMS. In addition to that, we outline the main advantages of using CMS. This information is of great help to the user wanting to make money online using a blog. We already stated why you need a blog to make money online, we move to CMS. We start by defining CMS.
CMS or content management system is a family of software used in the design and dynamic updating of websites. Moreover, content management systems have many features. Each of these features have a specific capacities. It is the combination of these features that make the content management system what it is. Lets talk a bit more about the features that make up a content management system.
Features Of A Content Management System:
In the previous section, we talked about the fact that a CMS has particular features. Here, we look at those features more thoroughly. Here, we talk about 6 features. A CMS has more features, though. We talk about these 6 only. Reason being that almost all the other features go beyond the scope of this series of articles. So, lets get to the features:
- Web based publishing: This means, the capacity to publish web materials. Such as, eBooks, digital magazines, the development of digital libraries and catalogs. This is the feature that enables the user to publish his blog posts.
- Format management: Format here is the pre-established layout for data. Format management feature lets you modify the layout. In other words, this feature lets you choose and modify the appearance of your website. It does this by letting you choose and modify templates. In addition to this feature, the CMS comes with tons of templates. You can buy some if you want. But plenty of them are available already for free.
- History editing: CMS offer you the possibility to modify posts published in the past. Also, you have the possibility to modify pages too. No matter how many times you want to do it.
- Version control: Most CMS update themselves automatically. Updates usually come with new stuff. More often than not, updates bring about usability improvements.
- Indexing: When ever you publish a post on your site, the CMS indexes it. Meaning, the CMS arranges it so that the readers can view your past activity. You can even choose to create an entire page for your posts. The CMS then adds the posts to that page automatically.
- Search: Last but not least, the search feature. This allows your users to perform a search on your website. They can search for a past post or a particular word. This does wonders for your site usability.
All these features model your content management system. As you can see, the content management system helps the user. It does so by taking care of all the technical aspects of the site. As a result, CMS provide a some macro advantages. Next, lets look at more advantages of content management systems.
Advantages Of Content Management Systems:
Previously, we outlined the features of a CMS. Also, we described the features. In this section we are going to talk about the main advantages offered by content management systems. Namely:
- Content management systems make blogs and website creation easy. Most people want to create websites but have no knowledge in website coding. To that, content management systems offer a solution. With a CMS, you no longer need to code yourself. The CMS handles all the coding. You just about your content.
- Multiple users can access the CMS. If you have a bunch of co authors, you can all edit. In other words, each one of you can do his job on his own. Without having to move over another user’s place.
- You will carry out maintenance with greater ease. This is a result of the easy of use of the CMS. Thus, you will easily add new stuff to your website. Also, modifying existing stuff will becomes easier. The CMS handles all the installation and implementation issues.
- Changing your design will be as easy as changing your template. In other words, changing your design will no longer mean changing your code. You just choose from the thousands of templates and install. The CMS handles the code modification.
- You can easily add, modify or delete your content. CMS interfaces are much like your normal computer’s. As a result, you will find it easy and comfortable to alter you content aspect and density.
Types Of Content Management Systems:
Previously we talked about the features of a CMS. Now, we talk about the types CMS. Types of CMS are different in the aim they were created to fulfill. In addition to that, the differences also originate from the features on which the designers emphasized most. In the upcoming lines we are going to talk about various types of CMS. After that, we will discus which one is more adequate for your content management.
- Web CMS ( WCMS): This type of CMS allow the user to create a website without contacting a webmaster. This type of CMS is characterized by its array of already available templates. The user just chooses a template. After that, he fits his content in.
- Enterprise CMS (ECMS): These CMS are used mainly in organisations. They are main designed to hold content and data. The data and content they hold define the hierarchy of an organisation.
- Mobile CMS (MCMS): These CMS handle content for handheld devices. Example of such devices are phones and tablets.
- Component CMS: These manage content at a deeper level. In other words, they manage each component of the content individually. Each component of the content has its own workflow.
- Commercial CMS: With these, you build commercial sites. Such as online stores. They manage the content and the payment portals for users.
Each of these content management systems are useful in their own regards. Here, we look to make money online. Using affiliate marketing. In a previous post we discussed how having a blog helps your affiliate marketing campaign. So, I recommend Web CMS for your blog. I do so because it is the CMS type that fits blogging most. Plus, this type handles all the devices.
How To Choose The Appropriate CMS:
In this section, we talk about the right content management system. Not the right CMS type. That was discussed in the previous section. When it comes to choosing the appropriate the content management system, there is no right or wrong. The main thing your content management system should do is help your business flourish.
In addition to helping your business, there are other factors. Below is a list of conditions a content management system should fulfill. To be adequate for your blog a CMS should have the following characteristics:
- Your CMS should be easy to use.
- Good CMS should allow handheld devices to view the content clearly.
- The CMS should allow you to navigate through. In addition to that, modifications should not be difficult to add.
- Your CMS should provide a wide variety of templates. Also, those templates should be easy to use.
- The chosen CMS should open pages quickly. In addition to that, the CMS should be able to maintain this speed as the site grows.
- Finally, the CMS should provide extensive help and support when needed.
As CMS, I use WordPress. I would recommend you also do the same. WordPress is the best CMS out there for bloggers. It is easy to use. Moreover, changing the entire blog’s design can be done in less than five minutes. The same goes for content. Another huge advantage is that, there are 2000+ free templates.
Installing Your CMS:
Choosing a CMS is not all there is to it. You also have to register to a web host and get a domain name. Previously, I explained that I chose WordPress as content management system. I also explained why I did. As web host, I chose Bluehost. This web host was recommended to me by Clickbank.
As a result of my choice, I will talk about installing WordPress on Bluehost. Remember I told you about CMS having a support service? If you choose another CMS, you will need to view their support page. If you already know how to install that other CMS, then you do not need support.
So, lets get to this. How to install WordPress on Bluehost.
- Log into your Bluehost account.
- Find the website section and select install WordPress. A great advantage of Bluehost is that it offers a free domain name on sign up.
- Click the install button.
- Choose the domain name to install it to.
- Read through the license and service agreements and check boxes.
- Click the install button.
That’s it. See how easy it is to install WordPress on Bluehost. This is so easy. As a result, you will be able to get your blog running in no time.
We conclude with one remark. Creating a blog is easier with a CMS. Remember that CMS means content management system. Any other website too can be created with a CMS. We also saw that a CMS manages the technical aspects the website. Another standout is that with a CMS, you create a website in no time. In other words, a CMS gets your business started quickly.
There are also many advantages to using a CMS. Ease of use is the one that stands out the most to me. I leave you here for today. I invite you to subscribe to our newsletter to learn more on how you could make money online for free.
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