This tutorial is all about using content management systems to store your website’s content. Some experts believe this is a good idea, especially for backing up your Internet files.

About CMS

If HTML isn’t your thing and you’re planning a website with lots of content, you might want to consider using a “Content Management System,” also known as CMS. With CMS, content is stored in a database away from the site’s template, which makes it impossible to destroy the design structure of the site when editing.

Study Content Management Systems or CMS

CMS systems allow anyone to edit his or her website design, regardless of technical skill level.

Pages can be added or changed easily without knowing any intricate coding. Many websites that use CMS resemble a portal design. This type of system also works well if multiple people or departments will be making updates to the website.

Most CMS systems must be installed on your web server and require that PHP and usually MySQL also to be installed. Once you decide that CMS is for you, you’ll need to decide on which software you’ll want to use.

Many content management systems are “open source,” which means there is no charge to use them and most come with complete documentation for setup and use.

Most all of them also offer support forums if you run into problems when installing or you need to ask a specific question.

Let’s take a look at some of the more popular CMS options available:

1) Typo3: Typo3.org

Free and open sourced software that comes with alist of default plug ins such as calendars, forums, guestbooks, polls and more. This software is not for the faint of heart, as there are many customization features along with a big learning curve.

2) ASPBite: ASPBite.com

A free ASP CMS system with many expandable modules. You’ll first need to download and install what’s called the “base station” as everything else is built on top of that. Add ons include; polls,feedback forums, FAQ and more.

There are more extensive “Pro” modules such as shopping carts and classified ads and others that are available for a fee. ASPBite is easy to use and comes highly rated.

You can search online to find other content management systems to choose from, for you, you’ll need to know what software is installed on your host’s server and you’ll also want to read over the support forums at each site to get an idea of any known problems or issues with each particular system.

A great site for reviewing and rating all types of CMS software is CMSMatrix.org. You can check boxes of the software packages you wish to compare and you’ll be shown a side by side comparison of each along with a full description.

If you’re planning a community site or building a website that will require constant editing and additions, a content management system might be just what you’ve been looking for. Now it’s time to get started – make your plan!

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