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Content Management Systems (CMS)

If you are starting out  on your first website, this may not mean anything to you.  Content management systems, particularly those that are open-source systems provide a range of features in modules so you do not need to write code.  It is a faster way to get a robust and feature-rich site up and running.  They are used to build dynamic web sites with a broad range of features and services including

  • blogs

  • bulletin boards

  • chat

  • classified

  • dashboards and portals

  • discussion / forums

  • document management

  • events calendars

  • FAQ management

  • groupware

  • guest books

  • help desk

  • job postings

  • link management

  • mail forms

  • metadata functionalities using controlled vocabularies and

  • news aggregation,

  • newsletters

  • photo gallery

  • polls

  • publishing workflow,

  • RSS

  • search engine

  • site map

  • surveys

  • template creation and management

  • tests and quizzes

  • user administration,

  • user contributions

  • XML publishing for content sharing purposes.


They are usually equipped with a powerful blend of features and configurability to be able to support a diverse range of web projects ranging from personal weblogs to large community-driven sites.

How to Choose A CMS

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