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What is a CMS? (Content Management System)


Content Management System – what is it? How does it apply to you?

E very time a new technology is introduced to a workplace, it can be daunting to begin understanding the features it offers, how to best utilize the features, and how to simply use the technology. Once you’ve spent enough time within a program, you become comfortable and it simply transitions into a part of your everyday work life, and you soon can’t imagine your day-to-day procedure without it.

If you have a website, or are interested in getting your website updated, you’ve probably heard the term “CMS” thrown around, but may not know exactly what it means or how it applies to you. CMS stands for Content Management System. A Content Management System is a web-based application that provides various management capabilities for your website.


Managing content on your website can refer to creating, editing, publishing, or distributing website content, and information. For example, with a Content Management System you can control web pages, articles, press releases, blogs, events and calendars, products and orders (if your site has a shop), site data, etc

The CMS we build on, is called WordPress. There are multiple options within various Content Management System platforms, but ultimately the decision on which to build upon varies greatly depending on your needs, your management requirements, and price. Our next post will go over the benefits of WordPress compared to the other Content Management System platforms that are available, and why we build upon WordPress compared to the others.

View the WordPress Content Management System “back end”.


Now, we’ve added a new term; Back end. What does this mean? A back end is the administrative area for the CMS. Imagine the front end of your website as what everyone sees, and the back end is what the administration sees, how and where you update, etc. Diving further into the Content Management System, we will explain the features available and how to get the most out of your back end/CMS.