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What is a Content Management System?

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A content management system (CMS) is an application or group of applications that you or your business can use to manage content digitally.

One set of content management tools is for large operations so they can manage digital information within their operation is referred to as an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system and can incorporate the company's blog.

The other set of content management tools is for coordinating and authoring web content and referred to as Web Content Management (WCM). A web content management system would be most familiar to someone who runs a blog or the blog portion of a website.
A content management system (CMS) is a software application or set of related programs that are used to create and manage digital content. CMSes are typically used for enterprise content management (ECM) and web content management (WCM). An ECM facilitates collaboration in the workplace by integrating document management, digital asset management and records retention functionalities, and providing end users with role-based access to the organization's digital assets. A WCM facilitates collaborative authoring for websites. ECM software often includes a WCM publishing functionality, but ECM webpages typically remain behind the organization's firewall.

Both enterprise content management and web content management systems have two components: a content management application (CMA) and a content delivery application (CDA)...
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Check out our content management section of Informed Webmaster forums for discussion and help with either type of CMS you have chosen to use.


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What are the main features included in CMS platforms?

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What do most CMS systems include?
Most CMS platforms include basic website creation and content management features. These include: a WYSIWYG editor, web page layout templates and themes, content versioning and archiving, a publishing workflow, content scheduler/calendar, content tagging tools, and mobile optimization capabilities. More advanced CMS platforms may include more features aimed at managing content with complex structures across multiple webpages.
What are the main features included in CMS platforms?


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List of content management systems

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There is an article at Wikipedia which lists content management systems where you can start your investigation into which WCM or ECM system would work best for you. The list is broken down into:
  • Open Source
  • Software as a service (SaaS)
  • Proprietary software
  • Other content management frameworks
Included with each named product is the list of technologies required to run the CMS. This affects the server services you need so be sure to keep that in mind when creating your list of CMS systems to look into further.


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