What is a CMS?

A Content Management System, or better known as CMS, is a software or an application that is used in creating, editing, uploading and managing content that is displayed in a website. Often it includes a suite or group of applications and tools that is group together to make the task of managing content a lot easier. It is a powerful yet easy application that can perform a wide array of functions such as managing the connect interacts with other elements of the website, regulate when a specific content is to be displayed and the number of times it is to be displayed to a certain user.

More importantly, a CMS makes it easy for less or even non-technical content managers to seamlessly and “professionally” manage the content of their website without the need to hire professionals.

What are advantages of using CMS?

Aside from being easy to use, using CMS in managing your website brings a lot of advantages. Among them are the following:

  • It enables individuals with no technical background or previous programming know-how to easily create, edit and manage a site’s content;
  • Changes that are made to the website are automatically posted in the major search engines;
  • When content is changed or added, it automatically conforms with the already established visual appearance and design;
  • It automatically updates the site’s menu when a page is added or deleted;
  • Image size requirements are gracefully enforced;
  • Updates can be made anytime;
  • CMS maintains a separation between the content, its visual design and structure; making it easier to independently edit and change any of it without affecting the others.

What CMS options does iPage offer?

iPage hosting offers a number of CMS options for its clients to choose from, depending upon which they found best to use. These are:

  • WordPress – WordPress allows users to easily build their own sites with the use of the free template, plugins and widgets. It brings along with it the following characteristics and benefits:
    – It has widgets and plugins that allows you to integrate PayPal;
    – It is World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards compliant, so it means that it passes through the standards of compatibility, loading efficiency and site performance;
    – It is easy to install and use, even for non-technical persons and neophytes;
    – It has a lot of customizable templates;
    – Allows multiple author editing;
    – It has a built-in spam protection;
    – It allows visitor’s comments; something that you can use to evaluate and enhance your site’s process; and
  • Drupal – is an open-source CMS platform that uses a powerful statistical tool that could help monitor site traffic. Among its strong points are:
    – It is open-source which means it is distributed free;
    – It supports OpenID;
    – It has advanced search mechanism;
    – It provides multi-level menu for your site;
    – Allows you to control multiple websites from a single dashboard with the use of its multiple-site support;
    – Enables you to identify who changed what through its user profiles;
    – Allows better team communication with the help of its workflow tools; and
    – A huge collection of color as well as user interface configurable and customizable themes.
  • Joomla – is built and written in PHP and among the popular CMS platforms. It is preferred because:
    – Its Language Manager allows you to easily localize the contents of your website.
    – It allows you to better organize your file types through its Media Manager;
    – It allows you to manage multiple banners and ads; and
    – It has a built-in help and tutorial system;

What is the most commonly used CMS option offered by iPage?

The most preferred and most commonly used CMS platform offered by iPage is WordPress. Although it is originally intended as a blogging platform, WordPress performs equally well as a CMS. It is considered as among the most popular not just by iPage users but throughout the whole internet community. Aside from being OpenSource which means it is free, it is efficient and easy to use that does not require any programming language background.
You can easily download WordPress through its site www.WordPress.org.