One of dynamic web programming’s most ground-breaking benefits is content management systems which make the life of internet content editors easier and their work more attractive visually.

Imagine for a moment that you are an online newspaper or magazine editor. You need to be creative in your writings and very well informed about the content you write about. Nevertheless, these abilities alone aren’t good enough to be able to work in an online “news” source. What you do need is at least a very general knowledge on the functions and the tags of HTML (Hypertext Markup Language). For example, you should be able to create codes for the presentations of your articles. The process of writing articles for the web can be very trying and exhausting, if you haven’t heard of CMS’s (Content Management Systems).

A Content Management System is nearly like a personal automated web page author. You just compose your articles, surveys, and rating systems as if you were using a word processor or a visual editing program. Using the data you put in as its drive, the CMS collects all of these in a database and then translates them into HTML. CMS fundamentally acts like a translator between you and the browsers through creating graphical interfaces which are very user-friendly.

There is generally a front-end and a back-end to CMS. Clearly, the front-end refers to the face of the site that every visitor gets to see. The back-end is the graphical interface which is user-friendly where you can change your content or the template with the aid of the many wizards that are given by these systems. For example, let’s imagine you needed to write a code for the user-upload function in the site, or a survey system that would make it possible for users to vote for your articles; you won’t have to touch Dreamweaver, Frontpage, or any kind of HTML editor at all; hundreds of modules are already written for different CMS’s. All you have to do is download the module to your server and then make the installation.

Lots of CM systems online are presented as freeware. Nonetheless, below are two ideas for various user groups;

Typo3: If you think you are a professional and can deal with some PHP coding, this sturdy, flexible system could just be what you are looking for.

Mambo: If this is a hobby and you’d rather not deal with PHP coding, then Mambo should be right for you since it does not oblige the user to change much and is already supported by lots of ready-to-install modules and templates.

Overall, CMS makes our life a lot more easy than in the past whilst making our sites a lot more attractive. Content Management Systems are the “operating systems”, personal coders and free translators of the web.

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