WordPress and Content Management Systems (CMS)

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To explain what WordPress is and why you should choose it as your CMS, we’ll start with content management systems and the purpose they serve.

A content management system is basically an application that allows a user to work with a website database through a user friendly graphic interface (GUI). It enables you to interact with the content with little or no coding or programming knowledge. The CMS data is stored in the database and and rendered with a template. When called it is then served to the visitors’ browser as HTML styled with CSS.

There are a number of free CMS platforms in use on the web such as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. Each has its pros and cons, which is better, largely depends on the requirements of the website owner. Read a comparison of of CMS platforms at wpbeginner.com.

Why choose WordPress as your CMS?

We recommend WordPress for most websites as it is relatively easy to learn, even for someone with no coding experience. Joomla and Drupal on the other hand require users to have experience with the HTML, CSS and PHP coding languages.

WordPress is the most popular CMS platform and powers over a third of all the websites on the internet. WordPress was created as a blogging platform in the early 2000’s and has since evolved into a fully fledged content management system. Just about any website can be created, from a personal blog to a full-service, e-commerce site.

WordPress works for all kinds of websites and there are thousands of themes and plugins available. The plugins make it possible for you to customise a website to your specific needs.

Support

A large community of users and developers contribute to WordPress to ensure that it is updated and secure. There are also many support forums and tutorials online if you need help, including the official page WordPress.org.

Getting started

WordPress is easy to download and install, but we’d be glad assist if you need help with a new site. We can also customise an existing theme or create a custom theme for you. Please feel free to contact us regarding anything WordPress related. Visit our home and services pages for more about us and what we do.

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Cimeron Collins

Cimeron is an artist and designer with more than 25 years experience in the printing and publishing industries. He lives in Edenvale, South Africa with his wife Tamay.

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