What is a CMS?

Content Management System.

This is how you make changes to your website. The back-end interface on sites built in WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla allows you to quickly and easily make changes to your website without having to know computer programming code.

All you need is a username and password.

Do I have to have a blog to have a CMS?

Not at all, but most CMSs come with a blog built-in. If you don’t want a blog, but only a beautiful website that is easy to update, you can turn off the blog easily.

One of my clients was a gluten-free bakery, and he just wanted an easy brochure-ware website that had his basic information online. Sometimes he made changes to his menu or his staff, and WordPress allows him to make those changes easily, without having to maintain a blog as well.

WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla – what’s the difference?

Pura Vida MultiMedia is a WordPress website design studio, because it has a much better user interface than Drupal or Joomla. Most website owners want ease of use, instead of advanced functions, and WordPress has a robust open-source community that is constantly devising new themes and plugins for better website performance.

Drupal is more advanced, from a technological standpoint, but lacks many of the design and usability features of WordPress. We usually recommend Drupal for websites that involve complicated shopping cart functions.

Joomla can be used to craft some visually amazing websites, if there is room in the budget to spend plenty of time in design. Many website owners converting from a Flash site into a CMS structure want to retain the exciting slideshows and movement of pictures that you can do with Flash, and Joomla is usually the best step up for them.

Blogging for Dummies

Since a CMS comes with a blog, it seems wasteful not to take advantage of the amazing functions a blog can offer. If you don’t want to hire a company on retainerΒ to do your blogging for you, having an easy way to create blog posts quickly is going to be essential for you.

If you want to get up and running on WordPress quickly, we’ve got a tutorial series coming your way soon. Stay tuned!

By | 2016-12-20T07:37:27+00:00 July 28th, 2012|Blog, Content Marketing, How To, Pura Vida MultiMedia|

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Father of 3. WordPress website designer. Creative director @ Stellar Platforms. Writer, multimedia producer, digital marketer, and retired superhero.

One Comment

  1. Karen September 22, 2012 at 6:34 am - Reply

    Hi Caelan,
    I am interested in the WordPress “tutorial series” coming up soon! πŸ™‚ Karen

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