People new to building an online business often ask themselves, what is a website content management system, also referred to as CMS? Generally speaking, it is the kind of software which allows one to write content and post it on their website.
These systems are the foundation of all types of websites from simple blogs to fully featured commercial sites. It offers an alternative to building a website from scratch because there is no need to code by hand using computer language. It is a ready-made system that enables you to create and edit a website with a few clicks of a mouse.
Advantages & Disadvantages
The Benefits of Content Management Systems:
Quick to set up and get running so you can create fully working customize sites in a few hours – at wealthy affiliate this may occur in less than an hour.
Note: This does not mean one can make money right away. It requires additional time to create content as well as getting visitors.
Extendable through plug-ins making it simple to add specific functions to the site. For example, imagine you would like your visitors to share an article. Well, with a few clicks you can upload a social media plug-in to automatically add buttons for sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and others.
Reliable and continually updated If you choose one of the big players. This is crucial to maintain security and to ensure the operation is at normal speed and error-free.
The Drawbacks of Content Management Systems:
In my world, there’re few negatives to the content management system. I work with individuals who create work from home online businesses requiring one website, to begin with. It is the simplest, easiest most efficient way to start and thousands of plug-ins exist which is ample for our needs.
The main drawback is for the more ambitious, knowledgeable computer-literate programmer or site owner who needs a very specific function added. In the event that your business starts earning thousands of dollars per month, you can hire someone to make whatever changes are deemed necessary.
Which CMS is Best?
There are numerous content management systems available each with varying functionalities designed to compliment companies depending upon the size of the business and the tasks required. Several of the easiest ones to use are the following:
However, for creating an everyday business website WordPress is the best choice. It is simpler to install and in some cases already installed for you. As mentioned previously, it is especially easy to get working and has a wide range of useful plug-ins available that extend its ability to do things such as creating shopping carts.
There are thousands of themes from various developers many free to change the site’s look and feel. There are also hundreds of small business communities which have incorporated Word Press into their tools and training systems. This provides an additional benefit to you because it actually simplifies the process even further.
The WordPress learning curve is reduced significantly because of the automated procedures put into place by these training communities. There is also no need to upload the CMS to your host. Please trust me when I say this removes an awful lot of the frustration experienced by new affiliate marketers.
What CMS Do I Recommend?
First, the content management system that you wish to use will depend upon your abilities using a computer. I tend to write for the individual entrepreneur or else what I like to call the solopreneur. These folks have limited experience using content management systems or computer programming.
They are looking for a fast, simple solution to getting their business up and running pronto. Therefore, the obvious and only answer is to use WordPress.
However, I would like to go a step further. I highly recommend that you join a community that offers a tool similar to Site Rubix. I have provided a detailed description in an article entitled Best business Website Builder Revealed. This private builder allows for near-instant site creation.
In addition, Site Content takes care of the writing side of things enabling you to simply press a button to publish content to your WordPress blog. Final touches can be made within the WordPress back office.
How Content Management Systems Work
The first step is to set up your website. Choose a domain name for your website and click. You will have the opportunity to purchase the domain or use a free one associated with SiteRubix. The next step is to choose a WordPress theme, click, wait a minute or two and then you are ready to log into your new website.
Once logged in, you will be brought to your WordPress dashboard. You are now officially inside the content management system of your website. There are a few other tasks that need to be performed before the site goes live. I have already written extensively about site rubrics site builder and site content.
They are the tools I use for website management and my content creation and publishing. Why? Because I am a self-taught computer user without any programming skills so it is a no-brainer for me to use such a simple system. However, I do use the dashboard in the back office of WordPress or fine-tuning articles.
So here is the snapshot of the WordPress dashboard. It really is easy to learn how to navigate the back office and write posts from there if you like.
Get the most recent version of WordPress and keep all your plugins up to date.
All in One SEO
This is a plugin which automates the technical side of optimizing the site for the search engines. Pre-installed at Site Rubix.
We can view, add and write posts from here. In my community, we write posts in SiteContent which checks for duplicate content and then automatically posts to WordPress.
Of course, the place where one goes to upload images and videos. A couple of clicks is all it usually takes.
These days comments play a role in search engine ranking. Here you can check and reply to comments. We have Site Comments at WA to allow members to leave comments on sites.
Custom tailor the look of your website. Change fonts, colours, design and much more.
Do a search for new plugins to add. Need a contact form? Product review template? Maybe something or charts or tables? It can all be found here. Thousands of choices.
Have a pen name? Are you outsourcing? Do you have several writers on your team? Add specific usernames here.
Mainly for importing and exporting. Most of the time this will be for backing up your website data. In case of a crash, you can then upload the latest saved version. Quite honestly, this has never happened to me before.
Nothing really to do with the content per se but general settings are modified like site title, tagline, the number of posts to show, comment restrictions etc.
I believe this is a setting that came with my specific theme that allows universal control over the headers used on my blog. It is nice to have control in one place especially after writing numerous posts.
A plugin I added upon the recommendation of training. It makes affiliate links look clean, neat and tidy for readers. Be careful, however, Google sometimes considers this cloaking which can hurt site rankings.
A social media plugin. It makes it easier for readers to share content from our site. It also provides tools to help us with our marketing and analysis.
What is a website content management system? Simply put – a kind of software that makes it very easy for the average person to build a website or blog. The most popular system is WordPress. However, even WordPress is not simply for the complete novice and requires a steep learning curve.
Therefore, I recommend you join a community which uses WordPress as part of their platform. This means many of the steps will be automated or simplified for you. In addition, the little training required will be included in the overall price of membership.
There are several excellent ones available online but if you would like to try my community they provide a Free Starter Membership which has no limit or expiry date. Upgrading to Premium is optional and there is no upsell.