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Friday, 7 December 2018

Introduction to Content Management System (Lesson 3)

Welcome to the Third Lesson

We want to specifically welcome you to yet another training section with us. We hope you have been following all the previous classes so far. Please if you missed the last two training, you can revisit them here so as to stay connected with the flow.


What is CMS?


CMS is an acronym for  Content Management System. CMS manages the creation and modification of digital content. It typically supports multiple users in a collaborative environment. CMS features vary widely. Most CMSs include Web-based publishing, format management, history editing and version control, indexing, search, and retrieval. By their nature, Content Management Systems support the separation of content and presentation.

A Web Content Management System (WCM or WCMS) is a CMS designed to support the management of the content of Web pages. Most popular CMSs are also WCMSs. Web content includes text and embedded graphics, photos, video, audio, maps, and program code (e.g., for applications) that displays content or interacts with the user.

Popular CMS platforms include:

WordPress
Joomla
Drupal
Blogger
Etc


Don't forget CMS is a platform that allows you to publish or store your contents. As a new blogger/web designer, you will need a CMS platform to do the the following:


  • to publish posts, pictures, videos, musical files, PDFs etc for your audience to access
  • to manage the format of all or each publication through automated or manual settings
  • To keep record of your online postings by back dating, front dating or edit the date of any posts
  • For a careful, neat and retrievable log of your posts

In simpler concept, CMS is the hosting account you must have before you are accessible on the internet to your readers. It is the place where your site lives.

Features of cms

1 SEO-friendly URLs

You can optimize your blogs for search engine visibility like on Google or bing

2. Integrated and online help

You will receive an overwhelming assistance both on the platform and from other online experienced users

3. Modularity and Extensibility

You can control, moderate and upgrade your blog... You can make it visible, you can turn it to a full website, you can prevent people from seeing or commenting etc

4, User and group functionality

You can limit access of your site to a group, you can even turn it into a forum etc

5. Templating support for changing designs

You can change templates and customise them at will

6. Install and upgrade widgets

Widgets are plugins that gives your blog a professional out look

7. Integrated audit logs

Your blog is published in archives with dates and categories making each file easily retrievable

Advantages of CMS

  • 1 Reduced need to code from scratch
  • 2   Easy to create a unified look and feel
  • 3 Version control
  • 4 Edit permission management


Blogger Vs Wordpress

This has been a crucial source of controversy over the years as so many opinions have been aired by the users of these platforms in favour of their own experience. However, at Techlink, we are using the two and we hope to be able to give an unbias comparison of the two.

WordPress is a very popular CMS platform with plenty user base. It is easy to set up without necessary having any idea of html, css or javascript. In fact, anyone who can read or open a Facebook  can start a wordpress site easily. 

Blogger is also popular but not like WordPress because it is not easy to upgrade or operate without at least a simple knowledge of coding. Those who stick to blogger without having the advance knowledge of back end design might easily be discourage with the boring and monotonous outlook of it.

Wordpress is far expensive to build.... You can use up to 20k in upgrading WordPress 

Blogger is least expensive to upgrade... You can use 1k to upgrade it into a full functional website if you know how to.

Blogger is owned by Google (a tech giant and the second most valuable company in the world) so those who stick to it most likely do so because of the company that powers it. To a large extent, you can trust its safety (security) and sustainability

WordPress is relatively young when compared to  but growing fast

Blogger is the oldest cms platform still existing. Far older than wordpress, joomla or drupal

Our Recommendation

We strongly recommend starting with a blogger blog and then later you can move to WordPress

Congratulations for making it this far. In our next class, you shall be creating your first blog. Ensure you don't miss the class for anything. It is one of the most important lesson for this course. If you are not yet connected with us on our social media platforms, please do so by following any of this links:

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