CMS stands for CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM – a computer program that allows publishing, editing and modifying content as well as maintenance from a central interface (definition from Wikipedia). A CMS is crucial to the ongoing development of your website as it allows non-technical people to make changes to text and graphics on their website instantly and easily.
There are many Content Management Systems available, ranging from open-source programs such as WordPress or Joomla, to systems built specifically for an organisations requirements, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars or more. The CMS interface is generally accessed via a url, username and password. No special software is required, all that is needed to access the CMS is a computer with an internet connection. The right one for you depends on your individual requirements.
Content management systems are used as a way of reducing costs and increasing efficiency. Having a CMS removes the need for businesses to constantly contact their web developers when changes are required. This means no additional web development fees and no waiting times for your changes to be implemented. Changes to the website can be completed instantly and easily when required.
When building a new website, you should consult your web developer on what is the right CMS to fit your needs. You will need a web developer to install and setup your chosen CMS on your host server. If you have an existing website and would like to implement a CMS there are options available to you too.