Content Management System (CMS)

Content Management System is a web application which will allow users to u create, edit, publish and archive the content of a website. By implementing a Content Management System on the root of a website, the website owner can control and manage the content of her website without knowing any programing language and just by logging into the website admin panel through any web browser such as Internet Explorer or FireFox.

The purpose of Content Management System is to allow non-technical website owners to create, edit, publish and update the content of their website in the quickest possible way, just by knowing basic computer skills and without any need to hire a webmaster.

Content Management Systems consist of two parts: Front-end and Backend.

  • Front-end is the website and its admin panel. Where you are being given a group of user friendly tools accessible through your web browser to create and edit the content of your website which will put together your website. The admin panel is username and password protected. Once you login, you can browse the panel by visiting the related section and create, edit, update, save or publish.
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Front-end, where you are being given a group of user friendly tools to manage your website content


  • Backend is the group of components sitting on your web server and mostly written in PHP programing language that take the calls from the front-end into action and save everything in a database. It is a group of files and folders using one or more than one database. All together shape the entire Content Management System. It is not visible to the website administrator, and only web developers have access to it.
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Back-end – It is not visible to the website administrator, and only web developers have access to it.


Custom Made CMS or Pre-Built CMS?

Content Manage Systems are either Custom Made or Pre-Built.

  • A Custom Made CMS is the one that is made from scratch and exclusively for you. It is created based on the requirements of your website project. It may take months to build a custom made CMS. Budget and requirements are the main factors in building a custom made CMS. Updating or extending features also require custom work which means more cost.
  • A Pre-Built CMS is a Content Management System that is already made and ready to use.


The Open Source CMS or Proprietary CMS?

There are two different available solutions as Pre-built systems. One is The Open Source CMS, and the other one is The Proprietary CMS.

  • Open Source CMS is a free of charge software. It can be downloaded and installed on your own web server. There will be no monthly fee or license fee. It can be customized according to your needs with the help of a web developer. There will be constant free updates, and many plugins are available to extend the features of the system. There are unlimited website design themes to customize. You can have your own design implemented. WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are some of the most popular open source Content Management Systems.
  • Proprietary CMS has a monthly fee or license fee. It is not installed on your own web server. Basically, it is a rental property. You are leasing their system. There will be limitations in terms of customizing the system, and also there is a limitation in website design. Shopify is a good example of proprietary systems.

I hope you got a better understanding of what CMS is and how it works. Also, I hope that this article was helpful to determine your ideal CMS and what CMS works with your project. Also remember that we are a website design company in Bethesda, Maryland. We are available to answer your question or guide you to find the proper solution. All it takes is to click on the contact page and fill out the contact form with your questions and concerns or call us at 202-596-9696.


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