A CMS (content management system) will provide you with a better alternative to how you can manage your website and will make it easier for you to add and modify the content that you display to your visitors. CMS systems are based on various scripting languages and there are different CMS systems available for different scenarios and web hosting platforms meaning that choosing one to integrate with your web hosting service shouldn’t be too much of a task on its own. Any content management system should be expandable through the use of plug-ins that are available; most open source CMS systems have large plugin databases for you to choose from as you wish, although the number of plugins available for commercial CMS systems is going to be smaller simply because it is unlikely that there is going to be such a large user base. A web hosting account capable of hosting your CMS based website will be available depending on the exact CMS system that you have chosen to use because all content management applications will have different requirements in terms of the scripting language that has been used as well as the database application that is required to drive the backend.
PHP Content Management System
PHP content management systems are recommend for those considering low cost web hosting services and who would prefer to use a Linux web hosting package over one based on a Windows hosting server. A PHP CMS will typically use a MySQL database backend and this will help to enhance your user experience to provide you with a highly functional CMS that will be ideal as the base for even the largest of websites as such CMS systems tend to be highly scalable. If you are a web developer then you should choose a CMS that is based on the scripting language that you are most familiar with because this will allow you to develop and alter the system as your needs change. PHP CMS systems tend to be the open source alternatives as MySQL and Linux are open source alternatives to commercial products; this can be beneficial to beginners that are only getting started as it means that you won’t have to pay anything to use the application and under most circumstances will be able to use the open source CMS as you wish to create and manage the content for your website.
ASP Content Management System
Content management systems that are developed using either classic ASP or ASP.NET are designed for hosting on Windows servers as this is the only platform capable of hosting ASP based web pages and scripts. Classic ASP and ASP.NET web scripts tend to use either Microsoft Access databases or Microsoft SQL Server databases as these are the arguably the two best systems for use on Windows servers; any scalable ASP CMS is going to be using a Microsoft SQL Server database as to ensure that you are provided with the best levels of reliability and scalability possible. As Windows is a commercial product it is going to cost more to host an ASP content management system than it would cost to host a PHP CMS meaning that classic ASP and ASP.NET CMS systems are aimed at businesses rather than individuals. An ASP CMS is also unlikely to be open source in most situations, adding to the cost as it means that you’ll need to pay for a license in order to use your chosen ASP content management application.
Benefits of Using a Content Management System
A content management system will make it easier for you to manage the content that forms of your website as if you are using static HTML web pages then it can be a complicated process of first manually updating the files on your local computer and then having to upload them to your web space using a technology such as FTP. A CMS will provide you with a web interface that can be accessed through any web browser that will allow you to manage all aspects of your website; such an admin interface will allow you to upload videos, pictures and other files to form your content as you wish. As well as saving you time, a CMS can also save you money as if you are paying for someone to update your website every time you wish to add content or make a change then you can combat this by doing it yourself through a CMS, you can also setup additional users if you wish to spread the load of the management of your website.
Disadvantages of CMS Hosting
There are also disadvantages to using content management systems in some situations because they may not always be beneficial to some webmasters, for example those who are running smaller websites that aren’t updated on a regular basis. If the database backend of your website fails then the CMS base of your website will fail because it will be unable to access the content that your website requires to function, thus meaning that your website will be rendered inaccessible to your visitors. If you are looking to use a commercial CMS then you may be at a disadvantage because you will have to pay for the software that you are using when a open source solution may be more fitting for your needs, although the disadvantage of using open source applications is that you can’t always be sure that the software will be updated on a regular basis.
In conclusion, a CMS will improve your management experience if you are the webmaster of a site that needs to have its content updated on a regular basis in order to remain fresh and to keep the target audience focused and returning. Your choice of CMS system should be one that is based on a review of your specific needs and how scalable you need a system to be, although it can be safely concluded that some open source CMS systems are some of the best web applications available.