Content management systems: Joomla!, WordPress & a world of alternatives

Content management systems (CMS) are database driven, user interfaces that allow website owners and administrators to easily update and manage a website.

Common CMS capabilities

  • Log in/out functions
  • Admin privileges
  • Content creation and management (pages, articles, posts, etc.)
  • Menu management
  • Addons, plugins, components, widgets, modules, etc.
  • User comments

CMS pros & cons

Pros

  • Easily manage users and admins
  • Easily create and manage content (pages, articles, posts, menus, etc.)
  • Addons, plugins, components, widgets, modules, etc.
  • User comment functionality

Cons

  • Security risks
  • Requires updates to software, addons, plugins, components, widgets, modules, etc.
  • Requires more server resources and typically costs more to run smoother.
  • Slower than a static website. The exception is when the site is hosted on a VPS or dedicated server, costing much more than traditional hosting.

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