The world of web design is full of many confusing acronyms – with so many you could write a book about all the web design acronyms. A common acronym that businesses or customers looking for a potential website will commonly come across is the acronym “CMS”.
CMS stands for content management system. A content management system is a software or suite of plug-ins and tools with the main purpose of allowing a user to manage and edit the content of the website from an online administration panel.
What are the components of the typical CMS?
A core functionality of these types of systems is another acronym known as a WYSIWYG editor. WYSIWYG stands for “What you see is what you get”. A WYSIWYG editor is used to generally edit the text and content that is visible on a page. Similar to using a desktop publishing software a WYSIWYG editor allows you to edit the text by typing text directly into the page and generally formatting it.
A WYSIWYG editor can also provide different levels of complexity from simple text editing through to predefined templates which can be adjusted including advance text and data input using layouts consisting of tables that can be created within the WYSIWYG editor.
Does a CMS replace the need for hiring a web design company?
A CMS system is generally implemented within the website to allow the user to edit specific areas within the website. These areas generally consist of the general text and photos displayed within the website. A CMS does not generally allow you to perform complex layout or functionality changes within the website and this would normally require the skills of a web developer.
A content managed system is a good start providing control over your website content and ensures some type of ability over controlling your website content without having to commission a web design company to make simple text and content adjustments within your website.