What is a CMS?

CMS stands for Content Management System.

As the name promises, a CMS will help you to manage the content of something that contains…a content. Basically it helps you to:

  • create your content
  • organize your content
  • choose between different types of content

So the first mission of a CMS is about content. The content is the most important part of, for example, a website. Everything is content: the products of a store, the articles of a blog, etc. So a CMS may help you manage the most important part of your: websites, apps, whatever from the moment there is a CMS for that. Managing the content of an ecommerce website, for example, is about creating the product pages, but also organizing these product pages in different categories and subcategories. It can also be about using some rules to display a product if another product has been added to the cart. As you can see, managing the content is a very large part of the job when you are handling a website.

If the basic mission of the CMS was to help you managing your content, it has extended its functions to many other aspects, like design, marketing, payment integration, etc. So nowadays we can say that a CMS is a software which helps you to set and manage something which has the function to push a content to an audience:

  • websites
  • blogs
  • mobile apps
  • magazines
  • etc…