With the widespread adoption of the internet, there is in excess of one billion websites now at our fingertips. However, many people who might otherwise wish to start a website, have a limited knowledge of HTML and other web technologies. To fill this need, a number of companies and organizations have taken to producing their own "content management" systems. These web-based applications allow anyone to start a website by providing an easy way to publish posts. Many are also very configurable, allowing for extensions to be added as diverse as auto-responder features to generators that ask site visitors random questions . |
Before installing a content management system (or CMS), appropriate hosting is needed. This means that space on a web server can be rented to place the CMS, its database and all of the additional content the user chooses to upload.
Most of these type of systems are written in a server-side scripting language called PHP. What this means is that the software to make the whole system work runs on the server and creates web pages for visitors to view.
This means that in order for one's chosen CMS to run, the hosting server will need to support whichever scripting language it is programmed in. As discussed above, most are created in PHP, which is supported by the vast majority of shared hosting companies.
The fact that a lot of these systems allow anybody to make edits or add content means that, to allow people to add some custom flare to an otherwise generic website, the main systems are available with a host of themes that are often available for free on the internet.
Whether you wish to design an extremely complex website or simply wish to start a fun site to ask visitors random questions, a CMS can help with the process.
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