Written by Courtney Morey

Simply put, the term CMS is translated into Content Management System. It is software that helps you create and manage content for your website without having to write everything in code. So any information that you’re putting into your site (ie: blogs, testimonials) is made legible to the viewers of your site because of this program.



How Does CMS Work?

CMS is made up of two working halves: Content Management Application (CMA) and Content Delivery Application (CDA).

1. CMA is the first half of CMS that takes your human sentences and translates them into code so that you can enter sentences into your website and the computer will know how it translates to code. 
2. CDA is the second half of CMS that swoops in to collect and analyze the code that was just translated from your words by the CMA and then reworked into the format that you want your website visitors to experience.


Examples of CMS

1. Open Source CMS - A system where the code is adjustable and easily customizable. If you want total control over your website, this is the way to go.

Popular forms of Open Source CMS include:

  • WordPress
  • Hubspot
  • Joomla

2. Proprietary CMS - This is a rented template, usually        attached to a monthly fee where people will update and provide maintenance on your website for you. You won’t have access to the coding here so if you want to change anything you’ll need to speak with the company that you choose. The design parameters of this option are much more rigid.

Popular forms of Proprietary CMS include:

  • Kentico
  • Mambo
  • Pulse CMS


Need Some Help?

Choosing the right CMS system for you can be confusing if you don’t know what is right for your business. At Seedling, we use Hubspot as our Open Source CMS, because we like to have full creative control of our website.

If you’d like some help deciding what could be a good choice for your website and your business, give us a call!

We’d love to help.

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