Why Content Management System (CMS) for Website?

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Content Management System

The Content Management System (CMS) is a term and has not been endorsed with a solid definition. A CMS can have multiple meanings depending on the scenarios and the person’s or project objectives.

Content Management System (CMS) is a software used to manage the content of a website. It allows the user to create, edit, delete and publish website content. Content is very important for every website and blog. Content normally includes text, videos, images, graphics, and code. Developing websites using WordPress is simple when compared to the one which is developed without CMS. If you are having a personal blog or some website which is related to articles, the content has to be updated periodically.For that, the content management system is very helpful.

ServerCake India provides Softaculous in the cPanel so that the major Content Management Software is installed in one click. Softaculous creates tables in the database and installs the required software. The advantages of using CMS includes portability, possible frequent updates, and improvement. Every software has its unique features.

Most of the CMS uses PHP and connect to MySQL database. Some of the open source CMS tools are:

  1. WordPress
  2. Drupal
  3. Magento
  4. OpenCart
  5. Joomla

WordPress:

WordPress is the best blogging platform and the most popular content management system (CMS). It is considered as the easiest software and was first started with blog creation and now even the e-commerce websites are developed by WordPress. It contains lots of templates and around 18000 plugins. Templates give the better look for the websites.Plugins are used to add extra features and functionality.

In order to make WordPress website accessible via the internet, you need some hosting account to store and run the files. ServerCake India offers a special hosting for WordPress called “WordPress hosting” in which the WordPress is installed and delivered to the customer, they just have to start developing the website.

How to install WordPress Manually?

The below steps are followed to install the WordPress,

  1. You have to download WordPress software.
  2. Place the files in your file manager and extract it.
  3. Create the new MySQL database, assign user and provide all privileges.
  4. After that find the wp-config file and edit your database credentials.
  5. Run the install by typing the domain name in your browser address bar.
  6. Fill the fields site title, Username, password, email address and complete the installation.

Advantages of Using WordPress as Your CMS:

The common advantages of WordPress as your CMS are:

  1. It is easy to install.
  2. Simple to use.
  3. More SEO Friendly.
  4. It is an open source software.
  5. A high number of themes and plugins are available to use.
  6. Supports around 70 languages.

Disadvantages of  WordPress:

Even though WordPress is popular it also has few disadvantages. They are,

  1. WordPress software gives frequent updates.
  2. Some plugins are not compatible with latest versions and affect the whole website.
  3. There is a possibility for the WordPress website to get hacked easily.

Drupal:

Drupal is an open source content management system used by at least 2.1% of developers. It is used from a personal blog, simple websites to government websites, knowledge base forums, business websites and also in political and corporate systems.

How to Install Drupal Manually?

  1. Download Drupal files from the official Drupal website.
  2. Upload it to the file manager and extract the files.
  3. Create database, assign a user to the database and add all privileges.
  4. Run the installation by typing www.yourdomainname.com/install.php
  5. Select the standard profile to click on save continue after each step.
  6. Choose the default language.
  7. Enter the database details.
  8. Configure your website information including admin name username, password, email address etc..
  9. Now the installation is complete and you can view the website.

Advantages of Using Drupal as your CMS:

  1. Advanced Menu Management.
  2. Drupal is a multi-features CMS.
  3. Easy management, the search option and reuse of the content.
  4. Thousands of plugins available to add functionality.
  5. Highly flexible.
  6. Supports Multilingual pages.

Disadvantages of Drupal:

  1. Not that much user-friendly.
  2. Drupal CMS is not compatible with other software.
  3. Drupal CMS is relatively heavy and take more time to load.

Magento:

Magento is an open source content management system specially designed for e-commerce websites. It has a wide range of control panels and is completely scalable.Magento offers two distinct platforms, Magento Community Edition, and Magento Enterprise Edition.

Magento Community Edition is an open source so that the developer can implement core files and can extend its functionality by adding the available extensions. It is recommended for developers.Magento Enterprise Edition contains same core files and it is not free like community edition but contains more functionality. This is designed for medium and large business websites.

Magento is very powerful in visualizing your products on the website and to increase your online sales. ServerCake India offers a special type of hosting named E-commerce hosting from which you can get more benefits. We can do software installation and provide you, then you just need to start working with it. And also we provide free SSL certificate and a merchant account for your domain if you choose e-commerce hosting.

How to Install Magento?

The below steps are followed to install Magento,

  1. Download Magento files.
  2. Upload it to the file manager and extract the files.
  3. Create MySQL database, assign user and add privileges.
  4. Run the installation by typing your domain URL in the browser’s address bar.(ex: www.yourdomain.com).
  5. In Licence agreement tab, Agree on the license then Click on continue.
  6. Select your language in Localization tab and Click on continue.
  7. In configuration provide the database details then Click on continue.
  8. Enter admin details in create admin account tab and click continue.
  9. The installation is complete and now you can move to the frontend or backend.

Advantages of using Magento:

  1. Easy to create product catalog and manage it.
  2. It can be integrated with google analytics so that you can identify the visitor statistics easily.
  3. Supports a variety of payment options.
  4. SEO friendly tool.
  5. Predefined search tool for the products.
  6. Many social marketing features like coupons, review columns, social sharing buttons, newsletter subscriptions, wishlist and checkout options are easy to integrate.

Disadvantages in Magento:

  1. Magento uses lots of space and memory.
  2. It’s slow with non-reliable servers, so not suitable for small business.
  3. The script is a bit complex to modify.
  4. Sometimes configuration errors affect the whole modules.

Joomla:

Joomla is a powerful tool for developing websites and online applications. There are lots of extensions available in Joomla to improve the functionality.Joomla is an award-winning tool and is designed in a way that it is easy to install and it is an open source software. Many extensions are available to extend functionality.

How to Install Joomla:

  1. Download Joomla Files.
  2. Upload it to the file manager and extract the files.
  3. Create database, add user and assign privileges.
  4. Run Installation.
    a) In configuration enter site name, description, username, password and email address.
    b) Enter the database credentials.
    c) Install sample data.
  5. After the “pre-installation checks,” dialog box comes click on install button.
  6. Once the installation is complete, remove the installation folder in the next dialog box.
  7. Then you can navigate to the administrator link or website.

Advantages of using Joomla:

  1. Powerful and easy menu creation.
  2. Pre-built SEO functionality.
  3. Huge library of extensions.
  4. It is easy to migrate Joomla website without any trouble.
  5. Good looking urls.
  6. Deep level of menu navigation.

Disadvantages of Joomla:

  1. Some Plugins works with few scripts only.
  2. Limited Customization.
  3. Uses more resources.

OpenCart:

OpenCart is an open source software mainly used for e-commerce websites. It offers a list of features for online retailers. OpenCart is very stable and safe e-commerce system. It works with PHP/ MYSQL as well as with Apache and Microsoft IIS for the more user-friendly experience. To add more functionality and look OpenCart offers plugins and templates for the users.

How to install OpenCart:

  1. Download Opencart source files.
  2. Upload file manager.
  3. Create database, assign users and set privileges.
  4. Run the installation.
  5. In the first dialog box, check “I agree to the license”, and press “Continue”.
  6. Next page shows the pre-installed status.Click on continue if all the status is in green tick mark.
  7. In the configuration page enter the database details, Click on continue.
  8. The installation is complete and you can delete the “install” folder.

Advantages of Using OpenCart:

  1. Easy to manage administration panel.
  2. It has a lot of modules and Themes.
  3. OpenCart is very fast.
  4. Supports multiple types of payment.
  5. Easy and fast to customize.
  6. Not resource intensive and it is simple.

Disadvantages Of  OpenCart:

  1. Less number of free plugins and themes.
  2. On updating, some of the functionalities won’t work.
  3. Not fully debugged to work with SEO.

Nowadays most of the websites are developed using content management tools. With the use of CMS, even nontechnical persons can edit the website content.It is very helpful for the frequent content update on the websites. ServerCake India offers various Content Management software in cPanel through softaculous by which you can install any cms in just one click. And also ServerCake provides a special type of hosting called E-commerce hosting and WordPress hosting for those who want to develop their websites with Content Management System.

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