Building up personal or small enterprise scale websites is no longer difficult task to create and design. What once needed a skilled Web developer to design and construct the website, and a dedicated to maintain and update, is now much easier and manageable task, courtesy content management systems (CMS).

The adventure of CMS and evolving extensive developments in the past few years have made building and maintaining anything from a simple index website to a sophisticated resource archive website, as easy as setting up and maintaining a basic blog.

About CMS:

The Content Management Systems (CMS) are comprehensive and intuitive frameworks that allow users to create, publish and maintaining content on websites with a simple, Web-based interface, With these frameworks, site building is no longer about writing web pages in HTML, or PHP, In the CMS, a major part of the scripting is automated, Users need only to create content and allow the CMS to present it on their website.

CMSs are also available in the commercial domain; the most popular ones in use today are from the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) stable. Drupal and Joomla are the most widely used systems, powering a substantial portion for the websites. For simpler websites, the primarily blog hosting application, Word-press, can also be used.

All the three CMS mentioned above are scripted in a powerful programming language like PHP, licensed under the GNU Public License (GPL) and use the MySQL database to manage the actual content. The skeletal functionalities offered by each of these platforms is the same like creating, publishing and maintaining the whole spectrum of digital content with an intuitive Web-based interface.

About Drupal, Joomla and Word press:

Drupal and Joomla are similar in most aspects, barring a few non-technical bits. Joomla has a layer of commercial interest associated with it when one who wants to deploy advanced modules, whereas in Drupal’s massive community is able to develop an exhaustive number of free add-ons.

Drupal, Joomla and Word press come with a most excited cool theme to choose from. These themes, apart from improving aesthetics of the website, and also bring about structural changes in the layout to satisfy specific requirements. Apart from all these, important thing is these three platforms provide thousands of add-ons that can be used to incorporate rich functional extensions without much elaborate coding and simple integration mechanics.

Drupal and Joomla, also allows users to maintain manage articles, facilitate hosting of blogs, performing media streaming and other basic tasks. But the disadvantages are that free and open source software is less secure.

Drupal, Joomla and Word press are used to build and maintain robust websites scaling from personal sites to government websites. Resilience to security threats is one of the key features that have prompted massive deployments of these CMSs.

How to create or set up your website:

  • Rent server space from a web hosting provider.
  • Access the control panel of the web space.

  • Deploy any of the CMS by clicking install options

  • Use dashboard of CMS to set up website.

  • Add content and allow the CMS to present it.

  • Maintain and update website using simple graphical tools.

  • For support or any Help, contact the FOSS community.

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