Content Management System (CMS)

A content management system (CMS) is an application that helps you create and manage a website via a human-friendly interface rather than needing to work directly with code.

Last updated in October 2020


What is a content management system?

A content management system is a tool that helps you build a website without needing to write all the code from scratch (or even know how to code at all).

Instead of building your own system for creating web pages, storing images, and other functions, the content management system handles all that basic infrastructure stuff for you so that you can focus on more customer-facing parts of your website.


Why is a content management system important?

The major advantage of a content management system is that it allows non-technical people who don’t know programming languages to easily create and manage their own web content. The visual content editors of a typical content management platform allows users to enter text and upload images without needing to know any HTML or CSS.

When a company uses a CMS to publish its pages, it reduces its reliance on front-end engineers to make changes to the website, making it quicker and easier to publish new content.


How does a content management system work?

Let’s start with creating a piece of content. With a content management system, you can just write your content in an interface that looks a good bit like Microsoft Word. Without a content management system, you’d need to write a static HTML file and upload it to your server. The CMs handles all the technical complexity.


Content management systems and Parse.ly

Parse.ly integrates quickly and easily with every content management system. Parse.ly innovative integration method allows integration with content management systems including Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, Shopify, Wix, Squarespace, Sitecore, Ghost, and more.


Content management systems examples

There are many content management systems that are used to build many different types of websites like blogs, eCommerce store, forums, portfolios, and more. Here are the most popular CMSes:

  • Wordpress
  • Medium
  • Ghost
  • Drupal
  • Sitecore
  • Squarespace
  • Wix

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