Content Management Systems, such as WordPress and Joomla!, include tools to make it easier for you, the user, to maintain your content, images and data more easily. Also included in a CMS are tools for publishing, format management, revision control, indexing, search and retrieval. Built-in features of a CMS also make your website more secure.

Content Management Systems are built around a database, so information about the layout and style, as well as content of posts and pages, are stored for easier retrieval and update. With a CMS, a user can log into the “backend” and make changes to elements of the website without ever having to look at code. The interface is much like a word processing program, with tools for formatting text and placement. Making blog posts is as easy as typing the text, choosing a category and clicking “Publish”.

Content Management Systems make life easier for web designers because the core system “shell” means that they don’t have to do as much coding from scratch. And, there are numerous “short codes” and “plugins”, which give the site added functionality without having to write new code every time they need to do the same task.

WordPress is the industry standard for Content Management Systems. It is free and comes with a huge community of programmers and support staff who are constantly working on adding functionality. There are thousands of plugins and themes available for WordPress, which allow users to create a website that is dynamic and visually appealing.