Setting up the pages of your website is rarely a onetime deal. Today’s audience requires constant update and continuously moving content. Before you may need the help of a whole development team to keep your site’s photos and text updated but today, with the help of CMS’ or Content Management Systems, you can manage your site’s content on your own.
iPage supports several of the most popular CMS’ today. This means with your less than $2 per month fee when you buy an iPage package, you can already have an easy to maintain and update site that can be managed by one person.
A CMS or content management system is an application installed in your server (where your content is stored so that it can be uploaded to the internet). Think of it as your content dashboard, where you can write and store your content, save them as drafts then schedule your posting for later. This is also where you can sort and categorize your content so that they are easy to index and look for future use.
CMS works like a database where they store your photos and text according to the tags that you create for them. What’s great about them is that you can compose a blog post, for example, and then schedule them to be published at a specific time so that even if you are not physically publishing the content at that time, your site is updated 24/7.
There are many CMS types around and most of them are free for use. The most popular ones are listed below:
All of these are supported by iPage since their basic requirements are provided by iPage’s default shared web hosting package. We’ll give you a quick backgrounder on each of these content management systems so that you have an overview on what they do.
WordPress is probably the most popular CMS today. You can get the updated copy of the WordPress kit from WordPress.org. WordPress allows you to:
It is very easy to use and now, it even has an API for PayPal integration so that you can have a smooth, eCommerce transaction without having to build your own payment gateway.
Joomla is also another free and open-source CMS written in PHP. It is the second most used CMS in the world, next to WordPress. The perks of working with Joomla are:
Drupal is an open-source CMS, which is also distributed for free. Sample sites that use Drupal are the whitehouse.gov and data.gov.uk. What are the advantages of using Drupal?
For bloggers, one very important and easy to use tool is B2Evolution. It supports multi-lingual use and also has a multi-user functionality so that you can assign roles and permissions depending on the login credentials used.
File management and a good photo organization tool makes B2Evolution very handy for starting bloggers to keep their sites updated.