Module 7 Content Management Systems

A Content Management System (CMS) is used as a way to build a website off of an existing platform, it’s used to create and manage digital content.  From the Content Management System Overview Tutorial video, “Content management systems work by taking data from a database and being able to resolve it into pages.”  CMSes are usually used for enterprise content management (ECM) which is a set of processes that lets a corporation, agency or organization to obtain, organize, store and deliver info crucial to its operation in the most effective way.  Features of a content management system vary among the different types, however the core functions are usually indexing, format management, publishing and search and retrieval. Search and retrieval index for all data for easy access and format management can turn scanned paper documents and legacy electronic documents.

The content management system I would recommend to my company would be Joomla.  It seems to have the best features of both Drupal and WordPress.  The community for Joomla is well supported worldwide with clear communication from the Joomla staff and professionals.  The Joomla website says one of the features for the software is an easy update system so your software is always up to date by using a “One Click Version Update”.  Even though according to the source provided Joomla is the most difficult of the 3 to understand and operate, Joomla has included an integrated help system in their software.  From the Joomla website, “Joomla! has an in-app contextual help system to help every level of user to operate their Joomla. Most pages have a help button in the top right, helping you fully understand all options on that page. There is also a glossary explaining the terms in plain English, a version checker makes sure you’re using the latest version, a system information tool helps you troubleshoot.” For these reasons, I feel that Joomla! is the best content management system out of the 3 provided.

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