What is a Content Management System?
There are lots of ways to describe them but essentially a Content Management System — or CMS as they are commonly called — is a tool used to build and maintain a website that doesn’t require a high degree of technical skill. Or to put it more simply you do not need to know how to program to create a website. Now, programming skills can come in handy and you do need to be technically adept. But, with the CMS of today you can create a fairly complicated site with forms, eCommerce, users and complicated page layouts – without knowing how to code – or even HTML or CSS.
What is that? Basically a web application that makes it easier to build websites.
- You can create websites more quickly this way and they are much, much easier to maintain.
- WordPress is the dominant open source CMS. Want to see what webites have been create in WordPress? Click here.
- Others CMS that are used include: Drupal, Joomla and then a bunch more…ModX, Craft, Perch, …and on and on…
- Depending on the source, WordPress has anywhere from 40-65% of the market. What does that mean? That about half of all websites are built using WordPress. As of April 2020 – the estimates are at about 60%.
- Joomla and Drupal are traditional CMS like WordPress. They used to have about 10% of the market each five years ago – now Joomla is at about 4% and Drupal is at about 3%.
- Other CMS-lite tools have become popular with Shopify, Squarespace, Wix, Bitrix, BLogger and Magento each having about 2-3% of the market.
- If you learn WordPress, it will be easier to find work.
- If you build your website with WordPress, it will be easier to find people to maintain & fix it.
All well and good – but why is WordPress so popular?
- Focus: In the beginning, WordPress was designed to solve just one single problem – blogging. It wasn’t trying to be all things to all people and it started with just that.
- Ease of Use:
- Easiest to install, setup and start using. Especially the backend part!
- Committed to users
- Driven by content people not techies.
- The Blog factor: Since WordPress was originally designed for blogs, it is very easy to use to create websites that are blogs. Therefore, a huge percentage of simple blogs are create in WordPress. The chart to the right shows the breakout in WordPress sites.