A Beginners Guide to CMS Systems

A Beginners Guide to CMS Systems

A Beginners Guide to CMS Systems

In years gone by, all web applications were hand coded and needed a very technical skill set to create a working web application. However in recent years, the process of creating a website has become more a visual process requiring minimal technical knowledge, Systems used for this process are called Content Management Systems (CMS).

It should be noted that such systems create good visual websites but having a skilled developer in your corner is also an asset. Success on the Web is far more than having just a visual web presence, in fact, that is the easy part. A skilled designer ensures that certain elements (An there are a lot) are in place to get your website seen and ranked.

How many CMS Systems are there to Choose from?

CMS Systems have been around for a fair few years now, some are good and others… Not so good. There are literally 100’s of systems out there today but rated on popularity, we will list the top 2 CMS systems.

At the time of writing this article (March 2023) , it was estimated that worldwide there was over 64 million websites using a CMS System.

Top 2 Rated CMS Systems

  • WordPress
    Over 42% of all websites use WordPress, making it the most popular CMS platformn (Free and Paid Option Available).
  • Joomla
    Open Source CMS with 4% of all Websites being on a Joomla Platform

Source: Hostinger 

Advantages of CMS Systems

Many CMS systems come with templates to suit many business sectors. Once installed, it’s simply a case of providing your own copyrighted images and content.

Disadvantages of CMS Systems

Like any other website, regular maintenance is needed with a CMS. This is to ensure that any plugins or extensions and the core system are regularly updated to avoid site hacks. In addition, if you are installing on a server, technical knowledge is required to install.


As previously mentioned, having a visual presence is only part of any website success.
There are MANY other variables that are needed to be added to make a website rank and be successful. It is always advisable to work with a skilled developer to ensure that your website meets certain standards when completed (SEO, UX, Meta Data, Responsive, Load Speed to name a FEW).

Here at Inline Data we are happy to work with you should you be considering a CMS system.


CMS is an abbreviation of “Content Management System”

WCMS stands for “Web Content Management System”. Another name for a CMS.

A CMS takes away all the technical work in creating and running a website. The design and content are basically created in a visual development area – very simular to creating a document layout. However, you may need some techie support in installing a CMS platform on your own server to enable you to add pages\content. Some hosting platforms install the CMS system for you and all you have to do is then add your Pages\Content.

Many website Hosts offer a basic install of many CMS’s for a monthly\Yearly Fee.
Here at Inline Data, we are happy to provide a basic install of any CRM for you to populate with the added advantage that we can be here for support, maintenance and offer technical advise during your own build. Call us and lets discuss the options.