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A web CMS is a content management system software used for managing content for the web.

The software manages content (text, graphics, links, etc.) for distribution on a web server. Usually the software provides tools where users with little or no knowledge of programming languages and markup languages (such as HTML) can create and manage content with relative ease of use. Most systems use a database to hold content, and a presentation layer displays the content to regular website visitors based on a set of templates. Management of the software is typically done through a web browser, but some systems may be modified in other ways.

A Content Management System (CMS) differs from website builders like Microsoft FrontPage or Macromedia Dreamweaver in that a CMS allows non-technical users to make changes to an existing website with little or no training. Website building tools like FrontPage and Dreamweaver require more technical knowledge and training on average. A CMS is an asy-to-use tool that gives authorized users the ability to manage a website. A CMS is a website maintenance tool rather than a website creation tool.

Let’s talk about Joomla! Content Management System now.

Joomla! is one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management Systems on the planet. It is used all over the world for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications. Joomla! is easy to install, simple to manage, and reliable.

One of the ways people use Joomla! CMS:

* Corporate websites or portals
* Online commerce
* Small business websites
* Non-profit and organizational websites
* Government applications
* Corporate intranets and extranets
* School and church websites
* Personal or family homepages
* Community-based portals
* Magazines and newspapers
* the possibilities are limitless…

Joomla! can be used to easily manage every aspect of your website, from adding content and images to updating a product catalog or taking online reservations.

Advanced use of Joomla!

Out of the box, Joomla! does a great job of managing the content needed to make your website sing. But for many people, the true power of Joomla! lies in the application framework that makes it possible for thousands of developers around the world to create powerful add-ons and extensions. Here are just some examples of the hundreds of available extensions:

* Dynamic form builders
* Business or organizational directories
* Document management
* image and multimedia galleries
* E-commerce and shopping cart engines
* Forums and chat software
* Calendars
* Blogging software
* Directory services
* Email newsletters
* Data collection and reporting tools
* Banner advertising systems
* Subscription services
* and many, many more…

You will probably ask yourself what’s the catch?

There is no catch. Joomla! is free, open, and available to all under the GPL license.

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Using Joomla

Exploring The Joomla Content Management System

You might have heard some things about Joomla and what it is. Let me assure you Joomla is a lot more than what you ever thought was possible. Joomla allows you the end user to add, edit and delete content within your own website. You can modify text in a WYSIWYG editor. Move and change images on the page. Create menu items and add search optimised content to the pages. Joomla will also allow you to plugin almost any addon imagineable – which can transform your Joomla website from a basic run of the mill website to a professional photo gallery, blog, video library, ecommerce website and these are just to name a few addons.

So, what is Joomla! ?

Joomla is an award winning, web based, Content Management System(CMS) similar in functionality  to Drupal , WordPress, and several others that give website administrators the power to control their website by adding, editing and deleting content. The content of a website is best described as the “meat of the website”, which is everything contained within the web site – on page copy and images. Joomla also allows you to move content around on the page and turn off showing content as you wish. I have found when introducing this system to non-technical users that they find it easy to add or edit

ontent, update images and to manage the whole website within a couple of hours tutorial. I have found that anyone with simple word processing skill will have no issue in learning how to manage a Joomla web site.

From a business perspective what does this mean to the average business owner? Well, I setting up a Joomla website you can probably anticipate that being provided with the ability to manage content on the website is going to cost more to setup than setting up a simple static website. So it only stands to prove that you need to be prepared to see the benefits in being given this extra functionality. Understanding what impact this will have on your business is important and also analysing the cost to benefit of this functionality.

Simply put, what having a CMS website means is that the administrator or business owner then has much more freedom to make immediate changes to their website without need for a programmer or webmaster. The freedom to make changes to your website without the need to hire web site developer or web programmer normally needed to make changes for you.

Joomla also has the added benefit of being open source so it free for everyone to use so long as the GNU/GPL license is maintained – which is not an issue at all.

At this point in time Joomla drives many thousands of web sites around the World, like the United Nations website and the Porsche Brazil website to much smaller websites for personal users or SME businesses. One of the biggest advantages of Joomla is that it offers versatility in how it can be used. As I have already mentioned Joomla can be used with many combinations of plugins to turn it from a basic website into a complex membership system with forums and blogs and photo galleries. There are of course often needs for more complex websites and hiring a web designer and a web programmer to make sure the job is done properly, looks professional and is completed is often the wisest of choices. In order to locate Joomla qualified web designers is made much easier because Joomla has the largest following of all Web based Content Management Systems. A simple search online will locate many freelance and contractor for hire websites where potential designer and programmer candidates bid on your project in order to win your business – like ebay but for contract jobs.

So, why not consider using Joomla for your next business website? – it may just give you the edge and control that you are looking for!

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