Con­tent man­age­ment sys­tems

Ready to carve your own space on­line, but can’t de­cide on which con­tent man­age­ment sys­tem to use? Shashank Sharma has some sug­ges­tions.

Linux Format - - CONTENTS - Shashank Sharma By day Shashank is a New Delhi trial lawyer, but by night he’s an open source vig­i­lante!

Ready to carve your own space on the in­ter­webs, but can’t de­cide on which CMS to use? Shashank Sharma has some open source sug­ges­tions…

For many years now, start­ing a blog has re­quired lit­tle more than setting up an ac­count on one of the free ser­vices. But if you de­cide to cre­ate a more com­plex and con­tent-rich web­site, you have to make one your­self. This, too, is a straight­for­ward process – if you’re will­ing to spend a lit­tle time cre­at­ing the proper en­vi­ron­ment. But af­ter you’ve set­tled on a web server and created the data­base and user to man­age it, you still have to de­cide what con­tent man­age­ment sys­tem (CMS) you wish to use for your web­site.

Depend­ing on your pref­er­ence for script­ing lan­guage, you can find a CMS built us­ing Ruby, Python, Java and oth­ers; how­ever, PHP re­mains the most pop­u­lar choice. As much as we would have liked to give rep­re­sen­ta­tion to the dif­fer­ent lan­guages that are avail­able, the self-im­posed lim­i­ta­tion of a fully-fea­tured CMS that re­cently pushed out a new re­lease left us with lit­tle choice.

With more users con­nect­ing to the web us­ing var­i­ous de­vices of vary­ing form fac­tors, your web­site should ren­der per­fectly on all the dif­fer­ent de­vices. More of­ten than not, mod­ern CMSs are even op­ti­mised for mo­bile de­vices. The ideal CMS is one that’s easy to de­ploy and al­lows for ex­ten­sive tweak­ing such that you can mould it to your lik­ing.

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