Content Management Systems (I): Evolution and different uses


18 July, 2013

Content Management Systems (I): Evolution and different uses

With Content Management Systems  (CMS), you can  create, publish and update content on all kinds of digital systems, such as web pages, mobile applications (apps) or online shops. There are plenty of them, and they were born to meet the need of updating online publications without relying on a IT specialist or a designer. CMS have been a key component in democratizing the web, allowing anyone – with or without technical knowledge – to be present in the Internet.

Today, CMS are used in all kinds of publication, whether printed or digital, both large scale and small. Examples of content management are the popular Drupal or WordPress. They operate many of the websites that you read, like the one you are now looking at. Some companies not only offer their CMS, but also all kinds of services to house, maintain and customize it, such as Squarespace, Expression Engine or WordPress itself on its premium website.

Given the size and diversity of the market, each content manager system specializes in a specific solution: creating an online store, publishing a blog, managing a magazine, building a mobile application and even creating a modest social network. In all cases, the images are automatically optimized for each design and text adjusts instantly to the layout of the chosen template. Contents can be arranged according to category or assigned tags, visits can be shown in graphical statistics to measure the success of the publication, etc.. Put simply, a CMS stands for autonomy.

As we can see, the world of content management systems is vast and one should at least learn the basics to exploit their enormous potential. In the following article you can learn the advantages of having a specialized CMS in museums and other cultural and tourist areas. We reveal their main applications and their impact on both the visitor and the image of the museum.