This blog will give a brief overview of how to use Wordpress as a CMS. The advantages of wordpress will be outlined as well as it’s limitations and provide a general overview of what a CMS is provided.
A CMS is a content management systems. Often the term CRUD may be used with CMS. CRUD stands for Create, Read, Update and Delete. These are the four basic managerial features that any dynamic site (site that users populate with information) will require. In order to build a site that has full CRUD capacity, the site will need to be linked to a database. This can be a challenging setup but Wordpress makes this simple. Wordpress is an open source framework (meaning that it’s free) released in 2009 but can track it’s beginnings from 2003.
The main advantage to Wordpress is that it’s free and easy to use. If you use a site directly from wordpress it is straight forward to manage. It has 5 defaulted capacities which are posts, pages, attachments, revision and navigation items. This makes it good for beginners to start create a website. If using a template is fit for purpose than wordpress is ideal.
However, complications arise when a more customized environment is required. In order to modify a wordpress site, some PHP programming language is required. Also, in order to get all the features that may be required, additional plug-ins that will cause the site to be a bit slower is required. Finally, there is a need for continuous backups as wordpress needs updates to comply with different devise settings and data can be lost during these updates.
In conclusion, wordpress is an excellent CMS for beginners. It is the most popular framework on the web today and it is free. While it has a great deal of support, because it is so large, it can be tricky to modify.