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Benefits of Content Management Systems

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In today's highly competitive business and corporate world, where profit and loss are the key working factors and content is the most crucial piece of internal information for a Company, having a Content Management System really helps a lot to automate the whole process of creation, modification and management of enterprise data. This is also true for web based online websites also and that’s why specialized, well structured website formats like blogs and wiki systems which are actually types of CMSs are very popular these days.

There are many reasons for why Content Management Systems are important. First of all, Since a CMS system provides controlled access to the data using user accounts and role based security, it make it easier to co-ordinate work among different workers and there is no need to setup a stacking structure where every person have to first take permission from a senior person before operating on CMS data. With User access controls in place, the administrator can be sure that only intended data will be modified and that too in a limited and intended way.

Secondly, CMS systems separate the “View” part of the system data from its storage semantics. So the same data can be viewed in a variety of different ways depending on the context. This saves the Administrator from the headaches of unnecessary redundancy of data and integrity problems. Also, in web based CMSs, Users don’t need to know the underlying programming language like HTML for editing contents of the website. This makes things a lot faster and there are less possibilities of introduction of inconsistencies in the code. It allows general users to manage and operate the website by hiding complicacies.

Apart from that, CMSs also provide the benefit of increased Standardization of things. Almost all CMS systems use the template system to organize the data’s view and storage both. When this is done, no matter who uses or manages the data, no matter what is the source of data, the data can never become inconsistent. Moreover, the standardization process also greatly reduces the maintenance efforts needed as if a change is required to the storage semantics or display settings of a particular type of entity to be stored, it would be needed to be done only once in the template itself, and it will automatically propagate to every part of the system where it is used.

Plus, the control panel like utility for administrators called the Dashboard helps administrators to effectively manage the CMS system from a centralized location.


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