What is CMS?

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A CMS or Content Management System is a way of publishing and organizing information or content within a website. Where a static website may have a directory structure for its pages and style info, a content managment system stores all of its content infomation in a database and then uses contextual cues to ensure that the databased information is shown at the apropriate location in a site-wide template. This ensures that the editor does not have to worry about theme and style each time they create or modify a page and can focus on the content. Any content can be edited in the database and the changes will be reflected everywhere that content is referenced rather than having to update it multiple times on multiple pages.

For example: when updating faculty profiles on a static site, a Russian instructor may have a profile on the russian page and the main sllc page that both need to updated. In addition they may be an advisor for the department prompting a third place in which their information must be updated. With a content management system one need only update their profile once in the database, and wherever that information is called on the site it will use the updated info. News and Event items can be organized by type. If you want to see only the film events coming up you can see a listing of only those events tagged as film. The content management system is a powerful tool for both user and editor that can create flexible content centric websites.