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As talked about before, there is a wide range of business benefits that can be obtained by implementing a CMS. It gives you mind boggling features in the form of increased security, improved site navigation and flexibility and a greater consistency and capacity for growth. Not only these, but it also supports decentralized authoring, and reduces the chances of duplication of information and site maintenance costs at the same time.

However the market is inundated with a large number of such Content Management Systems. Choosing one of them gets easy, abiding by the guidelines below: -

  • You should never invest in any software that is functionally rigid and lacks growth potential or efficient systems.
  • You should always take into consideration special features of your website too that goes beyond just articles only.
  • Always try to keep the management system simple by choosing a CMS with a good interface.
  • Last but most importantly, do a “test run”, before implementation of the system.

There is a huge range of such systems on different platforms (as PHP, Java, and Perl to name a few) and using numerous supported databases. AquaCMS, CMSimple, Joomla!, TangoCMS, Zena (all Open Source), AlterFiction, Jadu, Powerfront CMS, Vignette (all Proprietary) together do not constitute the tip of the iceberg of such software. Dragonfly CMS is a popular name these days too.

Joomla! is perhaps one of the most popular CMS, used for everything, from simple websites to complex corporate applications. Joomla is designed in such a way that it is easy to install, even if you are a non-programmer, need not worry as it is quite user friendly and plenty of support available too. It also has an active community of more than 150,000 friendly users and developers in their forum who are always ready to help newbies. Anybody with basic word processing skills can easily learn to manage a Joomla site. Via a simple, browser-based interface you will be able to easily add new press releases or news items, manage staff pages, job listings, product images, and create an unlimited amount of sections or content pages on your site. Developers can also create sophisticated add-ons to customize it accordingly by the powerful application framework that Joomla offers. So, if your requirement goes beyond what the basic package of Joomla offers, go ahead and try to create your add-ons.

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