Content Management System (CMS)

Database driven

A website with a content management system is a database driven website that allows users to easily update the content on the website. Content Management System known as CMS is a system which allows users to manage their content, without any knowledge of HTML on a friendly user-interface site Database-driven websites are more complex to design, but can be much easier for you to maintain your site’s content than a static HTML web site.

Database driven content management systems use a database for collecting and storing information. Users on database-driven websites such as WordPress, Blogger, Weebly and Wix, can add, edit or delete information or content by themselves. However, non-database content management systems known as flat file CMS means data is structured around a matrix of folders or files without any import from a conventional database. Users on non-database systems have limited options, for example, you are able to add features such as basic search, images or Google Maps to their site.

Database driven websites using a CMS such as WordPress have admin panel with user-friendly interfaces where you can manage the site content. You can add, edit, or delete info by yourself. You can add or delete blog posts or web pages.

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Example of a database driven website [Wordpress]
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Customising menu

Benefits of Database driven CMS

  • Managing the website can be done with minimal training.
  • Changing the website content can be done without specialized knowledge or expertise.
  • The website administrator does not need to know HTML in order to make any changes.
  • Most database-driven websites allow visitors to search the database to find a product or answer a question. All they have to do is enter the product name or question in the search form.
  • Your database-driven website can be as large as you choose to make it. New pages will be created automatically as you add more records to your database.

Non-Database driven

Dubbed as the smallest CMS, a zipped WonderCMS file is only 10kb. This makes the pages load ultra-fast. But for its tiny size, it has features other CMS have in this category, such as SEO-optimized settings, editing-from-mobile function, a WYSIWYG editor, easy theming, clean URLs option, and protected login access. Editing content is easy – clicking anywhere in your admin panel will enable you to edit any content you see.

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WonderCMS Homepage
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Editing menu
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Features of WonderCMS

Database driven CMS can be used for both large and small projects, due to their user-friendly interface and the features and plugins that come with these websites. Non-database driven CMS is best suited to smaller projects as the features are limited.

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