Content Management Systems

What do websites such as: Drupal, WordPress, and Joomla  have in common?

They are Content Management Systems (CMSs), and they are becoming an excellent alternative for businesses and organizations to build complex websites without the hassle of learning to code.

Web surfers, such as myself, may have come across the phrase Content Management System (CMS); but what exactly is a Content Management System? A Content Management System is a program that enables users to add content to their websites quickly with little fuss (see article entitled An Introduction to Website Building Software). Users can create their own blogs or webpages and add all sorts of custom designs, widgets, and applications. CMS programs, such as, WordPress give users freedom to design their website or blog to their liking; and, depending on the user, they can employ coding skills to add more originality to their webpage. According to a survey taken by W3Techs, about 23.1% of all websites use WordPress, followed by Joomla (3.0%), and Drupal (1.9%).

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So, what does this information have to do with libraries? It turns out many libraries across the United States are using CMS programs to create websites with a variety of features. In this day and age,  libraries are expected to create websites that give their patrons access to e-books, research databases, music downloads, audiobooks, online classes, and webinars. According to Library Success, the advantages to using CMSs to build a library website include: separation of content logic and data; more than one user can access and edit a CMS created website, easier or automatic integration of Web 2.0 tools, and cool add-ons to enhance the functionality of the website.

The links below will show you the number of libraries using content management systems: