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What is a Content Management System (CMS)?

Published on December 7, 2020 · Updated on December 7, 2020
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By Lyn Muldrow
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What is a Content Management System (CMS)?

A Content Management System, or CMS, is a software application that enables users to create, modify, and publish digital content and websites.

CMS platforms typically include built-in infrastructure, editing, and publishing capabilities, and allows users to create and manage website content without requiring deep technical knowledge.

Popular CMS tools include WordPress, Joomla, and Magento, and each can serve broad or niche content management needs depending on user requirements.

For more resources about Content Management Systems, visit our complete list of resources on CMS topics and tools. To practice using WordPress, one of the most popular content management systems for website projects, visit An introduction to installing WordPress with LAMP on Ubuntu 20.04.

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