Content Management Systems

CMSs or content management systems have completely changed how users access and create content on the web. Without content management systems, we wouldn’t have blogs or the intuitive user interfaces that we have now, you can even build websites using CMSs which eliminates the tedious amounts of code that web designers and builders have had to use in the past. Many content management systems such as the ever popular www.wordpress.com, allow you to upload and enter all of your data and content for what ever purpose your need, website, blog, any other kind of correspondence and then allows you to organize in a way that meets your needs and needs of the people that access your information.

CMS has streamlined the way that we present information and allows those of us who have never known about web design and construction to start building without much previous hardware knowledge. Design is the key instinct in CMS, and will store your data no matter what kind of design that you use with your blog, website, etc. And all of the information that you put into a CMS is there, and ready for a designer to organize it. This is called indexing, Techtarget, a online tutorial site based off of a CMS says, An additional feature is indexing, search, and retrieval. A CMS system indexes all data within an organization. Individuals can then search for data using keywords, which the CMS system retrieves.” Which in turn provides a quick and easy directory for site or blog visitors to have access to all of your site’s information, seamlessly and intuitively. 

WordPress, one of the top CMSs out there, is something that I am actually using for my own Capstone project and something that I am going to be working rather closely with for the whole semester.

 One online tutorial site says that “The backend layout is streamlined and intuitive, and a new user should be able to easily find their way around the administration section. WordPress also comes with built-in image and multimedia uploading support.”  

Meaning not only do content management systems store and display data in a user friendly and readable manner, but they also offer support and user information so that you always know if you are using your CMS to its potential, or if you need help in learning how to use a CMS.


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Dreamweaver Review

In my Advanced Internet Production class, we are back to working with Adobe Dreamweaver, which is an web page creation program.  Back in the day, I remember when I used to dabble a bit in HTML coding myself, just for fun of course and not very much, but I do remember what a pain it was to try and sort through layers and rows of monotonous code, and then lest you make a typo error, you hope that everything doesn’t get corrupted or misinterpreted along the code reading.
Adobe’s Dreamweaver icon
Therefore, when I was introduced to Dreamweaver last year, I was completely dumbfounded. It really makes website creation and editing a breeze!
However, Dreamweaver, though a great tool, has to be learned. One of the hardest things about learning Dreamweaver is learning how to edit using the program, rather than knowing what you want to edit. I find that I do better if I use split screen mode so I can see both the viewer and the code. And I still don’t understand many of the upper level capabilities that Dreamweaver is able to do. 
One of the best things about Dreamweaver though is that once you understand how to use and how to use for what ever you need it for, it makes web editing go by quickly without having to type in the code. You can make a very basic website in less then 10 minutes if you know what you are doing.
What works well for me with Dreamweaver, is that is allows me to get in my zone and once I know what I am doing, it just works. However, what I think is difficult is that every time that you want to make a change to your website, you’ve got to take it down and edit it and then re-upload to the server. Many times what the biggest problem is, is that though Dreamweaver is an improvement to straight coding, there are already web-based web editors that allow even easier functions such as drag and drop and change features with a mouse click. The sad part about Dreamweaver for me is that it’s slowly headed out of style instead of headed toward more dramatic and interactive web sites.