Content Management Systems - By Category
Planning a new website? You may be eager to choose a content management system (CMS) and get started. But before you do, take a look at the CMS basics in this section. They'll save you time, and help you plan your website.
Web Hosts & Domain Registrars
Got your site all planned? Great! But before you can start building your website, you'll need to register your domain and open an account with a Web host. The wrong choice can cost you a lot of time and hassle. The right choice can make working on your site a pleasure. In this section, learn what to look for as you choose a registrar and Web host.
Working With a Developer
Have you decided to hire a developer to help you with your site? This can be a smart choice, but it's a little more complicated than hiring a plumber or a car mechanic. You can retain tight control as the developer crafts your site -- but only if you educate yourself on some basic concepts. The articles in this section could save you hours of billable time.
Build Your CMS Website
Ready to build your CMS website? No matter which CMS you choose, you'll need the concepts in this section. Learn about why you need "development" and "staging" sites, how to make your site more powerful without compromising its security, and more.
Design Your CMS Website
Content may be king, but the first thing visitors notice is how your website looks. You've got half a second to make an impression. Good news: any modern CMS will let you make your site look however you want. In this section, enter the world of templates and themes. Learn how to make your website sparkle with a minimum of work and expense.
Maintain Your CMS Website
It seems like every month, another high-profile website gets compromised by attackers. Imagine if your site got defaced, and your user emails got stolen by spammers. It's a website owner's worst nightmare. But here's the secret: attackers usually go after easy targets. Get yourself off their radar. Learn how to keep your website properly maintained.
Joomla is a free, mature content management system that offers a lot of functionality. In this section, learn how to bend Joomla to your will.
Wordpress is famous for being easy, but it can be so much more than a blog. In this section, learn how to leverage Wordpress into a fantastic, complex site.
Drupal is a powerful content management system that can do almost anything you want. The price? A somewhat steep learning curve. In this section, learn how to conquer the curve and make Drupal easy and fun.
Other Content Management Systems
Do you have specialized needs that Joomla, Wordpress, and Drupal can't handle? Or do you just enjoy trying out new CMS's? In this section, we cover the more obscure CMS options out there.