What is a website content management system?
CMS Example:- A website content management system allows you to change the text and images on your website easily – by visiting a page somewhere, entering your user name and password to log in, clicking a link or two, typing something and pressing ‘Save’ as in the example on the right. It is a system to let you manage the content of your website.
A CMS means you won’t need to ring your web designer and pay $50/hour to change the price or description of your biggest selling product. Alternatively, you won’t need to personally grapple with things like FTP, HTML or Dreamweaver.
With a CMS, much of the information in your site will probably be stored in a database somewhere, instead of in unchanging files. So CMS websites are also database-driven instead of static. Those are a couple of other terms you may hear about while researching CMS’s.
CMS’s are powerful, so they must also have some method of authentication – meaning that you have to login somewhere – with your email address or username and a fairly complicated password – in order to use it.
How does a CMS relate to ecommerce?
An ecommerce site is a website which sells products. Ecommerce sites almost always have some kind shopping basket listing all the products a customer wants to buy. Usually ecommerce sites also gather customer information and then send the customer off to a payment provider (like PayPal, Sage Pay or World Pay and Credit Card) to take payment.
So ecommerce is a type of website, while a CMS is a way of managing a website. Therefore an ecommerce site can have CMS too. In fact, they usually do as once you’ve paid all that money for an ecommerce site so it is a shame not to have an easy way to manage it.
If your ecommerce site has a CMS, you should be able to change all the web pages as above and also the name, description, category, price and one image for each product and be able to add new products.
It would be nice if your ecommerce CMS also let you re-categorise products, put one product in multiple categories and have product options (like colours and sizes for clothes).
A more advanced CMS could also offer bulk discounting, voucher codes, selling downloadable files, multiple product options which affect the price of the product and even stock management.
Aside from just managing your products, a CMS on an ecommerce site might also maintain a list of your customers and orders and include some reporting or statistical summaries of your sales
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