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What exactly does a cms do? Will it allow me to do anything that frontpage does not? Would including one into my redesign plans be smart? What options besides cms are there?
[edited by: encyclo at 3:18 am (utc) on Jan. 4, 2007]
The advantages over a program like FrontPage is that you can access it from anywhere, from any computer that has a browser, and it makes it easy to give multiple people access to edit different parts of the website.
CMSs usually also keep track of changes, so you can easily determine what was changed by who.
This is a greatly simplified explanation, as CMSs typically have additional functionality (often implemented using "plugin" components), in particular, interactive components that just aren't possible using static web pages. (e.g. forums, chat, blogs, databases, etc.) All of these features COULD be implemented on a server using individual software components, but a CMS typically brings all of the features under one roof.
it means that people with little or no experience can manage a site or section within a site.
Most cms apps use themes or templates to control the look and feel of the site. You can edit the templates to suit your requirements.