A Content Management System (CMS) is the system that your website is built in.
It houses all of your website pages and is what allows you to edit the words on your site, create new pages, upload images and make any other changes.
There are plenty of different CMS’s out there, but all very different in what they offer and how easy they are to use. There are certain elements that make for a highly effective and useful CMS, such as:
- Simple to use
- Ongoing support and regular updates
- Search engine friendly
- Secure against hacking and viruses
- Flexibility and ease of customisation
- Updated regularly to keep up with the ever-changing web.
The majority of websites built by e-CBD are created in a CMS called MODX. MODX is an advanced, open source Content Management System that allows our developers to build any kind of website without limitations on site functionality, customisation, design or SEO performance. We also work extensively in Wordpress, and ecommerce platforms Shopify and BigCommerce, though we are not limited to these CMS’s.
What does 'Open Source' mean?
MODX and Wordpress are both open source content management systems, which allows developers from around the world to modify the platform to make improvements or add new features. This means that MODX is continuously being fine-tuned and upgraded with the latest applications from the web, allowing the system's functionality and usability to be constantly improving.
Open Source software is typically a collaborative effort where the source code of the CMS is available to developers for customisation, with any modified versions able to be redistributed. Another notable criteria of Open Source software is that distribution must be free. This means that MODX has no extra costs or hidden licensing fees.
Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean that your website is being edited by developers around the world. It means that software developers can access the codebase of the MODX CMS software and continually update and improve future versions of the software.