Content Management Systems (CMS)

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Content Management Systems (CMS) Overview

What is a Content Management System?

A content management system (CMS) is used to manage and deploy website content. With a content management system, users can create, edit, and delete content from a site. Typically CMS software offers an interface that does not require HTML skills or other technical knowledge. Content managers and authors can make changes without the help of a developer. However, customizing the layout and site experience may still require some coding.

Users can rely on CMS software to run any of these types of sites:

  • Blogs

  • News sites

  • Ecommerce sites

  • Corporate websites

  • Intranets


Blogging platforms are essentially very basic, simple content management systems. More complex tools allow users to manage more structured content across a larger number of pages. These content management systems also offer more integrations and allow users to configure rules for personalization based on visitor site activity or demographic information. The most advanced CMS software options are called digital experience management platforms.

CMS Features & Capabilities

The core purpose of CMS software is to simplify content processes for non-technical people. Users can focus on creating, organizing, and delivering content instead of wrestling with code.

The most common features and capabilities of a good content management system include:


  • WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor

  • Page templates

  • Library of website themes

  • Content versioning and archiving

  • Mobile optimization & responsive design

  • Publishing workflow

  • Form generation

  • Content scheduling

  • Asset management (images, articles, etc.)

  • Page caching (or other features to speed delivery of content to the site)

  • SEO support

  • Tools to tag content and create a taxonomy

  • Browser compatibility

  • Bulk management

  • E-commerce functionality (i.e., catalog, shopping cart, payment processing)

  • Community management (i.e., commenting, profiles)

  • Localization / regionalization with multi-lingual content

  • Other personalization options

  • User roles and permissions

  • API

  • Analytics tools

  • Import/export content

Pricing Information

Content management systems are usually priced based on a few factors. These include the number of users, volume of content, range of features, and whether it’s a subscription service or a lifetime license.

There are some free content management systems that are open source. (However, these are usually less user-friendly for authors. Open source content management systems will likely require more HTML skills to format content and help from developers to deploy/update content.)

For lower-end options, prices can start as low as $5-$10 per month per user (MS SharePoint, for example). Other options include Wix ($5/mo.) and SquareSpace ($12./mo.) Many of these content management system options include free versions either with limited features or for a limited time. Premium packages for enterprise level CMS are typically available by request.

Content Management Products

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Contus Vplayed

Contus Vplayed is a cloud-enabled Video on demand platform that makes it easy to build video on demand mobile apps and websites. Backed by AWS cloud and built in with customizable video player, Contus Vplayed can scale automatically and is accommodative towards 3rd-party integrations.…

Ucraft

Ucraft is a user-friendly website builder, that offers modern, high-definition templates, and intuitive building blocks that make set-up a breeze. The vendor offers a free forever plan for those just starting out, and a pocket-friendly package if you need more functionality. According…

MadCap Software

MadCap Software, headquartered in La Jolla, offers MadCap Flare, a help authoring and technical writing tool featuring onboarding and support from MadCap, and a set of modules for designing advanced guides, aids, and web or application help aids.

Oracle CX Content (formerly Oracle Content and Experience Cloud)

Oracle CX Content (formerly the Oracle Content and Experience Cloud) is a PaaS supporting omni-channel content management and delivery.

CareTech Content Management System

CareTech Content Management System is a web CMS designed to support hospitals marketing efforsts, from HTC Global company CareTech Solutions.

Global Editorial Management System (GEMS)

Apex CoVantage headquartered in Herndon offers the Global Editorial Management System (GEMS), a content management system allowing editors to manage freelance work and publication workflow, providing editorial workflow controls, tasking and assignment management, freelancer payment…

CityFALCON

CityFALCON provides personalised financial news for your watchlist of stocks, commodities, foreign exchange, cryptocurrencies, indices, private companies, bonds, funds, financial topics and more. Our proprietary technology creates a different news feed for every person. Imagine…

Elevio

Elevio's knowledge platform is designed to intelligently deliver contextual content to customers. Elevio acts as a 24/7 automated support team, intelligently delivering in-app help to the right customer at the right time, and actively deflecting incoming support tickets. Elevio uses…

Korbyt

RMG Networks, a digital signage technology specialist, offers Korbyt, the company's content management system (CMS) designed to support the easy development and deployment of internal or public facing visual content.

Live Center - Live Blogging

Live Center is a live blogging solution that allows users to cover breaking news, sports, conferences, and other events in live news feeds. Live Centers allows customers to manage live blog design, behavior, and interaction with users, as well as create live blogs that are integrated…

Hoodin

Omni Observer is a content monitoring tool from Hoodin. When the management of information and insights from the outside world are of the utmost importance, Omni Observer allows users to monitor various types of digital content to create reports, and provides users with the most…

Contentstack

Contentstack headquartered in San Francisco offers an API-first headless CMS.

Prismic

Prismic (prismic.io) is a headless API-driven content management system (CMS), from the company of the same name headquartered in San Francisco.

Overdrive

Overdrive is designed for organisations using G Suite in both business and education. It makes workspaces and sites, transforming Drive and other G Suite content into web pages automatically. Overdrive can be used to build custom sites of any shape and size, with no need to upload…

Plate

The vendor says Plate allows users to launch and manage websites and portals secure, cloud-based, in less time - and at less cost. They state its features are:More Speed More websites? Plate will gladly take users further. In order to grow quickly and in a controlled way. Less slow,…

Boxmode Inc.

Boxmode is a new website builder that offers a set of tools for online project, big or small. Users can obtain an online presence, ranging from promotional landing pages to comprehensive business websites and online stores. The vendor boasts its ease of use, a variety of embedded…

Strapi

Strapi enables content-rich experiences to be created, managed and exposed to any digital product, channel or device. The vendor provides that it is self-hosted, 100% Javascript, headless, and state that they're committed to keeping it community first and open-source.Strapi is vendor-…

Sanity

Sanity from the company of the same name in San Francisco is a platform for structured content that comes with an open-source editing environment called Sanity Studio that users can customize with JavaScript and a real-time hosted data store.

Live Story

Live Story is a smart content management system that aggregates existing and user generated content. Live Story editorializes it and make the content live and shoppable. The vendor states their design-forward approach seamlessly integrates into digital platforms, and is easy to use,…

Scrivito

Scrivito is presented by the vendor as a next-generation content management solution that supports enterprises in building measurable success across multiple digital channels. They state it will provides users with a powerful, flexible, future-proof foundation for a business’ digital…

censhare

censhare’s Universal Content Management platform is an automated, centralized solution to manage all kinds of digital content. Fully integrated, it removes the need to work with multiple systems with different user interfaces, freeing teams to create innovative and powerful customer…

Engatta

For most organisations omnichannel personalisation is an important strategy towards a more relevant and consistent way of interacting with prospects and customers. However, the exploding need for content required to deliver omnichannel personalisation results in what we call 'content…

FlippingBook

FlippingBook is software and cloud service for creating professional digital flipbooks. The tool converts PDFs into interactive ebooks, catalogs, brochures, annual reports, magazines, and sales collateral. Users can share these documents as links or embed them into a website. Collect…

SITE123

SITE123 aims to change conceptions about online website builders - presented as a fast, easy, free and NO CODE website builder, and as a perfect solution for private and corporate Internet users, with tools that let users build a website without requiring prior design and coding…

Storyblok

Storyblok helps teams to tell their stories and manage their content for every use-case: corporate websites, e-commerce, helpdesks, mobile apps, and screen displays. Storyblok features: Visual Editor: Live preview changes made on a websiteComponent approach: Nestable content bloks…

Frequently Asked Questions

What does content management system (CMS) software do?

Content management systems (CMS) give users the tools to create, manage, and deploy website content. Common use cases for CMS platforms include running and maintaining organization intranets, blogs, news websites, corporate websites, and ecommerce websites.

What are the main features included in CMS platforms?

Most CMS platforms include basic website creation and content management features. These include: a WYSIWYG editor, web page layout templates and themes, content versioning and archiving, a publishing workflow, content scheduler/calendar, content tagging tools, and mobile optimization capabilities. More advanced CMS platforms may include more features aimed at managing content with complex structures across multiple webpages.

Can I use CMS to build an ecommerce website?

Yes, CMS products can be used to build an ecommerce website and manage site content (e.g. product catalog, product descriptions, images, etc..). If you’re planning on using your CMS to build and run an online store, here are a few must-have features:

  • WYSIWYG editor
  • Publishing tools
  • Admin controls
  • SEO marketing tools
  • Deep website customization capabilities
  • Social media & email marketing integrations
  • A/B testing capabilities
  • Analytics and reporting metrics

How much does CMS software cost?

The cost of a CMS solution typically depends on a few key factors: range of features needed, number of users, and whether the product has a one-time license fee or a recurring subscription fee. Prices for subscription-based CMS products can vary between $5/user/month and $30/user/month. Some vendors don’t include prices on their websites but will provide a quote on request.