What's a content management system (CMS)?

A content management system is software that keeps track of every piece of content on your Web site, much like your local public library stores, and keeps track of books for easy retrieval when you need them.

Content can be simple text, photos, music, video, documents, or just about anything you can think of. A major advantage of using a CMS is that, once it is set up properly, it usually requires only a short tutorial to learn to manage it.

Since the CMS manages all your content, to whatever degree you choose, you can free yourself of many of the ongoing fees associated with maintaining a Web site.