A content management system (CMS) is designed to improve the management process for webmasters, providing them with a suite of tools on a platform that will allow them to manage their websites to a much higher degree through a web-based admin interface, as opposed to updating static HTML files. Different CMS systems will have different requirements of a web hosting plan and so it is important for you to choose your web hosting plan based on your chosen content management system so that you are able to guarantee compatibility and interoperability between the two, enabling you to make the most of the features that your chosen CMS has to offer. The choice between Windows web hosting and Linux web hosting is one that will need to be made based on the components that your chosen CMS requires access to as different content management systems are written in different scripting languages and may require some platform specific components and features in order to be able to function properly. Content management systems are typically made up of a large number of files because they require a large code base in order to deliver the functionality that you will become use to; because of this it is important to consider the disk space assignment that you will be provided with by your chosen web hosting plan because there are certain factors that will count against your disk space usage including the physical footprint of your CMS system as well as the size of the database backend being used by your CMS.
What are the main features to consider in a content management system?
Content management systems combine a number of different features to provide you with the reliable platform on which you can base your website. There are several main points for you to consider in a content management system if you wish to make the correct choice, including:
- Expandability – most CMS systems are expandable in a number of different ways through the use of third-party plugins and themes, allowing you to add additional functionality as you wish and to incorporate the CMS into the design of your existing website – it is important to review the plugin and theme databases that are available for each different CMS as the most popular CMS systems will be able to offer the biggest variety of plugins and themes, whereas less popular content management systems may not be able to provide you with the variety that you require – furthermore, you should look at the APIs offered by a content management system as these are typically what themes and plugins are built around and a wide variety of APIs will open the doors to you developing your own plugins and themes as you require
- Application security – for most businesses, it is also important to have the guarantee that the application that they are going to use to empower their websites will be secure against web based attacks so that any private data being held by the application can’t be compromised – the issue with most open source CMS systems is that there are bound to be security holes that appear every so often and because the source code of the application is available for anyone to view, it is fairly easy for hackers to pick up on these security holes and then exploit them as they see fit to take down websites that are based on the application in question
- Resource usage – depending on the size of your website and how many visitors you expect to receive each month, the resource usage of a content management system and its scalability when compared to other applications may be of high importance to you – generally the more scalable an application is, the higher the demand it will be able to cope with which in-turn will improve the stability of the systems so that it is less likely to crash when put under high loads – furthermore, if you are running a busy website then it is important to consider the resource usage of an application because if you are going to be running a resource intensive website then it may be best to consider a dedicated web hosting plan for your needs.
What should I consider in a CMS hosting plan?
There are several different features for you to consider in a CMS hosting plan so that you are able to guarantee compatibility between your chosen CMS system and the web hosting package that you wish to use. These features include:
- Scripting language support – in order for a CMS application to function properly, it needs to be developed using a scripting language that can interact with the server and other applications in order to develop the dynamic environment that a CMS will provide you with – there are many different server side scripting languages available, the two most popular ones being PHP and ASP.NET – PHP based content management systems are best hosted on Linux web hosting plans, whilst ASP.NET based content management systems will only function correctly on Windows web hosting plans
- Database support – any CMS system will require access to a backend database where it can store all the configuration information required by the application to function correctly as well as the content that will be used to popular your website – there are many different backend database systems available depending on your chosen operating system and CMS platform, but generally a CMS that has been developed using PHP will use a MySQL database backend whilst an ASP.NET CMS will provide you with the choice of either a Microsoft SQL Server database or Microsoft Access database backend.
In conclusion, a CMS hosting plan will provide you with the resources that you require to necessitate the hosting of a content management system that you can use to power your website and add additional functionality that you may not have access to if you were to develop your website yourself. There are many different content management systems available, both commercial and open source, guaranteeing that there will be a CMS option available for most users.