What is a ‘CMS’?

We understand that the world wide web is a big, scary thing for most people, so each month we’ll try to take a word, acronym or phrase and explain to you in simple, ‘non-techie’ terms what it all means. This is DBG’s Digital Definition of the Month!


CMS stands for:

content management system


When talking about websites, a content management system can sit behind a website and allow the website administrator to edit the text and imagery across their website.

The beauty of a web CMS is that the website administrator can update the website without needing to know HTML or any other web programming languages, as they are designed with non-technical people in mind.

Most web content management systems utilise a WYSIWYG editor.  Referred to as “wizzy wig”, and standing for What You See Is What You Get, these editors allow website administrators to manage the content using a friendly and familiar toolbar:




DBG recommends content management systems for all new websites as they give the website owner much more control over the ongoing management of their site, and also gives them the ability to regularly update their website which is excellent for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).


One thought on “What is a ‘CMS’?

  1. Jasonsmith21 Reply

    This definition of CMS is really simple to understand for any average internet user like me. I was also hoping to build a website that is simple to use and maintain. But I was not able to understand in which platform should I build it. Now I would choose a good CMS for my website.

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