Into the World of CMS

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Legacy Systems

It is only up until recently, relatively speaking, that CMS programs have become easier to use and have become open-source in many cases. Content management systems, or software applications that allow for creation and management of digital content, reached a turning point around 2009. Basic content management was replaced with a desire for personalization, analytics, and content marketing features (Tolvanen, 2013). Before this turning point, many systems became outdated, leading to the term Legacy Systems. In reference to computing, a legacy system refers to an outdated computer system or systems that are no longer applicable to current content (Techopedia, n.d.). For example, in 2011 Windows 9x became a legacy system when Windows XP was released (TechTarget, 2011).


What does content management look like today?

The CMS marketplace is quite a chaotic region consisting of shakeouts, mergers, and acquisitions (CMS Review, 2007). Many installation companies have spent millions on CMS programs only to find that minimal amounts of people use it. While there have been many disasters, there have also been many successes. According to Web Technology Surveys, WordPress is used by 27.4% of all the websites, followed by Joomla with 3.4% and Drupal with 2.2% (Web Technology Surveys, 2009).

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WordPress’ development dates back to 2001 (WordPress.org, n.d.). After Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little created WordPress, plugins, theme systems, tagging, notifications, and other features were released in the years to come. It is an open-source platform, user friendly, and flexible for many uses.

Before Joomla, there was Mambo. Miro released Mambo in 2001; however many of the team members eventually wanted more control over the project so many left to start Joomla (Johnson, 2014). Joomla 1.0 was released September 22, 2005 and from there the program continued to grow and versions, 1.5, 1.6, 2.5, and 3.0 became available (Johnson, 2014). Joomla serves its customers by providing the option of free CMS, possesses international languages, includes common features, and is supported by volunteers.

In 2000, Drupal was the result of two University Antwerp students, Dries Buytaert and Hans Snijder. The wireless bridge was set up between their dorms. After Dries graduated he put their internal site online as drop.org. Later on in 2001, Dries released the software behind drop.org and he called the software Drupal from the Dutch word meaning drop (Drupal, n.d.). There is no cost to use the software and it is under the GNC Public License, which means it is free to download, modify, and use.


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A Prediction Regarding The Future of Content Management Systems

As the Internet continues to grow and expand as more digital content fills the cyber world, there will always be more problems and jobs to solve those issues. There will be a need for specialists in text, video, as well as other content types (Gilbane, 2016) and who knows, maybe there will be a need for a new type of content management system as technology evolves. As of right now though, there is no reason to start a from-scratch CMS project as it is in the better interest of time to use and modify other open-source CMS programs. This will get the job done.


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References

CMS Review. (2007). Brief history of the cms marketplace. Retrieved from http://www.cmsreview.com/history.html

Drupal. (n.d.). Our history. Retrieved from https://www.drupal.org/about/history

Gilbane, F. (2016). What’s next for content management. Retrieved from http://www.econtentmag.com/Articles/Editorial/Commentary/Whats-Next-for-Content-Management-112164.htm

Johnson, S. (2014). History of Joomla. Retrieved from https://www.intownwebdesign.com/joomla/history-of-joomla.html

Techopedia. (n.d.). Legacy systems. Retrieved from https://www.techopedia.com/definition/635/legacy-system

TechTarget. (2011). Retrieved from http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/legacy-platform-legacy-operating-system

Tolvanen, P. (2013). Future, present, and history of cmss as told by cms expert deane barker. Retrieved from https://northpatrol.com/2013/11/11/future-present-and-history-of-cmss-as-told-by-cms-expert-deane-barker/

Web Technology Surveys. (2009). Usage of content management systems. Retrieved from https://w3techs.com/technologies/overview/content_management/all

WordPress.org. (n.d.) History. Retrieved from https://codex.wordpress.org/History

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