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Web Site Creation for Beginners: Choosing editor or CMS system

The first step toward your own personal page is to choose what editor or content management system to use. This is a very big step and probably the most important decision you will ever make regarding your web-site.


  1. Using a editor
  2. Content Management Systems


There are many good editor programs out there. You can use any standard text-editor if you know how to write the XHTML markup tags yourself, but most people will be better off creating their page using a graphical interface that lets you choose elements by clicking on pretty icons.

1. Using a editor

Quanta is a great KDE / Linux editor where you edit using tags and pre-view the page real-time as you change it. Quanta as wizards to most common elements and is a very nice editor to work with if you know the basics of markup languages.

Mozilla Composer is part of the Mozilla suite and is a user-friendly editor where you can create pages without any knowledge what so ever regarding the XHTML markup used to save the web page. Beginners will have a nice experience using Mozilla Composer because it allows you to do most things within the limits of a web page from a simple, user-friendly interface.

Editing pages using a editor program has a few big weaknesses. You must upload the page from your machine to the web server after every change and edit, and you must insert link elements binding the pages together yourself.

2. Content Management Systems

The modern way of maintaining websites is by using a Content Management System (CMS). These are software packages running on top of Web Servers who render the pages using information stored in a database or elsewhere. CMS systems allow you to edit and maintain your websites on-line using a standard browser.

You need a CMS system if your website will contain more than three pages or be maintained by more than two people. Making changes on-line and having changes displayed instantly is more sensible than creating static pages and uploading them. CMS systems automatically generate menu entries when new articles are created, allows users to comment on the content, generates RSS feeds and much more.

2.1. How to choose the best CMS system for your needs

OpenSourceCms lets you try all the major CMS systems, blogs, forums, group-ware and other web applications on-line!

If you are considering opening your own website, regardless of category, then OpenSourceCms is site you should visit. The various systems may respond slow at times, but you should take your time to check out how the CMS system looks from the administration point of view before making yourself depend on it

2.2. CMS checklist

  • Speed. CMS systems rely on database back-ends. Make sure your CMS is fast enough to be scalable up to ten times the number of expected users. Being ready for the future and high loads at peek hours beats giving your visitors a slow and pain-full waiting experience. Make sure your hosting provider has the equipment and knowledge required to run your CMS system at acceptable speeds.
  • Maintainability. This is extremely important. A comment about nothing on your personal blogg may stay there as a part of your site forever. Make sure your CMS system allows you to easily add, remove or change content! These tasks are the ones you will be spending most time on, so make sure your CMS lets you focus on creating content, not figuring out why your text is rendered strangely or only saved partially when you try to save your work.

Good luck!


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