As you will all know, choosing the right Content Management System (CMS) is an essential element in becoming a successful web developer. With hundreds to choose from it can be a nightmare knowing which one could be right for you. We often get asked about the best ones to select and when we come across a new resource that looks like it has potential, we like to see our readers try it out and give us feedback.
What is a CMS?
It is a Web application that uses a central database, such as MySQL, to create, edit and store content in a simple way. An administration panel is then used to edit the content in the “backend” which is then displayed to normal visitors on the “frontend”.
Why use a CMS?
There are various reasons why you may choose to use a CMS, but the primary reason cited is to make the creation and editing of content simple. Depending on the purpose of your project, you may need to use a different CMS each time – so it is vital to understand the needs of your project before deciding. If you are creating a site on behalf of a client, a CMS can be essential. Most clients will have little to no coding knowledge, so the ability for them to edit content with the click of a button is extremely beneficial.
Okay, I want a light-weight, simple CMS to use…
Most of you probably already use WordPress, Joomla or Drupal for your projects, but there’s an interesting new CMS for you to try: ZykeCMS.
Zyke is newly launched and as such is still at V1.0, but here are just a few of the features for you to try:
- Easy to add pages
- Simple text editor with no need for HTML knowledge
- Change layout of page with ease
- Quick installation process
- Optimised for speed with no bulky coding
Zyke is a free, open-source CMS which means you can help develop the product as you build and learn about the code. The Zyke developer community is where the owners hang out and ask for any feedback. Much like any other open-source software, if you have any suggestions, improvements or ideas – you are free to build them and offer them in the forums to the users. Being a new launch, if you get in today you could soon become one of the lead developers and come widely respected in the community – a great opportunity for the up-and-coming Web developers among you!
Have you tried ZykeCMS ? Leave your comment with your feedback.