WHAT IS A CMS, WHY DO I NEED ONE?
A CMS is an acronym that stands for “Content Management System”, which is a software product used on websites to easily control, update, and manage the content. If you are using a website that is not powered by a CMS then it means each time you want to add any new content, products, or information then you will need to edit a HTML file manually, and upload that file to your site. This could be very cumbersome to perform an update, especially if you are editing more than one page. When using a CMS, you simply need to login to a private administration section, type in your new content, and post it to your website to update your website instantly. Therefore, when you use a CMS product to manage your website you can make updates more quickly and free yourself from editing pages in HTML
WHAT ARE CMS SKINS AND THEMES?
A skin, or theme, are interchangeable terms used to describe ready made template designs that can be instantly applied to a CMS. Once you have your CMS running on your website, it can have a stark or generic look, and adding a theme to your CMS provides your website with a more customized and welcoming feeling. Also, because all ThemeStock.com skins are developed to the coding requirements of to be compatible with their correlating CMS, applying a skin to your CMS is very simple and requires no programming or coding knowledge.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CMS’S?
Yes, Content Management Systems can have many different purposes, below is a list and description of a variety of CMS’s that ThemeStock.com provides ready made skins for:
CMS’s for Community, News, and Blogging:
Drupal is a free community based Open Source CMS often associated with blogging, and its developer’s state that “Equipped with a powerful blend of features, Drupal can support a variety of websites ranging from personal weblogs to large community-driven websites.”
Wordpress is a very popular system used almost exclusively for blogging. A quote from Wordpress’s website states that “WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it.”
Mambo is a free Open Source CMS, that deals with more web content then simple blogs do, and according to Mambo’s developer’s, Mambo is a “full-featured content management system that can be used for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications.”
Joomla is another free Open Source CMS that is built on a similar framework to Mambo. According to the developers of Joomla, it is “one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management Systems on the planet. It is used all over the world for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications. Joomla! is easy to install, simple to manage, and reliable.”
PHPNuke is a large community portal project that lets you manage articles, downloads, group collaborations, and many user activities.
XOOPS touts itself as “an extensible, OO (Object Oriented), easy to use dynamic web content management system written in PHP. XOOPS is the ideal tool for developing small to large dynamic community websites, intra company portals, corporate portals, weblogs and much more”.
CMS’s for E-Commerce and Online Shopping:
OScommerce is also a free Open Source CMS, however its uses are more centered around ecommerce, and running an online shop specifically. The OScommerce website has this to say about the application: “osCommerce is an Open Source based online shop e-commerce solution that is available for free under the GNU General Public License. It features a rich set of out-of-the-box online shopping cart functionality that allows store owners to setup, run, and maintain their online stores with minimum effort and with no costs, fees, or limitations involved”.
osCMax is branch of development of the OSCommerce system, and its website boasts that “osCMax v2.0 is a powerful e-commerce/shopping cart web application. There are many advantages to using osCMax as your e-commerce/shopping cart for your web site. It has all the features needed to run a successful internet store and can be customized to whatever configuration you need.”
CRE Loaded is another branch of development of the OSCommerce program, and although it is open source as well, it has both free and paid versions, as well as white label and branding required versions. CRE Loaded is described by its developers as combining “a horde of powerful features into one stable eCommerce application. Building on the capabilities of the widely accepted osCommerce package, CRE Loaded Ecommerce takes something good and makes it GREAT.”
Zen Cart is another rebuild of OSCommerce commonly used for its ecommerce features, and its website provides the following description: “Zen Cart™ truly is the art of e-commerce; a free, user-friendly, open source shopping cart system. The software is being developed by group of like-minded shop owners, programmers, designers, and consultants that think e-commerce could be and should be done differently.”
HOW DO I INSTALL A CMS:
If you do not already have a CMS system installed on your website, then your web hosting provider may have a simple “1-click installation” for you to instantly install one. One web host that offers automatic installations of CMS products to your hosting account if you host with them is http://www.httpcity.com.
If you are using a web host that does not offer instant installations of a CMS or if you want to install your CMS on your own, then you will need to ask your host to provide you with a few pieces of mySQL related information including:
1. The hostname of your mySQL database (most of the time the hostname of your database is simply: localhost)
2. The database name
3. The database username
4. The database password
After you have this, you can follow the guided setup instructions that each CMS provides. You can find links to these instructions below:
MY CMS IS INSTALLED, HOW DO I INSTALL THE SKINS FROM THEMESTOCK.COM?