Content Management Systems (CMS)
A content management system (CMS) is a way to manage all the stuff you have or want to publish on your web site. This stuff can include articles, images, documents, blog postings, customer data, and what have you. For many organizations, handling all this information and content, especially for small businesses, is a difficult and costly part of running a web site. Traditionally, content management systems were something only enterprise-level organizations could afford.
A custom designed proprietary CMS can easily run anywhere from 30,000 to 500,000 Dollars. However, with the advent of the open source community, there has a been a great push to make CMS technology available to the masses. As such, several open source content management systems are now freely available.
Joomla is the CMS that we at Scratch Writing, Inc. hang our proverbial hat on. How much does a Joomla CMS cost? It is completely free. That is right--free! Well, not totally free. Unless you have the time to learn how to deploy a freely available CMS, you still have to pay for someone to put it all together for you, but the cost savings are significant none the less. For example, we offer basic CMS powered web sites starting as low as $2,500. Now compare that to even the low end of an enterprise system at $30,000!