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Content-Management Systems

Content management might provide the solution. CMS, which stands for content-management system, is an industry buzzword used to describe a wide range of tools. The term CMS covers expensive applications that manage every aspect of web content creation, publication, and maintenance. But CMS is also used to describe comparatively inexpensive (and even free) publishing tools that do little else than write chunks of text into otherwise static HTML pages.

Nearly all sites can benefit from some degree of automation in web publishing. Updating content consumes enough of your time, let alone needing to make changes by hand. A good CMS can empower you to work smarter, faster, and more logically. Those kinds of benefits usually come at a high price. But as this chapter shows, there are many ways shoestring designers can save money while automating content management.


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