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What are the types of Content Management System (CMS)

The term “Content Management System” (CMS) has become widely popular in almost all types of industries. In most basic terms, the definition of content management system is a system widely used to manage and store company’s content. However, there are different types of content management systems and each type manages content for different purposes or reasons.

Let’s have a close look at some variations of CMS:

Cloud CMS

There are two types of cloud based CMS. You can Fully Cloud as a part of service or package. You won’t be able to modify the functionality as per your needs. Partial Cloud is located at user’s cloud based server. It offers great flexibility since its functionality can be easily modified, either with alteration of the source code or with some add-on modules. This content management system will work for small to medium sized companies that can work efficiently with technical expertise and ongoing support.

Open-source CMS

You can easily download open-source CMS without paying a dime. These types of content management systems are created and developed with user community environment, where third party developers improve the original product. You can easily install add-ons and improve its functionality. Sometimes you will have to pay for add-ons, templates another adaptation. However, there is no licensed fee for initial installation.

Proprietary CMS

Proprietary content management system comes with an initial license fee, and in some cases, there are annual charges for user support and updates. This type of CMS can be easily tailored to suit the user requirements.

This CMS can be bit expensive, with additional costs. So it is important to be clear on what is actually covered by the license, and what all you will have to pay in the future.

Types of content management system

Component Content Management System

This CMS manages repetitive content across different documents, frequently revised, and translated into various languages. Content is stored in reusable building blocks that can be easily matched and mixed to create documents.

Web Content Management System

This content management system helps to create and maintain a web page without any need for highly technical skills. It uses templates that form the structure of the website. The editor or author can add images, content, and videos into the templates that are then published onto the site.

Document Management System

It allows for efficient storing and tracking of documents in digital format, to allow these files to be changed and maintained by multiple users at one time. It helps businesses to store and manage MS word and PDFs with ease.

Digital Asset Management System

This CMS is used to manage media files such as videos, photos and other multimedia and graphical content. This software can be used to manage large sets of media while managing a huge list of metadata on each of these assets to make it super easy to find media that meets certain criteria.


A custom CMS is an application tailored to specific business needs related to creating, storing, organising and publishing digital content.

Custom content management system may include the following components:

  • Document management,
  • Records management (documents for legal purposes),
  • Digital asset management (audio, video, graphic content),
  • Web content management

Each CMS initiative should start with an intentional, thoughtful and an agreed-upon set of requirements so you can easily determine which type is best for your needs.


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