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ABSTRACT

At Present there are lots of open-source content management systems (CMS) available in the market. As open-source CMS has its own advantages but out of so many only few like Joomla, Drupal, WordPress are popular in the market because of good functionality and support.

It is the obvious question for everyone that, what are the basic reasons that only these CMS are mostly acceptable? Lots of surveys have been done to know which is the best and why? But still, it is unanswered.

  • INTRODUCTION

Content Management System (WCMS) is a server program that stores web page text and publishing details in a database.

The pages cannot be loaded until it is requested by client browser and it is built on demand. With the use of WCMS many types of content can be organized and published, and the layout, appearance and structure of the site can be changed easily and quickly, as it is based on templates. If you want to change your content, it can be edited online and goes live immediately.

Plug-ins can be used to add Functions and features as and when you need. Different content can be served to different visitors, according to their language or location.

Visitor interaction can be increased compare to static or HTML site. A CMS is now the preferred choice for those who want easy content changes, simplified control of large amounts of content, a choice of plug-ins to accomplish a wide variety of tasks; and above all, the ability to do a lot more, a lot easier, and a lot faster than with any other system.

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  • wordpress

WordPress is initially designed as a blogging platform, in the last several years WordPress has changed itself as a useful content management system.

One of the main advantages of WordPress is the large number of plug-ins released by independent developers.

Of all the websites built on content management systems (CMSs), around 56 percent of them are powered by WordPress. That’s an impressive statistic that speaks not only of WordPress’s increasing adoption rate by users but also of its permanence as a CMS.

  • wordpress Single Site versus wordpress Multisite

Prior to the release of WordPress version 3.0 in June 2010, WordPress was available in two “flavors”—single site and Multi-User (MU). With the 3.0 release, both are now part of one installation, with the multiuser option now being called Multisite. The single site option is a great choice for running a library or personal website when all the content will be available under a single domain name (e.g., www.mylibrary.org).

The Multisite option greatly simplifies site administration when a group of separate websites are needed. This option would be handy for library systems with multiple branches, each needing a site with its own subdomain address (e.g., www.mylibrary.org/eastbranch).

WordPress comes with a rich community of people and resources that you can turn to when you need help.

From the forums where beginners ask questions and experts share their, to the plugin and theme

developers who give their time and talent and listen to the folks who use their tools, to the tutorials, book authors, videos, tweets, bloggers—there are tons of people and resources to help with questions and many

opportunities to give back by sharing your expertise.

Advantages for Libraries and What WordPress Can Do for Them

In our work training library staff to use WordPress websites and building WordPress websites, we’ve seen what a perfect fit WordPress is for many types of libraries and educational organizations—large and small. Here are some of the selling points for libraries:

  • It’s free. While this feature is certainly very appealing, it wouldn’t be the deciding factor if WordPress weren’t also such a flexible, full-featured tool for building a dynamic, easy-to-navigate website.
  • It’s easy to get started. Once the software is installed on a server, you can build a simple website in just a few hours. The learning curve for WordPress is not daunting.
  • It allows Web-based administration. Sites can be

administered from any computer that has an Internet connection and a browser. You’re no longer tied to one computer that has Dreamweaver (or an outdated version of FrontPage) on it. Now when a blizzard closes the library, you can log in from home and put up-to-date information on the site.

  • You can share the workload. It’s easy to let other people contribute and update content. Set up user accounts for anyone who will be updating the site. A number of different user statuses help you control who can publish information and who has access to the more powerful administrative features.
  • It’s easy to keep the content fresh. Adding a frequently updated news page is simple. News updates (posts) are automatically displayed on the either the main page site or another page you Specify.
  • The commenting features boost communication. They encourage increased communication with your library’s users, while providing lots of options for thwarting spam comments.
  • It’s flexible and extensible. Plugins galore extend the functionality of WordPress. If you find yourself saying, “I wonder if WordPress can do XYZ,” there’s likely to be a plugin available that can help. And if not, someone with some programming skills can probably create the custom plugin you need.
  • It allows updating from your mobile device. With apps for various smartphones (Android, iPhone, BlackBerry) and devices like the iPad and Android tablets, updating on the go is very easy. This is also a great way to stay in touch with any comments being posted on the site and replying quickly.

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References:

۱٫Gelbmann, M. (2010, Oct 18). Highlights of Web Technology Surveys, June 2010: The Amazing Dominance of WordPress as CMS. Retrieved from W3Techs Web Technology Surveys: http://w3techs.com/blog/entry/highlights_of_web_technology_surveys_june_2010

۲٫K.Patel, S., Rathod, D., & B. Prajapati, J. (Volume 21– No.4, May 2011). Performance Analysis of Content Management Systems- Joomla, Drupal and WordPress. International Journal of Computer Applications.

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