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What is a Content Management System?
Simply stated, a Content Management System (CMS) is a way to manage your own content. A simple CMS would be a blog software like Wordpress. There are other solutions like Drupal and Joomla as well. For a good full definition of CMS, see this wikipedia entry here.
Why should you consider a CMS?
A CMS is not limited to just one type of content, say blog entries. Your content could be things like your products or appointments. Another key feature of CMS is the ability to manage the content yourself, without calling in a web developer each time you need a change. You also have more granular control of who sees what, restricting access by permission and/or role. In the long run, a CMS should save you money over a traditional website because you can perform the majority of the updating yourself.
Another great benefit of today's content systems is that there are many different plug-ins for these systems to extend their capabilities. Want an event calendar, a photo slideshow, a pdf generator? These are some of the plug-ins or modules freely available to make your CMS even more functional and robust.