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How to Design Websites by Alan Pipes

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Content-management systems

One application of PHP is the content-management system (CMS). What do you do if you have created a website and the client wants to be able to update it, but knows nothing about HTML? You configure a CMS so that their adding to or modifying a website becomes a form-filling exercise. If you have used WordPress, you’ll get the idea. Adobe’s answer is a program called Contribute, designed to integrate with Dreamweaver, which consists of a ‘client’ for editing, and a ‘publishing server’. Users can make updates via a browser. As a commercial product, it does come with a price tag. Other CMSs include Drupal, ExpressionEngine and Joomla, but our old friend WordPress is one of the most popular.

With a CMS, the designer sets ...

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