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content management system (CMS)

A (web) content management system allows a number of people to maintain a website using a simple web-browser-based interface (instead of manually authoring webpages).

Content management systems generally consist of a number of templates corresponding to standard ‘types’ of information, e.g.


Users of the system may be assigned specific privileges to restrict the types of change they can make to the website.

For example; the communications manager might only be able to add and edit press releases; changes to product pricing can only be made by the product manager.

Related terms: web browser, graphic user interface (GUI), open source, wysiwyg


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