Content Management Systems (CMS) & File Transfer Protocols (FTP)

This article will explain the differences and advantages between content management systems and file transfer protocols. They are both methods of updating and transferring files or information via the internet. The CMS is a relatively new idea that allows people with little to no technical computer knowledge to make changes to websites that only a developer or someone with knowledge of the industry would be able to do previously.


Content Management Systems (CMS)

CMS:  A Content Management System is a piece of software developed to assist business owners in managing inventory and the information included on their website. It allows publishing, editing, and modifying content as well as site maintenance from a central page. For example, Web Shop Manager is a CMS developed by Web Design Solutions. All of the features available in any particular CMS will vary widely from system to system.

File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

FTP:  Used to transfer files from one host to another over a network such as the internet. It can be used for a variety of things, including uploading web pages and other documents from a private location to a public hosted server. This is done by opening two connections that machines can communicate through, as opposed to the one used in HTTP connections.

Benefits/Uses of a CMS

Content Management Systems are a relatively new development in the web design world. As of now, it looks like the use of a CMS will become standard for the majority of online businesses. Prior to the implementation of CMS's, any change that needed to be done to a website was a lengthy process. Even if it was ONE line being altered, the developer would have to do it himself, and it took some time. A CMS offers a variety of benefits:

  • The use of CMS gives non-technical users complete control over their website content. Content updates are of immense importance for search engine rankings. Before CMS, maintenance of a website was a frustrating task for businesses, as it required having a technical person with sound knowledge of HTML and programming to look after the updates. CMS has eased this process by empowering the non-technical users.
  • CMS reduces the maintenance costs of websites for businesses. Owner of a website is in full control of themes, content, and display panels settings and can easily make amendments to them. There is no need of hiring a designer or developer for these amendments. This reduces the maintenance cost to zero and gives the flexibility to make changes at any desirable time.
  • CMS offers a consistent layout for information like navigations, headers, footers, and meta tags etc. Inconsistent design may ruin your website. Basically, it minimizes the risk of errors.
  • CMS allows multiple authors to work on the content of your website, simultaneously. You can then schedule updates existing in drafts to be published on a particular date.
  • CMS also helps to create search engine friendly pages. It segregates design and content, allowing webmaster to add keywords in the URL of pages. In modern CMS, there is even a facility of predicting suggestions for relevant meta titles and meta description for every web page.

Benefits/Uses of FTP

There are many advantages of file transfer protocol (FTP) when it comes to transmitting files over the Internet. Depending on your needs, FTP may be the perfect medium for the types of large files you need transferred across networks locally or nationally.

  • One of the biggest advantages of file transfer protocol is that it is one of the fastest ways to transport large files from one computer to another
  • You don't need to complete many steps/operations to get the entire file or files transferred. Easy to use.
  • FTP allows you to transfer files back and forth. This means that if you are an owner of a company, you can send information to your employees and they can send information back all on the same server.
  • It can be essentially unlimited. A user can deliver and receive an unlimited number of files through the FTP setup at no extra cost in terms of web hosting. Movies, documents and presentations can all easily be sent or stored using an FTP. Some providers even offer to encrypt and protect the data to make sure that only those authorized can access it.

WSM uses the content management system functionality, and does not support FTP access