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CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

You have done your research, picked your niche, registered your domain, and set up your hosting plan. The next step is to create the web site. To do this you need a content management system. The best explanation of this is a  content management system is a “computer application used to create, edit, manage, and publish content in a consistently organized fashion (wikipedia, 2009).”

There are a number of different choices and many of them are free. Many people use Front Page which was discontinued in 2006. It was replaced by Office SharePoint Designer 2007 for the enterprise information workers and Expression Web for the professional Web designer. Another very popular program is Adobe Dreamweaver. I cannot comment on either as I have not used them.

When I started I was taking a course that was being built using Drupal. Many more experienced people expressed the opinion that this was too complicated a system for a beginner. I did not know what I was doing but I just followed along. The idea behind the site was to build a community site where others could contribute their experiences, add their images, and participate in the forum discussions. A good review of the many advantages and some of the drawbacks to Drupal can be found at http://www.advancedwebdesign.com/drupal-review.

After a time it was decided that the site should be moved to SocialGo. This is an easier site for participants to add their content. A good review of this can be found at >http://www.brighthub.com/internet/web-development/reviews/47032.aspx. From my point of view the verdict is still out on this. I have not found it particularly easy to add areas to monetize the system and I don’t like the idea that you can nit control your files on it. However I am willing to give it time.

Award winning Xsitepro2 at $197.00 is probably the best investment for beginners who want a desktop content management application. This is an easy to use, straightforward program. It delivers more than it promises and is extremely time saving. The many templates, the easy and speed with which you can build a site, the support, the step by step manual and the built-in SEO analyzer make this an excellent choice for a marketer. With this system there is no need to know HTML, PHP and you can easily customize your site. Xsitepro2 is great choice for beginner and experienced site builders.

In exploring different ways of constructing a website I came across Info Product Killer. For me this was a great way to learn about the construction of a page, some HTML, titles, alt tags, linking and adding images. This program is delivered with step by step videos. Easy to follow instructions in both the video presentation and printed material made it possible to quickly build money making web sites. Craig Kaye who created this has been extremely supportive. If you email him a question allowing for the time difference there is an almost immediate response. I think this would have been the best starting point for me.

Having been at this for a little while and now having hindsight I wish I had started with WordPress. This is a free web based blogging system which can be used to set up any web site. For a basic understanding of setting up a WordPress site there is excellent free information at

If you are looking to set up a static web site there this is possible. There are hundreds of free themes available by googling WordPress free themes. I think when I began I thought to use WordPress that you needed to come up with some original thought about yourself or a world event. However WordPress can be used to add any consistent content that you can think up. There is an excellent book available WordPress for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson. If I was starting at the beginning I think I would concentrate on learning all the ins and outs of WordPress.

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