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Different Types of Content Management Systems

Mousumi Rana Published on : 29 November 2019


Every business owner knows, it is important to manage content storage and streamline information flow. Right from the inception of your company, if you are able to have a good, structured content management, your potential to maximize business operation definitely increases. 

For that to happen, you will need a Content Management System as it will help you store, manage, and share content in the most effective way.

Not to forget the fact that there are different types of CMSs available and each type serves a different purpose for different business types. 

Before jumping on to the classification of CMS, let’s first understand CMS in a more detailed way.


What is a Content Management System (CMS)?

Content Management System or CMS is a software application that allows creation, management, and distribution of content. 

One can publish, edit, modify as well as maintain a website right from the central page. The World Wide Web comprises of XML, HTML, and other media and document files. These content types can be manually published by organizing and editing files on any file system that is synched to the World Wide Web through a dedicated web server. 

This process is very tedious and you don’t always have a great deal of technical expertise. 

Content Management System stores image or text content in a database. It then pulls relevant content automatically and presents it on appropriate web pages according to the set rules.  

When you use a CMS, you do not need much technical intervention. Dealing and managing content is more automated and consistent.

By incorporating a CMS, you can efficiently carry out all the operations related to media asset management system, document management system, blog and portal system, and many more. 

Content Management Systems can be classified into many categories. 


Let’s first look at classification of CMS based on types of users:

  • Enterprise Content Management System: 

This kind of CMS allows different organizations or corporates in creating, managing and distributing various kinds of content. The content in this case can include documents, product information, surveys and so on. Companies can also provide collaboration regarding these content types. 


  • Web Content Management System: 

You can use this type of CMS as a toolset for creating and maintaining digital information without you needing to have any prior website coding language. User here can be an individual or an organization. Due to its user-friendly and customizable features, most individuals generally prefer this type of CMS. 


Now, let’s go through the classification of CMS according to the way they can be embedded into your business system:


  • Open source CMS:

This software CMS can be downloaded at zero initial cost. You basically do not need to get any license, contracts, upgrades, or fees. However, when opting for an open-source CMS for your business, you might have to make certain financial investments for:

  • Technical assistance during the setup and installation
  • Customization to meet your requirements that are beyond the CMS’s core offerings
  • Compatible add-ons, plugins, and templates
  • Regular software support and updates


  • Proprietary CMS 

Commercial proprietary CMS software is basically built as well as managed by any single organization. If you are thinking of choosing this kind of CMS software, you need to  be prepared for:

  • purchasing a license
  • making annual or monthly payments for support or updates 
  • Investing in additional costs for upgrades, customization, and so on
  • Investing in ongoing technical training or user support


  • Software as a Service (SaaS) Content Management System:

You can expect SaaS to have an integrated approach as a CMS. This type of CMS  includes offerings of web hosting, web content management software, technical support; all covered in a single unit. All of these are cloud-hosted virtual solutions. As most SaaS run on a monetization model, you will have to pay according to a subscription plan. Pricing in this type of CMS basically includes:

  • Data and content storage as required by you
  • Amount of transferred data 
  • Ongoing support


Now, let’s discuss about the classification of CMS according to the purpose for which they are used:


CMS for building websites:

CMS for building websites

  • WordPress: This is one of the most popular website building CMSs. Based on MySQL and PHP, you can create your own blog or website using videos, text documents, images, and so on by simply using the tools that it provides. You can add a touch of more personalization to your website by using pre-defined third party themes.


  • Joomla: CMS of Joomla comes with an intuitive dashboard that makes it easy to use the platform. You can have many third-party features integrated with this setup.  Being an open-source CMS, you have the liberty to customize the elements the way you like. You might have to extend your efforts in installing up this not-so-easy CMS setup. 


  • Mambo: When it comes to Mambo as a CMS, you can expect to host your complex business applications in the most convenient way. Its simple interface lets you create and manage corporate extranets and intranets, government portals, and other complex community sites. You would find this CMS extremely user-friendly and customizable. 


CMS for building eCommerce websites: 

CMS for building eCommerce websites

  • Muvi: Muvi offers Muvi Kart, its CMS platform for building your eCommerce website. You can upload multiple video and image files. This helps you to provide a good elaboration of your products. Uploading short informative videos on “Direction to use” or “Installation procedures” for your products is easy with Muvi Kart. If you want to use product images shot in different colors and from different angles, you can find this platform very supportive.


  • Shopify: Shopify is an easy-to-use and highly intuitive platform. Its app store helps to have a good eCommerce site. It has gained recognition in the industry for providing efficient eCommerce platforms and solutions. 


  • Magento: Magento offers open-source CMS platform for building eCommerce sites. It has a good community base and has free as well as paid services. You can also get it in the form of a hosted service. 


  • OSCommerce: OSCommerce is a robust CMS platform that provides tools for building self-hosted ecommerce site. It is flexible and does not need any heavy hosting features. It is a good platform for building your online store. 


CMS for building video/audio websites:

CMS for building video/audio websites

  • Muvi: You will find Muvi to be on the list of world’s top CMS platform providers in video/audio hosting industry. This globally acclaimed OTT platform provider has enough reason to be among the leaders in the industry. Developing both audio and video-centric platforms are super easy with Muvi, as it provides end-to-end streaming solutions. Features and customizations that it offers take care of all your streaming needs.  

Whether you own a company or want to create your personal brand, you can launch your white-labelled streaming platform instantly and effortlessly.


  • Dacast: Dacast is a renowned streaming platform provider that caters to live streaming and video hosting needs. It provides CMS for building audio/video websites both for professional and corporate requirements. 


  • Brightcove: Brightcove is a video CMS platform that offers VOD, live streaming, and other ancillary media technologies. With a good customer base, Brightcove is a recognized name in the media hosting and delivery industry. 


CMS for building eLearning websites:

CMS for building eLearning websites

  • Muvi: With its state-of-the-art architecture, Muvi provides a highly scalable and innovative white-labelled eLearning platform for your brand. You can find multiple choices for monetization and content bundling. Its eLearning platform facilitates interactive learning and can be used on mobile, tablet, or any other device. 


  • Moodle: Moodle is a renowned eLearning CMS platform provider. It offers eLearning softwares that are interactive and engaging for the users.


  • Canvas: With its cloud-based eLearning platform, Canvas has gained good recognition in the industry. You can have your eLearning platform designed for any device. 


So, here you are, with all these information about different types of Content Management Systems. Before making a choice regarding any CMS for your company, it is crucial that you check all its features and analyze if it meets your requirements. 

If want to have an audio/video platform, an eCommerce or eLearning website, or a  platform that integrates all of these in one, Muvi is the solution for you. 

Here, we provide highly customizable services with latest features that will serve all your business requirements.

Moreover, you get all of it completely white-labeled!

So, Sign up with Muvi and take 14 days Free Trial to experience the best features yourself!


Written by: Mousumi Rana

Mousumi is a Content Marketer for Muvi. She is passionate about writing corporate blogs, articles, case studies, and marketing collaterals. When not working, she loves to dance, gym, and explore new places.

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