CMS Blog Post

14 January 2019

Usually, when time passes, technology becomes more advanced and replaces the prior version of itself with something more significant; however, that does not appear to be the case for Content Management Systems. Content Management Systems are responsible for controlling the websites content as well as managing that content. There are a multitude of CMSs around today, but only three legacy systems remain on the top. Those systems being WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal because they are in possession of a vast majority of websites and their content. WordPress ranks at the top with 59.9 % of market share for CMS, as well as powering 32.8% of the sites found on the internet. ( cite)

Before CMS had been introduced to the world of web, websites were static and would later be uploaded to an FTP server. Sometime afterward in the  2000s, content management systems were given life, and they began transforming the web into something that had never been done before. It birthed this new dynamic side of website design that was not possible due to the hassle of managing content. (Dave Cameron). It was the merging of both frontend and backend to make an overall more simple process for those who are working outside of CMS development. It had made it so anyone could manage the systems and work with them, not just the professionals with the explicit knowledge of that system. It was perhaps the attribute that would lead to the downfall of CMS.

 Currently, CMS is not thriving as much as it once was and that’s partly to blame to the way that content management systems were set up. It was too complicated of a platform to continue to adapt to modern platforms and channels frequently utilized in today’s society. While CMS was built to work with mobile devices such as Blackberries, the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 would be the device to create a world of complications regarding the management system. The iPhone was the first smart device and the web pages used would not follow that of the standard pages that would load on a Blackberry (Prasad, 2018). The introduction of new web requirements would be the first major flatlining of CMS, aside from the many buyouts of various systems.

As far as the CMS’ future goes, it does not look all that bright. The future is in the mobile world right now, even if it is mainly due to the easy access to the web and all that it has to offer. Margaret Kelsey, an ex-program designer at InVision, explains that “it’s difficult to add new channels like mobile apps and microsites without duplicating your content.” (Kelsey, 2015). Outside of this, the actual systems themselves are negatively aging as the months’ pass. Even if the community of WordPress continues to build plugins to keep the platform alive and well, It’s best to let it burn (Andersen, 2016). This is not to say there’s no hope left, rather that a new opportunity will be known with Calypso. Calypso takes the flaws of CMS & WordPress and allows them new life with less hassle and less control. There are instances where the future of technology is going to take over regardless, so it is best to embrace it with open arms.
Works Cited

Margaret Kelsey, https://www.invisionapp.com/inside-design/the-future-of-the-cms/

Matt, https://ma.tt/2015/11/dance-to-calypso/

Ashutosh Prasad, https://www.valuebound.com/resources/blog/content-management-system-past-present-and-future

Wilhelm Joys Andersen, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwC1HSs0C68

CMS 2018, http://www.cmsreview.com/history.html

W3techs2018,  https://w3techs.com/technologies/overview/content_management/all/