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Entry Level CMS
Ed’s Corner.com has partnered with Entry Level Content Management System (EL CMS).
And, before you read any further, you might be interested to know that Ed’s Corner.com is an EL CMS.
What is EL CMS?
EL CMS is an OpenSource content management system with database & conventional website functionality.
EL CMS on its own is a basic no frills website, database driven application—but a very convenient platform from which to build a personal, organizational, corporate or business website. And in case you’re wondering, “no frills” basically means that the EL CMS application is not equipped with Blogging or user registration capabilities. It is an application that just allows a website owner to create, edit and delete their own content. That being said, EL CMS does offer matching WordPress Blog themes for those who want or need those additional capabilities. This will allow you to have your conventional website, database driven content and a Blog. And the best part is—your Blog will look just like your website.
EL CMS is a value that is virtually unmatched considering the multitude of products available on the web. If you need a website and the ability to edit your content on the fly (only needing Internet access), EL CMS is your answer. Don’t spend time tracking down your $75.00 an hour webmaster to make simple edits to your website…log on and do it yourself!
EL CMS is the most basic of PHP content management systems, but with a little designer leeway. It allows for static as well as dynamic content via primary or top level pages (static) and database driven (dynamic) pages.
Static pages are defined by the user and reflected in the primary navigation bar; for instance—Home, About Us, Contact Us, etc., via the links in the banner image area in the upper portion of the page. These are the pages that cannot be edited through the content management system which enables the designer or site owner to feel secure that the primary pages of the site will not be edited by mistake.
Invariably, this makes EL CMS a two-tier application—static and dynamic. EL CMS comes with a generic setup. All of the pages in the primary navigation bar can be changed to suit your needs and new pages can be added at any time.
Conversely, all of the dynamic content management is done by logging in to the application. This is the only way to edit the database. And to be clear, agian, no matter what you create, update or delete from any dynamic page, you are respectively creating, updating or deleting from the database.
Entry Level CMS features
Although Entry Level CMS is a simple PHP web application, it’s no wimp when it comes to what counts. Entry Level CMS has a clean, very easy to use interface, a login/logout system using $_SESSION COOKIES, the ability to add users, TinyMCE textarea editor (http://tinymce.moxiecode.com/), the ability to toggle the visibility of a category or page(s), the ability to change/rearrange categories or page(s), a contact form with CAPTCHA, honeypots and a security question to prevent WEBBOTS from inputting data, a site search upgrade kit and, of course, file uploading.
So, who is EL CMS for?
In a word—anybody. But, EL CMS is developed primarily for individuals or businesses who are accustom to creating HTML websites and are familiar with CSS, but also need an application with database utilization. And in addition, probably know nothing to very little of PHP—and almost certainly have zero interest in learning it.
PHP is not an easy server-side language to learn—in spite “PHP and MySQL for Dummies.” PHP is not just PHP. For a PHP application to "do anything substantial," it requires a database. So, that means you have to know how to create and implement a database. But a database is not just a database. In order for a database to be effective, it requires tables to be setup properly and relationships between tables to be configured properly as well.
So, in essence, you need to know how-to-two-things…did I say that right? But with EL CMS, you design your static pages any way you want, and login and keep the site's changing info up-to-date.