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Web CMS History

History of Content Management systems


In 1999 web sites were just coming of age and users were able to read relevant news content on web sites. The most applauded feature was that anyone could post an article in one of several "centers" or sections of the site that related to a specific area of information.


In December 2000, sites were being redesigned  to a "skinnable" allowing different colors for each site section, and CSS used for visual design elements. Site layout was still done in tables.  "Centers" were renamed, more intuitively, "Categories."

Adrian "aardvark" Roselli wrote in-depth about processes and concepts behind w.e.o 1.0 and 2.0 designs in the book Usability: The Site Speaks For Itself (glasshaus, 2002. Holzschlag and Lawson, Ed.).


Public domain programs popped-up, now CMS like,  MySQL/Drupal , systems could now be done by anyone.


Originally many content management systems were built in Cold Fusion over an Access database running on Window NT; later were migrated to Linux/Oracle/Cold Fusion, or then to Win2k/MSSQL/Cold Fusion. The CMS engines were developed and maintained by coders in different parts of the world, with the occasional community-building "code-fests."


You’ve probably heard of popular content management systems such as Drupal, WordPress, Movable Type, Joomla!, E107 and Textpattern, but if you want to try a platform that’s a little less main stream – check out these excellent alternatives. 

 10 Promising Content Management Systems