There are a lot of different types of CMSs out there. When building a website, in a lot of cases, deciding which type of CMS comes down to what functionality the site needs and the comfort level you have with web development. In this video, see the main differences between hosted and non-hosted (open source) CMSs.
- [Instructor] In the beginning, I talked about hosted versus non-hosted CMS or content management systems. I want to go through what that means, because in this course, we're focusing on hosted, but let's talk about the difference. Non-hosted CMS, and, you can call this a traditional CMS, an open-source, CMS, there's a lot of different ways to describe this. These are tools like WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal, the list goes on and on and on, and there are enterprise versions of these, there are simpler versions of these.
Most of these, all of these, as a matter of fact, require you to have a host, a GoDaddy.com, a Bluehost, a 1and1, et cetera. You have to do a lot of the heavy lifting, okay? You need to install the CMS, let's say WordPress, for example, on the host. So, if I get a hosting account from bluehost.com, I install WordPress on my hosting account, I am then responsible for getting it to work, getting everything to happen, et cetera. Granted, a lot of these hosts, GoDaddy, Bluehost, the bigger ones, will have a one-click install, so where you can install like WordPress or Drupal, et cetera, but it's up to you after that point, okay? You're going to go in, you're going to say, okay, that's installed, that's great.
Now what do I do? If something goes wrong, it's up to you. So that's a non-hosted or traditional open-source CMS. It's basically a folder of stuff that you have to then go out in the world and make something of. A hosted CMS, things like SquareSpace, Webflow, Wix, Shopify, et cetera, there's so many out there that it makes your head spin. These are sort of like one-stop shops. You actually will sign up with them, and they usually have different membership levels you can purchase.
But they include hosting, so it's all done. You sign up, you get login information, and you go to town. Some of them will let you create one website, some of them will let you create a whole bunch of websites using the same account, but you don't have to worry about hosting, you don't have to worry about whether stuff works. In most cases, you don't have to worry about templates or community, or different things like that. You're not left alone. You're not just, here's a folder of stuff, go do, okay? You definitely have more options as far as being helped along in the process.
And they also specific support, usually, for the CMS that they're selling, quote, unquote. I'll put that in quotes. So the CMS, like, let's say a Webflow, there's tons of help, tons of help docs, tons of help from Webflow, et cetera. These are the differences between hosted and non-hosted CMS. And I just want to also give you a visual. So let me take you out. I'm going to go to the browser and give you an idea. So, I'm in my browser. You do not have to go to these websites if you don't want to. This is wordpress.org.
If you decide to use, say, an open-source CMS like a WordPress, a Drupal, a Joomla!, et cetera, you're going to see that if you go to that site, that specific site, like a wordpress.org, they're saying, okay, download it. They're going to give you a zip file or a folder, and say here is the CMS in a folder, go do something with it, okay? So, I have to then go get hosting if I decide to download this. I go get hosting, I get Bluehost, GoDaddy, tons of hosts out there support these.
A lot of these hosts actually have one-click installs as well for WordPress, for Drupal, et cetera, but, once again, you are kind of on your own. And a lot of these hosts will actually say that, for these types of CMS's, open-source, they really don't offer specific support for that type of CMS. So, we have to get also a domain name, and usually like a Bluehost or GoDaddy, you can buy one there too. But there's a lot of things that are left up to us. If you go for a hosted CMS. I'm going to take a look at a couple here.
There's a million. I know some of you are going to say, "Well, I use X, Wix, whatever." That's great, but a lot of them are very similar. You're going to see SquareSpace, for instance. If I go in here, I can get started. And if I click Get Started, what we do is we pay, per month usually, it includes hosting, sometimes it includes a unique domain name, sometimes you got to buy that separately. A lot of times it includes templates, but it takes you through a process, and says, "Oh, okay, you want to create a website. "Let's start with this." Then let's go to that. A lot of this is there for you to work with.
Webflow also, if I go to Webflow, you're going to see, same type of thing. I'm going to say, okay, let's try it for free. Let's jump in. So it's going to ask you to login. I've already logged in here, you can see. We go to a dashboard, we go to an area out in the web. We can access a lot of times from our mobile devices as well. We then go in and we say, "Alright, let's create a website." It takes us through a process. It says, "Okay, start with a template," for instance. Some of these, you're going to find the hosted versions are going to have templates built in. Some of them are going to have a few, maybe, and then paid templates, it really depends.
But, a lot of these hosted CMS will walk you through the process and have a lot of this dialed in already. They'll have it set up for you, which is one of the reasons why so many of us use them. They're powerful, they can be, anyway, and they've got a great ecosystem, they've got a lot of stuff going on, a lot of ways for us to create what we need to create as far as a website is concerned. So these are the really big differences between hosted and non-hosted or open-source CMS.
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