How to Develop CMS Based Websites?



In this simple guide, You’ll learn “How to Develop CMS Based Websites?” This guide is meant for those who haven’t enough knowledge about popular CMS platforms on the internet and how to use them easily. Do you already know about CMS? If not then don’t be afraid to hear it. I am here to help you out. You just need to be calm and read the whole article, I hope, this will help you easily developing a CMS based website for yourself and your clients.

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What’s a CMS?

According to Wikipedia:

“A content management system (CMS) is a computer application that supports the creation and modification of digital content using a common user interface and thus usually supporting multiple users working in a collaborative environment.”

There are many popular CMS on the internet to help you in specific situations such as creating blogs, creating online stores, making digital agency etc. Some of the CMS are listed below with detailed functionality, working in specific conditions & their development as well.

  • WordPress
  • Blogger
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • Magento
  • PrestaShop
  • Osclass

Now let’s jump into details for every single CMS mentioned above and explore them.

Pre-requirements to Develop CMS Based Websites, which are necessary before moving forward:

Domain Name: such as mydomain.com.

Hosting: to install CMS and create websites.

Cpanel: hosting includes cpanel to install and work better than FTP account.

Theme/Template: The Design for specific CMS called Theme or Template. You can find FREE or premium Designs on ThemeForest.net and other websites.

1# WordPress CMS:

By Wikipedia:

WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL installed on web server to create websites.

It was released first on May 27, 2003. Till 2015, over 60 million websites have been created with WordPress.

WP (WordPress) has changed the direction and dimension of dynamic web development. It made development process so easy, now a non-technical person can also create his/her blog, portfolio or digital agency within a few hours.

Purpose of Use:

I must say WordPress was basically made for blogging. But now it can be used to create any type of website such as an ecommerce store, video sharing portal and learning management system etc.

Process of Web Development via WordPress:

  • First of all install WordPress zip file (Download here) using cpanel provided by hosting company.
  • Go for any theme (Website Design for WordPress).
  • FREE Themes are available on WordPress.org.
  • You may find amazing premium themes. Let say ThemeForest is best place to find premium themes: Go to This Link http://themeforest.net/category/wordpress
  • Install your desired theme and read documentation to make your site same like the DEMO you see there.

Watch WordPress Tutorials in Urdu

2# Blogger CMS:

Wikipedia defined Blogger:

Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was developed by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003.

Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a sub-domains of blogspot.com. But Custom domain and hosting make it perfect. It’s a free service with limited access to the back end servers.

Purpose of Use:

As mentioned above blogger is used to create free BlogSpot blogs, but with custom domain and hosting it’s very effective. With Free Blogger Templates you have opportunity to develop any kind of websites.

Process of Web Development via Blogger:

  • Login to your blogger account via Gmail (must have).
  • Now you got Admin panel called Blogger Dashboard.
  • Here you can add custom domains and can create new blogs.
  • Install a template via template section and save changes.
  • Your live blog is now ready for you.

Watch Blogger Tutorials in Urdu

3# Joomla CMS:

What encyclopedia (Wikipedia) says about Joomla find out here:

Joomla is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) for publishing web content. It is built on a model–view–controller web application framework that can be used independently of the CMS.

Till February 2014, Joomla has been downloaded over 50 million times. It is estimated to be the 2nd most used CMS on the Internet, after WordPress.

Purpose of Use:

It is use to create multi-level controller web based applications. It enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. I can say, it is more secure than WordPress in terms of web security due to strong module controller.

Process of Web Development via Joomla:

  • Joomla is more technical than WordPress and blogger which we’ve covered earlier.
  • Basic process is simple as earlier in WP & blogger.
  • Installing template, customizing at desired level are some basics you need to know.
  • Give a try to search for basic tutorials on YouTube, Udemy, Lynda etc.

Watch Joomla Tutorials in Urdu

4# Drupal CMS:

Wiki biography of Drupal defines about it:

“Drupal is a free and open-source content-management framework written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License.”

Purpose of Use:

It is used as a back-end framework for any kind of website. Drupal covers at least 2.1% of all Web sites worldwide. There may be different kind of sites like Personal blogs, Corporate Sites, Political blogs and government sites. It is also used for E-learning management (educational sites) and business collaboration (Shipping Sites such as TCS).

Process of Corporate Solution via Drupal:

  • The process of web creation with Drupal is quite different from other CMS.
  • Here you need to set up Basic Drupal modules.
  • Installing theme is not a big deal.
  • Configure home page as well as sub-pages.
  • And then some customization to make it perfect.
  • You can check out full tutorial guide step by step on Siteground to this link: Drupal guide for you.

5# Magento CMS:

Magento bio on Wikipedia is:

“Magento is an open-source e-commerce platform written in PHP. The software was originally developed by Varien Inc., first general-availability release of the software on March 31, 2008. Later on soled to eBay.”

Purpose of Use:

Magento CMS is used to develop Online Shopping site, you can say eCommerce sites. You have heard about amazon, eBay, daraz.pk etc. you can make your own digital shopping store via magento.

Process of Shopping Solution via Magento:

  • As of shopping purpose, first of all you need to understand what actually is online shopping. If you know then move forward otherwise, first try to learn it.
  • After basic requirements i.e. products, shipping facilities, quality etc. Go for a free or premium Magento template.
  • Install it on your hosting and set the payment methods such as PayPal, Payoneer, bank transfer.
  • Check out magento tutorials on Siteground.
  • Learn magento via Tutorials Point.

6# PrestaShop CMS:

Wiki says about it:

“PrestaShop is a free, open source e-commerce solution. The software is published under the Open Software License (OSL). It is written in the PHP programming language with support for the MySQL database management system.”

Purpose of Use:

PrestaShop is currently used by 250,000 shops worldwide and is available in 60 different languages. So we can say it has a variety of support in different areas of the world. Now PrestaShop has become prominent E-commerce solution with its features.

Process of Shopping Solution via PrestaShop:

  • Being shopping solution in itself, PrestaShop made eCommerce easy for you.
  • Themes are available on the internet free and premium, just search it on Google.
  • You just need to add products, set payment methods and that’s it.
  • In language section you can set desired language too.
  • Check out PrestaShop 101 guide.
  • Find useful help on Siteground.

7# Osclass CMS:

According to softaculous.com:

“Osclass is Open Source CMS by which easily create your own classifieds website. It’s a free and open script to create your advertisement or listings site.”

Purpose of Use:

Creating classified website like OLX, Bolee etc. in this CMS job posting site may also create in a sense. So find Osclass here!

Process of Classified Solution via Osclass:

  • Osclass CMS has made classified website creation so easy.
  • Find Useful resources at this Link: Osclass guide!
  • Tips and tricks about osclass is here.

That’s it for now, this was all about How to Develop CMS Based Websites? I hope, it has solved you’re your problems for creating a CMS based website on any of the platforms mentioned in this post. If you still have questions or confusion then do let me know in the comments. Thank you!

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Abdul Wali is a Web Developer, SEO Consultant and Online Instructor working online for last 6 years on the internet and managing several successful websites. You can contact him via Email or follow him on Facebook. Also add him on .

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  • Zohaib Hassan

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  • wali bhai please tell me difference between hosting and domain?

  • Good post keep it up….

  • Excellent Tutorial Wali bhai.

  • really a unique knowledge about CMS. Thanks for sharing

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  • Anil Chaudhary

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  • Mohammad Fahim

    Thanks, i am fresh starter. I will start it from here.
    Isn’t it?