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CMS 101: Basic Foundations

At a high-level view there are two general components of the CMS service, the Templates and the CMS. It's important to have a good understanding of these components from the beginning so that the pieces fit together nicely when you start managing a site.


Thumbnail of standard page.

The templates are the design and layout of your public-facing site; think of this as the front-end or the final product presented to your website visitors.

Tour the templates


Thumbnails of CMS interface.

The CMS software is used to build your website within the templates; think of this as the back-end or the behind the scenes.

Explore the CMS