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Using Magento as a Content Management System

April 12, 2015

Magento content management system, we all know is a well known eCommerce platform recommended by almost 80% of online business owners. It’s really nice thing if such popular platform is used as a Content Management System.

Now, what this content management system is? It’s one of the important characteristics that help to boost your customer’s online experience. Magento already has a default CMS functionality however it lacks proper flexibility.

And this enforces people to use third party content management systems such as Joomla or WordPress along with Magento. So, the question is how to make most use of Magento’s Content Management System so as to avoid any integration of other third party CMS?

Making most of Magento Content Management System:

  • CMS Pages: These are the pages used apart from Product pages. These can be either simple text pages like as terms, conditions, privacy policy as well as other heavy media pages. When a CMS page is developed within Magento, it will have WYSIWYG editor which is used to add text to the pages.Here, one can add text, CMS blocks, Widgets, images and any other media without any need of coding or HTML knowledge. Magento provides an option to select a particular layout for design and templates. Apart from this, CMS pages will also help to fix the URL path and then add meta data for the required SEO benefits.
  • CMS blocks: Like Pages, CMS blocks are also inserted inside a CMS page or product and these are not accessible individually. These can also be added in any CMS widget. Like CMS pages, here also WYSIWYG box is available.However, the variation is these blocks can be added to multiple pages. Let’s say a CMS block can be developed to showcase separate shipping charges for national as well as international locations and this can then be placed on the right side of all the pages of the website making it easier for managers to administer the site.
  • CMS Widgets: The perfect place that can be helpful to you to be smart with the Page content. The main use of CMS widgets is to add various different elements in different formats in CMS content.This can include addition of images, logos, maps, nearby locations, top sellers and more. These widgets can be placed anywhere either in CMS pages, CMS blocks which will then be displayed on the website.
  • Modified Modules: Sometimes the given options in Magento don’t match your needs and still you are in need of a CMS, modified modules play their role here. This means with the use of custom modules you can be able to get the same CMS experience as that with the fixed ones by just tweaking them a little bit.One can easily alter custom based modules as per the need where you have can complete control over the content as well as your eCommerce Platform. It then becomes easy to maintain and update the content as and when needed.

Wind Up

With these above mentioned features, we are sure you can make most use of Magento  Magento content management system. However, if these features still failed to meet your needs then various other Magento extensions are also available that can suit your eCommerce store in a perfect manner and that too at an affordable cost.

Hence, you can easily widen the store functionalities as much as you can with the additional extensions available. But make sure, you learn to use them in a perfect manner or it can lead to bad user experience.

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Hari Patel

I am the Managing Director of Softqube Technologies Pvt. Ltd., a modern-day digital transformation, design and development service provider. We provide services to businesses of all verticals across the globe. I believe and live by a mission that I help more entrepreneurs to build, launch and grow profitable businesses.

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