So I’ve said that that WordPress isn’t a Content Management System (CMS). My point was more than semantics as it isn’t a Web CMS (WCMS) either. That said, I have never said that WordPress is anything but a great tool.
So the question remains, if WordPress isn’t a WCMS, what is it? Maybe we need a new term….how about “Website Management System”?
So let’s look back in time. When WCMS started in the late 90s, all the systems were clearly in the CMS camp. Over time, new ways of solving the website management issue came about. After all, not everyone needs full-blown WCMS when a simpler blogging tool would suffice.
So when people started using these more streamlined tools to stand-up websites, the tools were quickly tagged with the CMS label. This was hasty and incorrect, but it was understandable. For many, the sole purpose of a CMS was to publish information to the web. This is incorrect, but we in the ECM side of the house ignored the situation, so it happened.