An Online Guide To Mambo CMS
What is Mambo CMS?
Mambo CMS is, as the name might suggest, a Content Management System for websites. Simply put, this means that Mambo provides an easy way for people who do not have coding or programming experience to construct their own websites. It is an open source project, with the codebase for the software being protected by the Mambo Foundation. It has been in existence for over 8 years and has been downloaded over 7 million times, with its simple, web browser based CMS proving popular with both new and experienced users.
Mambo CMS Hosting
Mambo CMS does not host websites itself, and in order to install it, users require a domain name from a web hosting organisation. While there are a number of 'free' domain hosts to be found on the Internet, as might be expected there is often a catch to such deals. Whether having to put up with a large banner advert from your host in the middle of your website, or being locked into fixed contract deals with expensive upgrade options, 'free' is normally not quite what it seems. It is usually better to find one of the many reputable webhosting companies, whose prices normally range from £2 to £7 for the beginning user. For this price you will be provided with significant storage capacity, free email, and support from qualified programmers. Importantly, you should make sure to find a webhost which specialises in Mambo, as they will be able to automatically install the software for you with no fuss.
Mambo CMS Templates
As with other open source content management systems, Mambo's developer community provides access to a whole host of different templates with which to customise your website. Many of these are entirely free, and it is possible to enhance the appearance of your site in almost any way you desire. A little bit of customisation can go a long way in making your online offer stand out from the rest.
Mambo CMS offers a long list of extensions to the 'core' functions of your website - from e-commerce applications, to email lists, to online calendars and maps. Most of these are available for free at the Mambo Extensions directory, although the top-end commercial applications are often available for a fee. Helpfully, Mambo CMS shares much of its code and functionality with the popular Joomla! CMS, and extensions which work in Mambo will often also transfer over to Joomla, offering further flexibility to the user. Mambo's intuitive web-browser interface make it simple to drop any extensions you have downloaded into your website, allowing you to change functionality at a moment's notice.
Uses for Mambo CMS
While fewer large Internet sites use Mambo CMS than its major competitors (WordPress and Joomla, for example), it is nonetheless widespread throughout the small to medium enterprise sector of the web. It is perfectly suited to supporting community websites, independent retailers who would like an e-commerce presence but cannot afford to construct their own websites from scratch, and anyone who wants access to an open source community which is constantly generating new extensions and functionality.