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Advantages of Drupal

Drupal is an open source and free CMS, mostly used in larger enterprises. Written in PHP, Drupal CMS gives users the leeway to manage, publish, and update unlimited number of content on their websites. Drupal is one of the most popular Content Management Systems with very strong social web amenities. It blends all web social multimedia publishing facilities and this is the striking feature of Drupal, which makes it unique from other CMSs. Drupal can be used to make many types of websites, such as personal blog, corporate websites, Social Networking sites, forums, and community websites. This huge range gives a flight to its popularity. If you compare Drupal with any other CMS, you will find that it surpasses the rest with its unique and wide range of features and facilities.

The advantages of Drupal are mentioned below:

Drupal is easy to use:You don’t need to know a web designer’s job in order to use Drupal for uploading and managing your web content. There is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor in Drupal, namely TinyMCE, which makes the whole task easier for you. Working on its editor is as easy as working on MS Word.

It’s free:Drupal is an open source and free CMS. You don’t have to bear the monetary burdens of registering with the software or development charges, when it comes to Drupal Content Management System.

It’s open:Drupal is open for modifications. If you know PHP, you can mold the existing modules according to your need or simply can create your own add-on to increase its usability.

It’s secure:You can rely on Drupal not only in managing you web content, but also in providing enough security to your website. It is constantly supported by extensive community of developers (since, it is an open source), therefore, the software is being updated and improved every day.

Drupal search engine friendliness: Drupal developers tried very hard to make it search engine friendly. They have used Apache’s mod-rewrite feature in order to customize URLs. You can configure user-friendly URLs for better search engine optimization.

Extendible features of Drupal:Since it is an open source CMS, you can create a number of add-ons to extent its features. For example, you can add additional features such as calendar, forum etc. by extending and modifying Drupal modules.

Cost-effectiveness of Drupal:Drupal is a cheaper web content management solution that can build huge and complex websites with more efficiency and less time. The scope and functionalists that Drupal offers is no less wide than a commercial CMS, yet it charges you with no license fees. You can use your Drupal website for various purposes from processing your credit card to making online reservations.

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Which CMS is best for your website?

With thousands of content management systems (CMS) to choose from it can be difficult to decide which platform is best suited for your website. The industry is awash with open source systems, payment systems, subscriptions and custom systems offered by web companies. These   CMS has parallel and unique functionalities and capabilities.

A brief summary of the most popular versatile and efficient CMS Solutions

WordPress

WordPress is one of the most popular CMS and blogging platforms, WordPress is an open source system with a focus on web standards, usability and aesthetics. This platform offers thousands of widgets and plugins, ideal for small and medium in all sectors.

Ideal for: Small to medium businesses seeking an easy-to-use Content Management System with a versatile blogging platform.

Joomla

As an open source platform, Joomla is an award winning CMS (Content Management) with a user-friendly interface and a wide range of optional modules. With Joomla, the site has to offer optional features such as surveys, search bars, banner ads, management of language and more.

Drupal

Another free and open source system, Drupal has a reputation in the industry to offer a robust and flexible solution. Constantly improved by thousands of developers around the world, Drupal allows mixed-use development sites, with thousands of additional modules.

Ideal for: personal sites, blogs, for small and medium

There are many other CMS on the market. Talk to your website designer or website developer to find the best solution for your needs.

Ten Things to Think About When Choosing a Content Management System

Choosing a content management system can be tricky. Without a clearly defined set of requirements, you will be seduced by fancy functionality that you will never use. What then should you look for in a CMS?

When looking at a content management system, consider what features you should look for.

When selecting a content management system, without a clearly defined set of requirements, you will be seduced by fancy functionality that you will never use. Before you know it, you’ll be buying an enterprise-level system for tens of thousands of dollars when a free blogging tool would have done the job. In order to correctly determine what you need for your site, you need a list of requirements.

How then do you establish your list of requirements? Although your circumstances will vary, here are ten things that are particularly important.

1. Core functionality : When most people think of content management, they think of creating, deleting, editing and organizing pages. They assume all content management systems do this and so take that functionality for granted. However, that is not necessarily the case. Nor is there any guarantee that such functionality will be presented in an intuitive way.

Not all blogging platforms, for example, allow the owner to manage and organize pages in a tree hierarchy. Instead, individual “posts” are automatically organized by such criteria as date and category. In some cases, this is perfectly adequate. In fact, this limitation in functionality keeps the interface simple and easy to understand. However, in other circumstances, the limitation can be frustrating.

Consider carefully the basic functionality you need. Even if you do not require the ability to structure and organize pages now, you may in future. Be wary of any system that does not allow you to complete these core tasks.

Also ask yourself how easy it is to complete these tasks. There are literally thousands of content management systems on the market, the majority of which offer this core functionality. However, they vary hugely in usability. Always test the system for usability before making a purchase. Most of the best systems have an online demo for you to try out. If all else fails, try on YouTube.

2. The editor : The editor is one core feature worth particular attention. The majority of content management systems have a WYSIWYG editor. WYSIWYS stands for “What you see is what you get“. These editors usually have a similar appearance to Word pad or Word. Strangely, this editor is often ill-conceived, despite the fact that it is the most used feature within the system.

The editor is the tool through which content is added and edited. Traditionally, it has also allowed the content provider to apply basic formatting, such as font and color. However, developers have recently moved away from this type of editor to something that reflects best practice.

The danger of traditional WYSIWYG editors is two-fold. First, content providers are given too much control over the design. They are able to customize the appearance of a page so much that they undermine the consistency of the design and branding. Secondly, in order to achieve this level of design control, the CMS mixes design and content.

The new generation of editors takes a different approach. Content providers use the editor to mark up headings, lists, links and other elements, without specifying how they should appear.

Ensure your list of requirements includes an editor designed on this principle and that does not give content providers control over the appearance. At the very least, look for content management systems that allow the editor to be replaced with a more appropriate solution.

The editor should also be able to handle external assets, including images and downloadable files. That brings us to our next point: management of these assets. 2 decent editors that have been used by Happy Dog Web Productions are JCE editor and FCK editor.

3. Managing assets : Management of images and files is badly handled in some CMS’. Badly designed systems can frustrate users with poor accessibility and usability. Images in particular can cause problems. Ensure that the content management system you select forces content providers to add attributes to images. You may also want a CMS that provides basic image editing tools, such as cropping, resizing and rotating. However, finding one that does this can be a challenge.

Also, consider how the content management system deals with uploading and attaching PDFs, Word documents and other files. How are they displayed to end users? Can descriptions be attached to the files, and is the search function capable of indexing them?

4. Search :Search is an important aspect of any website. Approximately half of all users start with search when looking for content. However, the search functionality in content management systems is often inadequate.

Here are a few things to look for when assessing search functionality:

  • Freshness: how often does the search engine index your website? This is especially important if your website changes regularly.
  • Thoroughness: does it index the entire content of each page? What about attached files, such as PDFs and Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents?
  • Speed: some search engines can take ages to return results. This is especially common on large websites.
  • Scope: can you limit the scope of the search function to a particular section of the website or refine search results once returned?
  • Ranking: how does the search engine determine the ranking of results? Can this be customized by either the website owner or user?
  • Customization: can you control how results are displayed and customize the design?

The issue of customization, of course, goes far beyond search.

5. Customization : I have had the misfortune of working with content management systems that are completely inflexible in their presentation.

Your content’s presentation should not be dictated by technology. It is simply not necessary now that we have techniques to separate design and content. Unfortunately, like some Web designers, many CMS developers have not adopted best practices and have created systems that produce horrendous code. This puts unreasonable constraints on the design and seriously impacts accessibility.

You need a content management system that allows flexibility in the way content is retrieved and presented. For example, can you retrieve news stories in reverse chronological order? Can you display events in a calendar? Is it possible to extract the most recent user comments and display them on the home page? Flexibility makes a CMS stand out.

Speaking of user comments, all forms of user interaction are worth mentioning.

6. User interaction : If you intend to gather user feedback, your CMS must provide that functionality or allow a third-party plug-in to provide it. Equally, if you want to host a community on your website, then you will require functionality such as chat, forums, comments and ratings.

At a minimum, you will need to be able to post forms and collect responses. How easy does the CMS make this process? Can you customize fields or does that require technical expertise? What about the results? Can you specify who they are emailed to? Can they be written to a database or outputted as an Excel document? Consider the kind of functionality you need and look for a CMS that supports it.

Also ask what tools exist for communicating with customers. Can you send email newsletters? Can recipients be organized into groups that receive different mailings? What about news feeds and RSS?

Finally, consider how you want to manage users. Do you need to be able to reset passwords, set permissions or export user information to other systems?

But user permissions are not the only things that need managing. You should also consider permissions for those editing the website.

7. Roles and permissions : As the number of content providers on your website increases, you will want more control over who can edit what. For example, one group may need to be able to post job advertisements but not add content to the home page. This requires a content management system that supports permissions. Although implementation varies, permissions normally allow you to specify whether users can edit certain pages or even entire sections of the website.

As the number of contributors grows still further, you may require one person to be able to review content being posted to ensure accuracy and consistency in tone. Alternatively, content may be inputted by a junior staff member who requires the approval of a more senior person before making it live.

In both cases, you’ll need a CMS that supports multiple roles. This can be as simple as having one “Editor” and one “Approver” role, or more complex with customized roles and different levels of permission.

Finally, enterprise-level content management systems support entire workflows in which page updates have to go through a series of checkpoints before going live. These complex scenarios require the ability to roll back pages to previous versions.

8. Version : Being able to revert to a previous version of a page allows you to quickly recover if something is posted by accident.

Some content management systems have complex versioning functionality that allows you to roll back to a specific date. However, in most cases, this is overkill. The most common use of versioning is simply reverting to the last saved state.

Although this sounds like an indispensable feature, in my experience it is rarely used expect in complex workflow situations. That said, although versioning was once a enterprise-level tool, it is becoming available in more and more content management systems.

The same can be said of of multi-website support.

9. Multiple website support : With more content management systems allowing you to run multiple websites from the same installation, it is possible you may use this feature.

Although you may not currently need to be able to manage more than a single website, that could change. You may decide to launch a new website to target a narrower audience.

And with the growth of the mobile Web, you may want to create a separate website especially for mobile devices. Whatever the reason, having the flexibility to run multiple websites is important.

Another feature you might not require immediately but may in future is multilingual support.

10. Multilingual support : It is easy to dismiss support for multiple languages. Your website may specifically target the domestic market, or you may sell a language-specific product. But think twice before dismissing this functionality.

Even if your product is language-specific, that could change. It is important that your CMS be able to grow with your business and evolving requirements.

Also, just because you are targeting the domestic market doesn’t mean you can ignore the issue of language. We live in a multicultural society in which numerous languages are spoken. Being able to accommodate these differences gives you a significant edge over the competition.

That said, do think through the ramifications first. Having the ability to add multiple languages doesn’t mean you have the content for them. Too many of my clients have insisted on multilingual support and yet never used it because they neglected to consider how they were going to get their content translated or pay for it.

Conclusion
Consideration of features is an important part of the process of selecting a CMS, but it is not everything. It is also important to consider issues such as licensing, support, accessibility, security, training and much more.

I leave you with a word of warning: don’t let your list of requirements become a wish list. Keep your requirements to a minimum, but at the same time keep an eye on the future. It’s a fine line to walk. On the one hand, you don’t want to pay for functionality you will never use. On the other, you don’t want to be stuck with a content management system that no longer meets your needs.

Approaching Content Mangement Systems

A content management system (CMS) is an excellent platform for your corporate website.  A solid CMS will manage your databases and content as well as give your site the stability and structure that search engines and web searchers love.  Plus, you are much more likely to get a very high quality and functional website out of the box as opposed to pouring money into building all the pieces of the site yourself.

Lots of different types of content are managed in a CMS – you’ll find corporate websites, news sites, blogs, and combinations of all of the above.  Some higher-end content management systems can even come with integrated document and web portal management. If you’re researching available content management systems, you may find yourself overwhelmed with choices. Big players like Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, and DotNetNuke abound for small businesses, while Ektron, Sitefinity, Sitecore, FatWire, and others match well with larger organization.   So which one is right for you?

Before you can approach this question, ask yourself if you do, in fact, need a CMS. The answer is often a qualified, “yes.”  Unless you are one of the rare sites with just a few pages of content that will rarely require any edits, you’ll need the power and functionality of a CMS on your side.  Do you need to quickly create, edit, or take down content for your website?  Do you need full functionality like database management, content management, life cycle management, template management management all rolled into one easy-to-use package?  If you answered yes, you need to start researching the different CMS platforms with an eye towards finding the right fit in terms of functionality and budget. What are you waiting for? Get started building a more efficient and streamlined web presence today.

Importance of Content Management Services For Web Development

English: Weighting in PAUX ("Personal Aux...

Website owners, irrespective of their business domain, often come across a problem of updating content in a systematic manner. Content management services are an answer to these problems. A CMS allows organizations to easily maintain and organize the data by providing a structured view of the resources. As an organization needs a regular update of its contents, there is always a necessity of a proper CMS provider. In simple terms, the content management system is a collection of procedures in which data can be nearly anything. It helps to simplify the management and publication of HTML content, like documents, images and other necessary things that is required for the website. The system refers to the programs on the web server, or to the hardware devices that is used for the facilitation of documents on a large network.

The need for such services is growing rapidly all over the globe due to the various benefits that they render, and to expand domestic business in the global market. Online business is becoming the latest trend for any small and medium scale organizations. To establish their business and capture the international market, small scale business organizations have started investing in the content management services to develop hi-end web applications. The content management service providers include special strategies, methods and tools for storing, compiling and preserving an organization’s important documents, unstructured data, paper documents and other content in an efficient manner.

The content management services are open source software which is useful to manage the content of the dynamic websites including, creating, storing, publishing and maintaining the websites. Cost is definitely a major factor. Business organizations which have low budget and are unable to hire these services, can easily update the web pages themselves. They need not hire a web developer every time a new content has to be updated online. For this a good management system has to implemented, which is not intuitive and requires much less training for its usage. This will help an individual who is not highly technical in terms of web technologies to put up new contents on the website.

As these small scale business firms have limited cash resource, there are a lot of price factors that they need to consider which can match up to the content management service requirements. It is also implied that you get what you pay for. In cases where an individual is unable to tackle issues that refer to the web standards, it is good to find a professional who can help to choose the right services that strictly adheres to such standards. Losing a chunk of audience is unacceptable. So updating regularly and fixing any bug problem is what these services are all about.

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