ERA404 empowers site owners to take greater control over their website with Content Management Systems.
More and more is ERA404 empowering new site owners and existing clients alike to take control over their website’s content. Websites built on Content Management Systems give site owners the ability to log in securely and add new content, edit existing copy and imagery, and engage with site visitors with much greater control over time-sensitivity.
What is CMS?
Most CMS are built on intuitive and recognizable rich-text editors, that operate very similarly to Microsoft Word or similar word-processing applications. Site owners (or administrators) are given access to securely view a “behind-the-scenes” dashboard for their site. Giving over these tools to site owners lets them harness the power of their own creativity, by removing the barrier between the traditional webmaster and the client themself. The frequency of edits, the volume of additional or topical content, and the thoroughness of revision are now entirely upto to the client. Dependency on a web designer or developer can be rendered altogether redundant following the deployment of a fully CMS-enabled website. With CMS, immediate control is freedom.
Because of the contributive nature of open-source CMS, paired with useability standards for clean, strong, fluid organization of information from managed-site to managed-site, you’ll find that there’s greater and greater versatility, from custom templating to aesthetic and functionally extensive plugins, to administrative tools. Selecting which CMS is right for your site depends on your unique needs, and ERA404 engagement managers will work with you and your creative team, to help determine optimal performance with your CMS. Most of the steps of a CMS-enabled website’s strategic design, visual design and encoding are very similar to traditional site construction, so the process itself intuitive and adaptable, and training is always included.
All account and content administration is completed through intuitive Web interfaces, so users never need to access databases (where site content is stored) directly or have prior programming experience. Administrative control over site content is comprehensive, giving site owners both broad-spectrum rewriting and contributing features, as well as more acute or specialized options, for fine-tuning. On the front end, many content management systems are packaged with commenting and social networking features, for a friendly, recognizable interface.
WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and publishing platform powered by PHP and MySQL. It is often customized into a content management system (CMS). It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by over 14.7% of Alexa Internet’s “top 1 million” websites and as of August 2011 powers 22% of all new websites. WordPress is currently the most popular CMS in use on the Internet. As of February 2011, version 3.0 had been downloaded over 32.5 million times.
WordPress users may install and switch between themes, which allow users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website or installation without altering the informational content. Themes may be installed by using the WordPress “Dashboard” administration tool, cPanel or uploading theme folders via FTP. The PHP and HTML code in themes can also be edited for more advanced customizations.
One very popular feature of WordPress is its rich plugin architecture which allows users and developers to extend its functionality beyond the features that come as part of the base install. WordPress has a database of over 17,000 plugins with purposes ranging from SEO to adding widgets. Widgets offer users drag-and-drop sidebar content placement and implementation of many plugins’ extended capabilities. Users can rearrange widgets without editing PHP or HTML code.
More information about WordPress can be found, here.
In an information-driven economy, efficiently capturing, creating and managing information is not only vital but critical to the success of your business. And while information is at the core of your business, how the information is leveraged goes to the core of your competitive advantage.
With a number of Open source & commercial off-the-shelf CMS solutions out there (including WordPress and Drupal, above), the choice becomes rather difficult. Nevertheless, would you rather prefer a CMS that fits your business workflow or the other way round?
ERA404 works with you to understand your unique business requirements and deliver a solution that matches your needs. Our solutions have ranged from a simple website with a few dozen pages to large corporate CMS websites with tens of thousands of pages with thousands of megabytes of data designed within custom workflows. Learn more…
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