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Maintaining Design Integrity in a CMS with Smart Implementation Techniques


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Handing off a website to content managers can often be scary for website developers. The users of content management systems are notorious for killing elegant designs. This presentation will review a number of techniques available in DotNetNuke to keep your website looking good while still distributing content management responsibilities. Topics for this presentation include: creating end-user style sheets, locking down the rich text editor, skin and container development techniques to prescribe design, and the importance of training your customers on the basics of web site management.

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Maintaining Design Integrity in a CMS with Smart Implementation Techniques

  1. 1. Maintaining Design Integrity in a CMSSmart Implementation Techniques (10/2/2010 @1:30pm)<br />Patrick Renner, Engage<br />
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  3. 3. Ego Trip<br />Patrick Renner<br />Project Manager @ Engage<br />Book Author<br /><br />314-884-2435<br />
  4. 4. A Practical Approach to DNN<br />Topics: content strategy | designing content management and not just installing a system | extensibility isn’t just features | approach and practical implementation | avoiding features glut<br />
  5. 5. Design Complexity / Flexibility<br />Topics: a balancing act | designs aren’t limited by a CMS | everything isn’t managed content<br />
  6. 6. Content Gardening<br />Topics: trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, fresh-cut flowers | how much TLC does each require?<br />
  7. 7. Content as Task (not a feature)<br />Topics: evaluating pane layouts | approach content as a task and the install in ways to alleviate this burden<br />
  8. 8. Be Prescriptive<br />Topics: Provide legends throughout your pages | provide content templates | name modules for what they should do<br />
  9. 9. Cut the Clutter<br />Topics: modules list | usability settings | clearing out the Rich Text Editor’s Toolbar<br />
  10. 10. WYSIWYG<br />Topics: Providing code snippets and a tailored set of paragraph blocks<br />
  11. 11. Meaningful Organization<br />Topics: Naming conventions for the file system | <br />Name of your panes meaningfully<br />
  12. 12. Writing for the Web<br />Topics: Training and handoff | <br />
  13. 13. Contributors need Tour Guides<br />Topics: Provide a style guide<br />
  14. 14. Skinning<br />Topics: Default panes, administrative menus<br />
  15. 15. Ego Trip<br />Patrick Renner<br />Project Manager @ Engage<br />Book Author<br /><br />314-884-2435<br />