The 2013 Content Management System Report Card-Idealware

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With the growth of social media, Web 2.0, and mobile devices, people are using websites in ways (and locations) like they never have before. How have the systems we use to create websites kept up? Based on the new Idealware report, a Consumers Guide to Nonprofit Content Management Systems, learn what 11 of the most popular open-source and proprietary CMSs have done to address the demands of today’s Internet: who passed, and who failed?

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The 2013 Content Management System Report Card-Idealware

  1. 1. The 2013 ContentManagement SystemReport Card#13NTCcmsKyle AndreiLaura Quinn
  2. 2. Introductions: www.idealware.org
  3. 3. What Does a Content Management System Do?
  4. 4. What is a CMS, Anyway?
  5. 5. There’s Two Models of WebsitesStatic Pages Update with HTML, DreamWeaver, etc
  6. 6. Database Backed CMS
  7. 7. CMSs Let You Update TextWordPress Almost all have a “WYSIWYG” editor
  8. 8. CMSs Let You Update Photos Squarespace
  9. 9. Define the Look and Feel of a Site
  10. 10. Create PagesJoomla They’ll let you add new pages and place them in the website
  11. 11. Create Content ObjectsLuminate (formerly Convio)
  12. 12. No CMS Can Build Your Site For You!It can’t:• Design a site that is useful to your visitors• Ensure a functional and usable site• Make sure the site enhances your brand• Write your text and take your pictures• Provide timely content updates Only a human can do those things!
  13. 13. But Not All CMSs are Created Equal
  14. 14. What Should You Be Evaluating For?
  15. 15. Ease of Setup • Do you need to setup your website yourself? • Can you use an existing graphic design? • Can you understand how to structure a site in a reasonable amount of time?
  16. 16. Power and Flexibility Do you need to support: • a complicated site structure? • a complicated work flow? • A multi-language site? • A multi-site structure? If you don’t know what these mean… this probably doesn’t apply to you!
  17. 17. Integrating with Constituent Data• Can the system integrate at with your current constituent database– out-of-the box? With some work?• Or is it worth switching constituent system to have an integrated solution?
  18. 18. Cost
  19. 19. Extensibility• Can you get add-ons to do what you need?• Can you create custom structures in the system?• Can you adapt the code to do anything you want?
  20. 20. Support for the System • Who is in charge of system development? • Where can you go for help? • How likely is it to be around down the road?
  21. 21. Open Source vs. Proprietary?It’s not a simplequestion. Eachsystem has adifferent profile onthe criteria oftenassociated withopen source tools.
  22. 22. Comparing the Systems
  23. 23. Key Priority: Set it Up Yourself
  24. 24. SquareSpace
  25. 25. WordPress
  26. 26. Key Priority: Integrate with Constituent Data
  27. 27. NetCommunity
  28. 28. Luminate CMS
  29. 29. Key Priority: Extensive Power and Flexibility
  30. 30. Plone
  31. 31. Ektron
  32. 32. Good Middle-of-the-Road Options
  33. 33. WordPress… again!
  34. 34. ExpressionEngine
  35. 35. Joomla
  36. 36. DotNetNuke
  37. 37. Drupal
  38. 38. eZ Publish
  39. 39. Plone…again!
  40. 40. How Do You Choose?
  41. 41. Which Comes First?Do you choose the systemor the consultant first?
  42. 42. Most Consultants Specialize Most website consultants only implement one, or a few, content management systems.
  43. 43. Website Needs Often Don’t Differ Much For many organizations and websites, the consultant will matter far more than the content management system.
  44. 44. Unless You Have Very Specific Needs But if you have specific needs, your needs might not align with the tool a consultant specializes in.
  45. 45. How Do You Start?Decide if you fall into one of the specific need categories: Key Priority: Key Priority: Key Priority: Power and Set it Up Integrating with Flexibility for Yourself Constituent Data a Large Site If so, it probably makes sense to pick a system first.
  46. 46. Or Are Your Needs Not That Specific?Plan to hire a consultant to just build agood site for a middle-of-the-road price?Are your priorities are arounddesign, content, user-friendliness? Then pick a consultant first, and use the CMS they recommend
  47. 47. Remember the Human Side of the Equation High quality design and content –the team behind the website–is more important than a feature-rich content management system every time.
  48. 48. Questions?
  49. 49. Evaluate This Session!Each entry is a chance to win an NTEN engraved iPad! INSERT QR CODE HERE or Online using #13NTCcms at www.nten.org/ntc/eval

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