Web Building Workshop (secrets and solutions) November 15th, 2012 Canvas Dreams, LLC
OverviewHow a CMS can help you?Which CMS is right for me?CMS = a clear, usable website
What is a CMS?A content management system (CMS) is a computerprogram that allows publishing, editing and modifyingcontent as well as maintenance from a central interface.Such systems of content management provide proceduresto manage workflow in a collaborative environment. -Wikipedia
How is using Social Media like aCMS? In Twitter, you write something...
How is using Social Media like aCMS?and in seconds, its published!
Why a CMS makes life easier1. Easy to edit content 5. Version management2. Preview before making it 6. User levelslive 7. Auto system updates3. Extended functionality 8. Searching4. Templates
WordpressPros● Lots of great templates● Great for blogging● Easy to set upCons● Gets hacked into frequently● Doesnt scale well over time● E-commerce plugins dont scale well
Concrete5Pros● Easy to use● Great for a medium size e- commerce site (up to 2 products)● Very secureCons● Not as many templates to choose from
How to choose a CMS for you● Make sure you feel comfortable ● Research, look at examples, updating/maintaining the know the functionality you can software, if not, hire someone use who can ● Quick and easy installation● Popular is not better, do not use it just because everyone else ● Simple administration interface does ● Quick and easy extension of● Read the fine print, know what CMS for extra functionality you are signing up with● Simple template manipulation● Helpful user community
CMS = a clean, usable site9 steps to a better, shinier site...
consistency● logo always links to home, top left● navigation - horizontal (sub-nav, left side)● breadcrumb under the navigation● search box (always top right)
typography● people are writing more to each other than using the phone● don’t use long lines, max character lengths of 55● scalable fonts