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 ...
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 levels...
Common Open Source CMSes
WordpressPros●   Lots of great templates●   Great for blogging●   Easy to set upCons●   Gets hacked into frequently●   Doe...
Concrete5Pros●   Easy to use●   Great for a medium size e-    commerce site (up to 2 products)●   Very secureCons●   Not a...
How to choose a CMS for you●   Make sure you feel comfortable      ●   Research, look at examples,    updating/maintaining...
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...
typography●   people are writing more to each other than using the phone●   don’t use long lines, max character lengths of...
speedNeeds to load FAST
contentPublish on a regular basis
accessibilityUsable across all browsers/devices, google-friendly
technologyDon’t have it be THE reason for the website
interactionHave customers use forms, surveys, comments, forums, tests, ratings,CONTRIBUTE!
web 2.0Conversation!
Final ThoughtsCMS enables you to have a website you can updateNot all CMS platforms are the sameA CMS = a clean, usable site
Questions?Nedra Rezinasnedra@canvasdreams.com@canvasdreams
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  1. 1. Web Building Workshop (secrets and solutions) November 15th, 2012 Canvas Dreams, LLC
  2. 2. OverviewHow a CMS can help you?Which CMS is right for me?CMS = a clear, usable website
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. How is using Social Media like aCMS? In Twitter, you write something...
  5. 5. How is using Social Media like aCMS?and in seconds, its published!
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Common Open Source CMSes
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. CMS = a clean, usable site9 steps to a better, shinier site...
  12. 12. consistency● logo always links to home, top left● navigation - horizontal (sub-nav, left side)● breadcrumb under the navigation● search box (always top right)
  13. 13. typography● people are writing more to each other than using the phone● don’t use long lines, max character lengths of 55● scalable fonts
  14. 14. speedNeeds to load FAST
  15. 15. contentPublish on a regular basis
  16. 16. accessibilityUsable across all browsers/devices, google-friendly
  17. 17. technologyDon’t have it be THE reason for the website
  18. 18. interactionHave customers use forms, surveys, comments, forums, tests, ratings,CONTRIBUTE!
  19. 19. web 2.0Conversation!
  20. 20. Final ThoughtsCMS enables you to have a website you can updateNot all CMS platforms are the sameA CMS = a clean, usable site
  21. 21. Questions?Nedra Rezinasnedra@canvasdreams.com@canvasdreams

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