Before PSD to WordPress Conversion - Is Your Choice of CMS True?

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A slideshow version of the popular HTMLcut's ( http://www.htmlcut.com ) article.

There is a great variety of CMSs on the Web now. WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal are definitely among the leaders today. Each of them has its own specialty and suits some particular objectives. Knowing that difference as well as their strengths and weaknesses can be very helpful when choosing a CMS for your own website.

The presentation explains the advantages and disadvantages of WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal, as well as the specifics of design to CMS conversion.

Read more at
http://www.htmlcut.com/blog/before-converting-psd-to-wordpress-or-joomla-is-cms-choice-right.html .

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Before PSD to WordPress Conversion - Is Your Choice of CMS True?

  1. 1. © 2011 html cut.com Before PSD to WordPress or PSD to Joomla Conversion – Is Your Choice of CMS True?
  2. 2. Before PSD to WordPress or PSD to Joomla Conversion – Is Your Choice of CMS True? © 2011 html cut.com Converting designs into themes for WordPress, Joomla! or other content management system (CMS) is one of the main trends in web development now. But Are you sure that the chosen CMS is the most appropriate for your website and business goals?
  3. 3. © 2011 html cut.com WordPress, Jo omla! and D rupal are the leaders amid the free open-source CMSs. Each has its own specialty and suits particular objectives. Do you know the difference? Their strengths and weaknesses? Before PSD to WordPress or PSD to Joomla Conversion – Is Your Choice of CMS True?
  4. 4. © 2011 html cut.com CMS = Set of ready-made but customizable modules + Environment to manage the system CMS helps to: <ul><li>Reduce time on website development
  5. 5. Simplify content publication and editing
  6. 6. Reduce site maintenance and update costs
  7. 7. Increase data security, control the access to data
  8. 8. Improve content contribution for visitors </li></ul>Before PSD to WordPress or PSD to Joomla Conversion – Is Your Choice of CMS True?
  9. 9. © 2011 html cut.com Choosing CMS – Step 1: Define the Requirements Specify: <ul><li>Website functions of highest priority
  10. 10. Editorial features: text editors, spell-checkers, adding video
  11. 11. Social media add-ons and integration
  12. 12. Multilingual support, localization or translation
  13. 13. Security requirements
  14. 14. Who will manage the site – you or a 3-rd party vendor </li></ul>Before PSD to WordPress or PSD to Joomla Conversion – Is Your Choice of CMS True?
  15. 15. © 2011 html cut.com Step 2: Collate Possible Candidates Let's consider the most popular free open source content management systems in more detail. Before PSD to WordPress or PSD to Joomla Conversion – Is Your Choice of CMS True?
  16. 16. © 2011 html cut.com WordPress The most popular blog platform, though can be used for a complex content-driven website too. Pluses: <ul><li>A lot of pre-developed templates and
  17. 17. popular add-on modules available for free
  18. 18. No server experience required
  19. 19. Friendly theming system </li></ul>Before PSD to WordPress or PSD to Joomla Conversion – Is Your Choice of CMS True?
  20. 20. © 2011 html cut.com WordPress Minuses: <ul><li>Sometimes it is difficult to adapt to the
  21. 21. specific requirements
  22. 22. 3-rd party modules can cause unexpected
  23. 23. results and conflict with each other
  24. 24. Quite vulnerable to hacker attacks, often
  25. 25. targeted by spammers </li></ul>Before PSD to WordPress or PSD to Joomla Conversion – Is Your Choice of CMS True?
  26. 26. © 2011 html cut.com Joomla! Suitable for creating corporate websites, online magazines, community-based por tals, e tc. Strengths: <ul><li>Easy installation and mastering
  27. 27. A lot of off-the-shelf extensions available
  28. 28. Possibility to develop additional modules
  29. 29. and custom design
  30. 30. Flexible modification and tuning </li></ul>Before PSD to WordPress or PSD to Joomla Conversion – Is Your Choice of CMS True?
  31. 31. © 2011 html cut.com Before PSD to WordPress or PSD to Joomla Conversion – Is Your Choice of CMS True? Joomla! Weaknesses: <ul><li>Extensions usually cost money
  32. 32. Can be security concerns with 3-rd
  33. 33. party components
  34. 34. Hard to scale up to a large website
  35. 35. Requires additional efforts to make it
  36. 36. entirely SEO friendly </li></ul>
  37. 37. © 2011 html cut.com Drupal For both simple web blogs and large online communities. Advantages: <ul><li>Robust and secure development platform
  38. 38. Extremely developer friendly
  39. 39. Dozens of functions and modules available
  40. 40. Supports custom themes
  41. 41. Integrated with Google Analytics </li></ul>Before PSD to WordPress or PSD to Joomla Conversion – Is Your Choice of CMS True?
  42. 42. © 2011 html cut.com Drupal Disadvantages: <ul><li>Used primarily for large community sites
  43. 43. Not designed for out of the box business
  44. 44. websites
  45. 45. Not very designer and user friendly </li></ul>Before PSD to WordPress or PSD to Joomla Conversion – Is Your Choice of CMS True?
  46. 46. © 2011 html cut.com Step 3: Try It Out 1). Don't stop at a demo, install a regular version onto your server and probe whether it is convenient in work and maintenance. 2). Review available plug-ins for this CMS, especially free ones, and what they can do. This may help to define more realistic and detailed requirements to the CMS and refine the preliminary website design. Before PSD to WordPress or PSD to Joomla Conversion – Is Your Choice of CMS True?
  47. 47. © 2011 html cut.com The Next Step Converting .psd / .ai / .png images into xHTML / CSS code and CMS implementation are usual steps after selecting the CMS and developing the website design. <ul>Here are some remarks to take into account on this phase. </ul>Before PSD to WordPress or PSD to Joomla Conversion – Is Your Choice of CMS True?
  48. 48. © 2011 html cut.com PSD to CMS Conversion Distinctions 1). The HTML coding and file structure should comply with additional rules to be correctly integrated into the CMS environment. 2). The coder should be more careful because of a specific file interconnection and interrelation. 3). Every CMS has ‘bottlenecks’ that should be known to implement some design or functional features. Before PSD to WordPress or PSD to Joomla Conversion – Is Your Choice of CMS True?
  49. 49. © 2011 html cut.com Summary The choice of CMS is very important for development, maintenance and upgrade of your website. But every CMS has strengths and weaknesses you should be aware of. Hope these tips will help you to make the right decision. Read more on our blog www.htmlcut.com/blog Before PSD to WordPress or PSD to Joomla Conversion – Is Your Choice of CMS True?
  50. 50. © 2011 html cut.com Music by DanoSongs.com http://www.danosongs.com Creative Commons License
  51. 51. © 2011 html cut.com HTMLcut.com is a leading PSD to HTML / HTML5 / CSS and PSD to WordPress / Joomla! / Drupal conversion company For more information: [email_address] www.htmlcut.com htmlcut.com/blog

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