While working with the Metro Atlanta think tank SNN, I was tasked with developing CMS platforms that we could offer member publishers to put their teams in control of their online publication.
There are many CMS to choose from, but first I looked at the three most popular, Drupal, Joomla and WordPress.
The framework is difficult for new users to pick up, and the chances that our publishers would have staff who could take over some of the admin tasks were remote. Drupal has become become popular with government agencies as well as larger organizations. But they do have full time staff who can devote their daily efforts to maintaining a large and complex CMS framework.
This would not be the case with our pubishers where a handful of editors would be using the application, and most likely they would not have staff dedicated to their onine presence.
We chose to look further.
Next we looked at Joomla, a simpler popular CMS framework.
The Joomla Content Management System (CMS) does take some time to learn, but with one of our custom installations we can have you up to speed in using your new CMS in about an hour with a personal tutorial In our phone meeting we cover how to Add, Edit and Delete content for your website in a matter of minutes. Joomla has undergone some very vigorous development and currently is built on a MVC (Model View Controller) platform written in PHP.
It is really not difficult to see why since that time WordPress has eveolved as the most popular CMS.
We have picked up some powerful WordPress themes that lend well to customization, as well as implementing responsive design for our work.
The WordPress framework is quite simple to use once it has been set up for you, and with our initial training session you'll quickly become familiar with using WordPress to craft the content of your site just the way you want it.
These were the important points to consider for our friends at SNN, and they will serve you well in getting your online presence up and running to serve your interests.
Once we narrowed down the charecteristics of the participating publishers, the choice was actually quite clear. Both Drupal and Joomla would involve a learning curve that would prevent publishers from participating. WordPress offered the simplest UI, set up tasks, and orientation for our cients, so next I developed some proof of concept sites that we could use to demo that WordPress CMS for prospective publisher clients.
The SNN team loved the results, and we were able to move forward to set up the next stages our think tank had set out for SNN.
We specialize in building custom CMS for our Atlanta clients using a new design, and then
creating the programming and files necessary to use your new design
for your CMS so that everything is set up for you in one
package. This affords you very economical website development, and
eliminates some of the costs of web development that would normally
be necessary to build your site and additional web pages.
If a Content Management System sounds like the answer for your oneline web presence, contact us, and in about 20 minutes we can review your needs and outline a solution that will have you up and running as quickly as possible, with a system that will serve you for years to come without spending a fortune.
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