Archive for June 29, 2010

Content Management Software Solutions

June 29, 2010

Content Management Software (CMS) provides community building through blogging, personalization, forums and message boards. It helps build customer loyalty with subscriptions and RSS feeds. It allows you to easily manage lots of content from multiple authors.

How do you decide what CMS software to use for the management of your web site content?

What CMS authoring tools should you use?

Let’s discuss a few different content management solutions:

Open Source

This is probably the most popular because it’s free to acquire, has lots of flexibility plus there is a very active Open Source Community for support. You’ll only need to purchase a domain name and a hosting service.

Hosted

You have less control with a hosted solution because the company selling the software hosts and maintains the CMS. This frees you from administrative responsibilities and reduces the initial cost but will cost you more in the long term.

Commercial

A commercial CMS designer builds the CMS application then sells it to you. You will be responsible for the maintenance. You have more control but your initial costs will be expensive because it is custom built.

Nonprofit

Many CMS sites are built for nonprofit companies sometimes. These types may be hosted or commercial. The features built into them are geared towards the organization.

My recommendation

I strongly recommend Open Source Content Management Software because, it’s free, has hundreds of templates to choose from, contains good documentation and provides lots of support from open source forums.

If you’re not a do-it-yourself type person or prefer a custom built solution hire a web designer. Ask him to show you sample sites where he’s used a content management system to build them. 
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Recommend Some Good Affordable Joomla Hosts?

June 22, 2010
Quite new to joomla and have tried to play around with a few free hosts but have always found it to be less than perfect. Lots of error 404 etc when installing components/modules and so fourth.

So can someone please recommend me some good affordable hosts for a small portfolio website and most importantly, joomla compatible. Site will contain small video clips and images roughly hitting 500mb so anything above that is cool.

Ive been hearing a mixture of things from justhost.com but the “unlimited” descriptions make me raise an eyebrow.
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From A Wildcat BBS To A Marriage Of Joomla and WordPress

June 13, 2010

I got my first computer in 1982 – an IBM PC 8088 (no dash-2), 64k of SOLDERED system memory, 2 full height floppy drives, a green screen with no graphics, and an 80cps Epson printer, with Graftrax…woo hoo!

I was guilted into starting my first BBS (bulletin board system) by my son, who had started his own, known as Druid’s Keep…a dos-based role playing game board. Mine had to be bigger of course, and ultimately sported 3 gigabytes of files, multiple CD drives, including CD-changers, all on a 3-node Lantastic network, running Wildcat Multiuser BBS. Wow

Fast forward a few years, and I needed software to go into the dialup ISP business. I prowled around, did not like the cost of what I saw (never mind the technical savvy required) and settled on Worldgroup, the newly named successor to The Major BBS, which had a powerful plugin available called Major TCP/IP, making it Internet dial-in-enabled, incoming telnet, ftp-able, etc. In addition, it supported Radius, so I could plug in my beloved Livingston portmasters…the year was 1995.

A few years (and several business changes and IT providers) later, I began testing out a new form of community software known as ecobuilder (e community builder)…unfortunately written in cold fusion. Running on Microsoft NT servers with SQL7, and requiring the cold fusion server, it never really took off. So I poked around and joined a merry band of miscreants who had shown the inventor of php-nuke the door and branched – into Postnuke, a CMS that, along with phpnuke, was largely responsible for the widespread acceptance and depth of features evident in the modern CMS’ we enjoy today. If you would like to see what some of the original cast of characters from Postnuke are doing these days, check out – Xaraya – it is not for the CMS newcomer, but what a powerhouse.

I have now moved on from Postnuke, and, contrary to half-hearted attempts over a year ago with the platform, am happy to report that the relatively young open-source fork project of Joomla – a breakaway from an older CMS known as Mambo, has a developer community literally on drugs, churning out high-value components, add-ons and themes, SEF (search engine friendly) URLs, and most important of all: MARKETING CAPABILITIES!

When choosing a platform on which to blog, I kept going back and forth between the towering open source giant in the industry: WordPress and the increasingly robust, though more complex true CMS – Joomla, before determining that it did not make any sense to pick between the two when I could use BOTH! Since then, I am finding all sorts of platforms doing the same thing – sticking with their old tried and true, and simply adding their WordPress blog to their Internet presence. The best of both worlds.
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Migrating To Drupal Content Management System

June 9, 2010

Drupal is an open source software which is free. Drupal originated in the University of Antwerp and was created by two students Dries Buyaert and Hans Snijder in 2000. Originally the software was called “drop.org” and was changed to “Drupal” in January 2001. The word is derived from the English pronunciation of the Dutch word “druppel” meaning “drop”. The coding of Drupal is in PHP.

It consists of a “Software Framework” and a “Content Management System” Now this immediately raises the question of what a “Software Framework” is and what a “Content Management System” is. A Software Framework is a concept by which ordinary computer coding which provides a broad functionality can be converted or over-written into one for a specific purpose by selective coding. Content Management System (CMS) is a computer program used to generate, administer, edit, search and publish different kinds of electronic text and digital media. Content Management Systems keep the content away from the website’s interface and at the same time maintain a neat look with infinite possibilities. “Content” in this context meaning information or experience that can be useful to an end-user and can be delivered through any media such as the Internet etc.

The other well known Content Management Systems are “Joomla” and “WordPress”. Now why should one migrate to “Drupal”? A comparison of Drupal with Joomla shows Drupal excels in architecture while Joomla in functionality. The size of Drupal is only 729 KB whereas that of Joomla v1.0.12 is thrice that of Drupal and Joomla v1.5 is twice that of Joomla v1.0.12. Version 1.0.12 is 11MB in size and requires 20MB of disk space. You might think that the bigger the program the more powerful it will be; but Drupal’s coding is so elegant that it is more powerful. Also you do not have to know have any programming skills (especially PHP) to use Drupal.

Some of the reasons why one should migrate to Drupal are:
It is Open Source PHP and it is readily available for everyone with a host of users for support. It has a Wide Selection of Modules which can be used to create just about any type of website ranging from a small family journal with photos to a huge news site. Because it is open source it is Cost Effective: it is free. It is so Versatile that a talented Drupal developer can build almost anything for a website. It gives you Greater Control on monitoring the activities on your website. There is Ease of Content Management. As such updating a site is a snap. It is just as easy as using Microsoft Word or any other Word Processor. You do not have to call your developer and pay him/her to get the update done. Because of the large support base Scalability is assured because the platform continues to grow. It is Web 2,0 Friendly and as such, taping into Social Networking websites like Myspace and Facebook can be done easily.

Drupal grows by the side of your project and is built to grow with the needs of your company. Unlike the consumers of yore, consumers nowadays will not settle for a poorly structured website that is boring and also outdated. Your website should be well structured and dynamic. As such, it is time you took a gigantic leap and got ahead of the competition with the Drupal Content Management System for which Powerfulcms are very competent consultants.
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Content Management System Using Drupal

June 5, 2010

The main attraction of the Drupal Content Management System is its versatility. You can perform the most elementary task of a two page site to a social network with voluminous traffic. It is an open source content management system. Along with this great flexibility, you get an advanced set up and configuration. The site will take a bit longer to be ready, but the wait is worth in the long run. Drupal is written in PHP language and requires a MySQL database. You are able to build various types of web pages and blogs and any type of online communications.

Important features:

Collaborative content creation: It has features to create a book for collaborative content creation. A book has many numbered pages in serial order. Similar is the case with the computer book. It has sections, chapters, subsections, bibliography and so forth. Such books can be used as a manual or a resource guide to give answers to questions and queries. The advantage for the users is that it can write content, reviews, edit and add to the pages. You can work alone or as a part of the group.

This advanced system has links to next or previous pages. You are able to set up a menu. Move around in the book through a navigation block. See the menu first and browse the pages as per your requirements. Through the menu page, you are able to add links to your other books. At the bottom of the page you find the print links to obtain the result of printer friendly display of the pages.

Modules:

Build, enhance and extend the core functionality of Drupal development through modules. They are plug-in devices. Modules are contributed by the website community. You have varied modules, such as e-commerce, evaluation or rating, commerce, advertising, file management, filters or editors and so forth.

Online Help:

Drupal renders online help to the Drupal development community. Some of them are slides, videos, tutorials and how-to, self-help articles. The guide pages include essential topics like updating modules, themes and take care of other projects.

Open Source:

Drupal is open source in the real sense of the term. As per the terms of the GNU (General Pubic License) majority of the software are by nature restrictive, and the user is not given the freedom to modify it. You can not share it either. Under this type of license, you have total freedom even to change the software. You can distribute the copies free of charge or even make a commercial sale of the same. You can change the software and use it in parts along with any software program. What more customization environment a user may require? The individual preferences are given due regard as you can personalize both its content and presentation.

Users and access and management settings:

The exercise of real freedom is provided in the system. No elaborate permission formats for each user are necessary. The module permits the users to register, log in or log out. The created content can be associated with it. Users use own names and set up ‘my account page.’ Cookies without personal information are provided and they are the tools to retrieve information stored in one’s server. Many other functions like Creating Polls, Templating, Threaded comments and discussions and Blogger API support are provided in Drupal.
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