Archive for February 16, 2012

What is Aliro?

February 16, 2012

Aliro is a state of the art content management system that has been gaining popularity over the past little while. Many say that it is designed as a tool to deliver cutting-edge, modern CMS solutions in a time when we, as website builders, need them the most. Aliro makes full use of PHP 5 and requires MySQL 5 as well for utilization. The builders of Aliro, who have recently teamed up with those who are also working on the popular miaCMS project, have several key goals in mind for this product. Does it meet these goals? Well, let’s take a closer look.

First of all, Aliro is meant to be a framework for creating CMS that can be used as a platform to which add-ons can be built and attached. This would not only require a range of sufficiency regarding services, but also a healthy selection of add-ons at the user’s disposal. Of course, this framework includes an interface for the administrator, but add-ons are required to make the user interface truly easy to use.

Second, Aliro needs add-ons that will provide sufficient services in regards to CMS. Of course, no user would be obligated to use these add-ons, and they would be encouraged, in fact, to attempt to build better ones. Either they could perform these functions as they take part in the development as a part of the team, or they could build them in independent projects.

Aliro truly attempts to make a futuristic system out of an old idea. It is sort of funny to think of CMS as an old idea, but the truth is that the Internet, and the way we use it, is changing. Gone are the days of old CMS systems like many of us are used to. Rising instead are systems like Aliro.
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Maintain Your Website the Easy Way – Why a Content Management System Makes Sense

February 1, 2012

If you’re in the market for a website, and you haven’t heard about blog engines and Content Management Systems (CMS), you haven’t been in the market for long. The main issue people have with websites in general is maintaining them. People feel intimidated by learning “HTML” or “programming.”

These days, there are hundreds of solutions to that problem, but in the interest of time I’m only going to talk about my favorites.

WordPress started out as a blog engine some years ago. The idea was simple. Make it so that non-coders could run a decent blog without doing a ton of work keeping things uniform. It has evolved onto a full fledged content management system with e-commerce capability and so many free plugins (software to perform a specific function) you’d be hard pressed to find that what you need doesn’t already exist.

So how does that translate to helping the aspiring website owner? Well, these days, WordPress has gotten so easy to use, it’s on par with figuring out how to send an e-mail. If you can do that, you can use WordPress effectively.

It can update itself, it can let you know when it needs something and it can take the guesswork out of owning a site. So what’s the catch? Well, quite frankly, there isn’t one. It can be got for the bargain price of $0.00 and comes as an option on every Linux hosting plan under the sun. There are so many themes (essentially templates) available for free that the enterprising individual can get himself up and running with a cool look in minutes. Setting it up is so easy I taught a 60 year old client to do it in about two minutes. Did I mention, it’s free?

The next great CMS that I recommend is Joomla. It has come a long way from the old days, and can do some amazing things out of the box. It is not quite as easy to learn or manage as WordPress, but it’s still pretty easy. I recommend Joomla to clients who have complex requirements and want to grow beyond just a commerce or marketing site, or that have a team of people who will be managing the site. Like WordPress, it tells you when it needs updating, and won’t let you do the wrong thing when editing files.

Joomla is also completely free, though more of the premium plugins that you may want you’ll have to pay for. There are hundreds of them, and for most of the things you want to do there is a plugin readily available.

Next is a CMS that might just replace Joomla as a favorite. It’s called Drupal, and it has also matured quite nicely. It’s so good, in fact ,that several sites you probably visit on a regular basis are powered by it. It gets easier to use on a daily basis, and once again, it’s free. There are a host of free themes and plugins for this as well.

With so many great CMS systems, there is no excuse not to use one and in the process, make your life as a website owner easier.
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