04 November 2009, by A. Cedilla
On-line communication today is everywhere: we have journals, f-lists, forums, blogs, social networking sites…the ways we keep in touch with one another are many, and the choice of tools we use to do so can be bewildering.
For example, if you want a simple blog of your own there are dozens of free web-based blogging applications you can sign up with, and BAM! You have your blog. Then later on, if you wish to establish a stronger web presence, you can transition to a more robust content management system
But what if you want to save time from the get-go?
Sure, you may just want a blog for now, but what if the time comes you want something with more robust features? At this point, you may want to check out our 2 part article about CMS here and here.
Basically, here are two main types of applications currently available that are used for blogging: blog software and Content Management Systems (CMS). The main difference is that a CMS has more features than blog applications, while being capable of doing everything blogware does. Continue reading The Blogware Vs. CMS Issue: What Fits You?
13 October 2008, by A. Cedilla
Part 2 of 2
The previous installment of this series defined what a content management system is and what it does. This post gives out ideas on how to pick the best content management system for you.
How do you pick the best CMS for you?
That depends on what you’re looking to accomplish with the particular website you intend to build. What is your strategy? Do you want to build a community, or a website that’s news-driven? Drupal can work wonders for that. If you’re thinking of a portal site, many people use Joomla for that purpose.
The best way to choose is to first decide what you want to accomplish with your website — whether it’s for business or for pleasure.
Do you want to establish a serious reader base with your content and then branch out to forums? Maybe you just want to connect with people who have the same interests and hobbies you do.
Or maybe you just want an online diary of sorts that you can share with friends and family to keep in touch. Define the purpose of your site.
There are loads of CM systems on line that are presented as freeware. However, below are two suggestions for different user groups:
Continue reading Content Management Systems 101.2
10 October 2008, by A. Cedilla
Part 1 of 2
OK, everything’s been set up for your new website, your Big Idea is solid, you had your content pre-prepared and you’re raring to start — then you ask yourself, “What software to I get to make sure my site’s easy to use, easy to read and looks good?”
You use a content management system. Also known as CMS, this is a particular type of software that makes it easier for users to create and manage websites.
To get, and keep, your readers and visitors coming back, you can keep your appeal fresh by making sure your site is updated frequently.
A CMS automates this process to make it easier to manage your data (which includes your content — articles/posts, your links and images, as well as any embedded audio and video media you would care to add ) and customize the layout of your website, to fit your brand and personality.
Continue reading Content Management Systems 101.1