Content management systems
Kintoweb support a number of different CMS systems, notably Joomla, Wordpress, Contribute and our own bespoke system. We support FREE Open Source options.
Content management Questions
1. Do you want to buy the software or a service? Some systems are provided as software so that you install it on your machines. Other systems are accomodated by third parties. The last systems can be cheaper, can be rented month in month and usually require less expertise and support technique, but you are tied-in and have less flexibility.
2. Does the system create static pages of HTML or make pages dynamically? Many systems satisfy by storing information in a database and make pages only when they are necessary for visitors to the site. This can be effective if information changes very often (more than daily) or if the site is strongly personalized but can be ineffective in a site which the users will think is slow. More sophisticated systems hide the pages once than they are created and only make new pages when information changes. Some systems use these mechanisms to make pages as soon as new information is written. A great advantage of this approach is that these pages will be found by the search engines which can increase the traffic on your site enormously.
3. Will it support the manner in which you work? Complex sites are often the responsibility of a whole team people in an organization and different people can be responsible for various parts of the site. Moreover better content management systems will support much contributers and writers so that they function together. The course of operation such as approval and collaboration is a sector where more reduced systems are often defective.
4. Will you be able to publish your site on multiple platforms? More and more your site will have to appear on various platforms such as the Internet and on TV, on mobile devices and kiosks. Indeed, you can want various versions so that Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and mobile platforms benefit from the best. A good content management system will enable you to create various gauges for each platform but to employ the same contents.
5. Who uses the system? Big news organizations employ and publish contents in different ways from small retailers and thus need different functionality. You ensure that the supplier that you choose proves the software is relevant to the size and scope of your organisation.
6. What are the costs to install your site? These can vary considerably. Some suppliers require a combined payment for the software package and the support on a yearly basis. Others will separate the software content with management from any work with design which you need. An effective manner to cost the project is to consider the cost whole over a one or two year period.
7. What are the costs per annum? Look at what all the continuous expenses cover. While it can seem cheaper to carry out a simple payment you are dependent on continuous support. Will you have to pay extra? What occurs if you want to change the structure of the site? It is usually apart from the range of content management because you rebuild your site effectively.
8. Do you pay the creation or the development of the software? Ensure that the system that you choose is truly an autonomous system and not something which must be strongly adapted to customer requirements for the work. See the same tools running several various customer sites . How different are they? Can you see how these tools could help you to control your contents?
9. Will the feeling or the functionality of your site be limited in some way? Content management separates the contents from the presentation by the use of the interface. Some systems provide a restricted templating system which can not be appropriate for your design. See several sites which are produced by using the same system. If they look very similar it is probable that your site will seem similar too.
10. How the system treat does images? The images are important to the feeling of all site and should demonstrate how you will be able to employ them. Is there a library of images to which you can employ and add? Does the software include the cost of the images for you? How much control do you have over how they are employed in the page?
11 Are you locked in? Discover at which point it is eas yto move supplier or to a different content management system. Ensure that you can re-use all your data and your design work.
12. How easy to use are the tools provided? This is essential! How much support will your contributers and writers need? You will have to balance the ease of use against the flexibility offered to you by the tools.
13. Can you employ your existing data bases? Many organizations already have their information stored in other information processing systems such as Intranets and product data bases. You may also wish to extract the data and re-use that in your business for bulletins, booklets and email. You must ensure that the systems that you choose can be easily independent yet joined and bring additional value to your business.
14. Does the system impose restrictions on the way in which the site is hosted? Where and how your site is hosted are important considerations. Are you free to employ Apache, Microsoft IIS, SQL etc. and to host it yourself, use your existing ISP or are these decisions taken for you by the CMS?
15. How does your choice of system affect your choice of design company? You can already have an design agency which you like or want to make the internal designs. Check that your CMS supplier has experience to work with other originators or can provide the design services themselves. Pay attention if the company has never worked with content management before.
16. How are system updates handled? Content management systems always evolve/move and you should make sure that new devices and services form part of the agreement.
17. How the system affect will the manner that you work? This is perhaps the hardest question of all but the important. If you employ a large, complex multisection site you will have to think of the people and the processes to maintain and keep it up to date. Your content management tools must support these people and processes rather than the opposite; it is not simply about technology. Discuss these factors with your suppliers and discover how they will help you to integrate your new site in your organization
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