Category Archive: CMS

  1. Content Management Systems

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    The majority of websites have some way for clients to manage their content, either every aspect of the site or certain parts of it, and too often this fact is almost forgotten and it has a detrimental effect on the site overall.

    How many times are sites built and then a cms hastily handed over to the client laden with options allowing them to change a number of styles including font-sizes, line-heights, colors etc after these have all been carefully considered and crafted in the CSS already?

    I’ve heard the words “they’ve ruined it” way too many times after a client has been given access and a large part of the blame for that is down to us as developers and project managers for not providing adequate information and systems in place. Sites designed way before seeing any content or content samples, or tinymce packed with every option under the sun allowing for all sorts of styles to be applied inline overwriting our hard work. We need to take ownership of our sites and restrict the options available to website owners as well as providing adequate training to clients so that they get the best use out of the site. It’s not just their site that will suffer, our businesses suffer as the wee link at the bottom of the page tells every visitor who built it and poorly presented information reflects on us as well as the client.

    Next time a client “ruins” a site through the CMS, really question if it’s them who’ve failed or us for not providing an adequate service.

  2. Drupal 7 Alpha

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    Drupal 7 Alpha

    Drupal and WordPress are the two Content Management Systems I use regularly when developing sites, and as WordPress updates to 2.9.1, Drupal has recently released the alpha version of the upcoming Drupal 7. Having heard a lot about the progress over the last few months, and of the contribution to the D7UX project by Mark Boulton, I was curious to see what the alpha version would be like and yesterday I downloaded a copy to play with in a local environment and there are a few major noticeable differences from previous versions straight away.

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  3. Drupal Hosting

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    What do you look for in a good Drupal hosting service? Do you prefer high levels of bandwidth to cope with the bustling empire  of communities you moderate or is functionality such as .htaccess access or is mod rewrite more important in order to enable clean URLs in order to remove the horrible “?=” from URLs more important?

    I’ve recently begun to research hosting options that are capable of handling a high number of databases (unlimited preferrably) in order to cope with several Drupal and WordPress installations whilst still leaving room for expansion as well as providing a reseller function and was overwhelmed with the options available at first. A quick search on drupal.org brought me to a list of hosts that was created in 2007 and continues through almost to the present day with endless discussion of various hosts and their features which didn’t seem conclusive either way on any host.

    I must admit that is one thing that bugs me about Drupal that some of the documentation leaves a lot to be desired. To me, hosting is a basic requirement and recommendations are commonly requested, but the biggest list is a forum topic which goes on forever it seems. There are other examples where it falls down quite badly, where all it would take is a bit more organisation for the contributors to post documents in a clearer manner for noobs like myself to discover easily.

    So, to sum up, does anyone out there have recommendations for a good reseller hosting account capable of handling multiple WordPress and Drupal (as well as Moodle, Ning and various other software items) installations?