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Content Management Systems

The Allure of Do-It-Yourself

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Some in our industry recommend full Content Management System (CMS) websites for their clients. However it's important to consider the benefits and disadvantages that come along with CMS. If you have an ecommerce website, then it is very important for you to be able to make changes to your products and pricing. Or if it is important for you to keep pictures or events up to date, then web applications can be integrated into your website to allow for that functionality. But if you have a reliable web design company at your fingertips, why not have them make other more extensive changes to your website?

Is CMS right for me?

Boxed Content Management Systems

There are myriad boxed CMS solutions, but very few are reliable and secure. Most people do not realize many boxed CMS frameworks are plagued with serious security vulnerabilities. That means hackers can easily penetrate your website and deface it, or worse steal sensitive customer data you may be storing. While many boxed CMS solutions make it easy for non-technical people to set up and launch them, more advanced persons will perform a manual setup of the framework and take additional steps to protect the system against hacking attempts. Webtivity Design Solutions takes these extra steps to protect our clients and their interests.

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DotNetNuke Content Management Platform

Webtivity Design Solutions suggests utilizing the DotNetNuke (DNN) framework if you choose to have a CMS. This tool is designed for use on the Microsoft® ASP.NET 2.0 platform and is not susceptible to the same database intrusions as other CMS platforms due to the architecture of the DNN framework.

Our company has utilized this framework for clients requesting full content management capabilities and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Users who are proficient with the Microsoft® Office Suite should have no problem learning how to manage this product. DNN has a built-in database for storing and managing information. No plug-ins are required to interact with the website. There are no license fees for the community version, while there are enterprise versions available for a license fee.

The DotNetNuke platform allows you to set permissions for your staff so you can give access to only specific areas of your website to each of your staff, rather than giving everyone full access to the entire website. This means if you have one staff member who you want to maintain the newsletters on your website, you can set permission for that staff member to only have access to that section of your website. This gives you much better control and accountability over your staff.

DotNetNuke, first released in 2002, comes preconfigured with a number of standard modules. Many other modules are available from a variety of sources, often for a one- time license fee. Additional modules are typically less than $100.00, while some more advanced modules may cost as much as $500.00. However, you must be careful to only integrate modules developed from trustworthy sources.

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WordPress Blogging Tool

Wordpress is currently one of the most popular blogging tools in the world. It can be used as a standalone companion site or can be a part of your main website where you blog about your company, industry or related interests or hobbies. It is a great way to develop unique, interesting content to discuss trends in your industry and generate an audience. There are also great SEO benefits to using a blogging platform as part of your overall online marketing strategy.

Because some hosting companies offer easy Wordpress setups, many non-technical web designers advocate using Wordpress as a CMS website. While WordPress' functionality can be stretched to emulate a website and may be effective for some, it is important to consider your long-term needs before choosing WordPress as your website platform.

It is important to note that many WordPress plug-ins have serious security vulnerabilities, and therefore may not be a reliable platform for a high-profile organization. Also, if there is custom functionality you want to add to your website in the future, or if you want to integrate other applications into your website in the future, you may have difficulties.

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Custom Content Management Systems

Sometimes "boxed" solutions don't quite provide the functionality you want, or you require an enterprise solution for your company. In those cases we have the capability to develop a custom CMS to your exact specifications. Everything we develop is built to be portable, which means you are never locked into a long-term contract, you own your entire system, and can move everything to a new provider if desired. For an example of a custom CMS developed by Webtivity Design Solutions, please visit the Port Manatee website.

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Is CMS right for me?

Many clients who have engaged Webtivity Design Solutions to develop a CMS website eventually also engage us for a Website Support Plan because they quickly learn other responsibilities such as hiring, payroll, and sales take priority over the website. The website then falls off the radar and becomes stale, which is bad for your audience and search engine optimization reasons. Clients also learn when they try to make changes to the website, they often harm the design integrity of the website because they aren't designers. Once you harm the design of your website, your business starts looking amateurish and you lose the ability to convert visitors into customers.

It is also important to mention that many Content Management Solutions are not search engine friendly, and also have security vulnerabilities.