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Posted by Matt Simos on Sep 15, 2010 in Content Management, Getting Started | 4 comments
Hey guys, have you got any courses about the content management systems (is that it?) that you were talking about in the seminar? Thanks Matt
Good question – that is a very important element to get right. We will have a complete course outline released by the end of next week which contains a dedicated module on content management systems (CMS yes, that’s it!). Expect to see that particular module up in the next few weeks. In the meantime you may want to take a look at DotNetNuke.com which is our preferred CMS of choice and the largest Microsoft based open source CMS in the world. Some of the features we look for are:
In the upcoming tutorial we’ll explain why these features are important (plus many more) and how selecting the right system will literally save you thousands over a 1-2 year time-frame if not sooner.
In the meantime, see how you go with everything that is already up!
I noticed the last update on CMS was Sept 2010. Do you have any new tutorials coming up in the next few months on DotNetDuke or WordPress? I’m keen to look at another system as I undertook a short course in Joomla and was not impressed.
Thanks for asking, yes we have heard from many operators who are not impressed with Joomla. We have a complete WordPress course on our roadmap that will be released after the launch of the new MyWebSchool site we are currently preparing for launch in the next 2 weeks.
WordPress has come a long way in the last couple of years in terms of usability and functionality so I highly can recommend this system provided it has been set-up correctly and you have been given proper training. Coupled to an extensive range of plugins there isn’t much you can’t do. In fact we are switching the MyWebSchool platform from DotNetNuke to WordPress for a range of reasons, however both are good platforms depending on your needs.
What aspects would you like to learn – everything from installation through to setting up a live site or are you more focused on finding our how easy it is to use for basic content updates?
With most modern CMS systems the trick is in installing the right modules or plug-ins that enhance the features, performance or usability taking in account your business requirements. Some plug-ins can have the opposite affect.
An example of a useful plugin is the front end editor in WordPress that allows you to edit content ‘in-context’ or’ on-page’ similar to the functionality DotNetNuke users enjoy as opposed to editing via the back-end administration panel. Here is a video showing you what I mean – http://vimeo.com/10755404
In the meantime I’m happy to answer any specific questions you have in the forum or you could book a consultation session and I can take you through what would work best for your business over the phone or via a gotomeeting.
I hope that helps.
Thanks Adam. I would be interested in learning everything from installation and setting up a site and then editing the content side of things as well. I cannot access your videos as my WIFI connection is too slow and the videos do not play smoothly. Data comes down in chunks so to speak. I am not sure what you mean by gotomeeting but probably should book a session on WordPress to get started.
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