Issue Three: CMS Nerd
July 17th, 2009 | Newsletter
July 2009, Issue Three
This spring marked the launch of the long awaited Debut Creative website. After three ironic years in business, we finally have a website to call our own! Will it rank well in the 2010 Reboot Contest against Pixel Flex? Stay tuned!
Kristi and I recently got back from a ten day trip to BC! If all goes according to plan this will be the first vacation of many to all of the provinces and territories in our great country. BC was very friendly, and very plugged-in. In major centers like Vancouver and Victoria I noticed a lot more people using mobile devices to surf the web.
The internet is always evolving, and the leap from the monitor to the handheld is just the next logical step. Is your website accessible by mobile? Should it be?
Many sites don’t warrant special development consideration as many mobile browsers (like Android or the iPhone) can handle regular websites perfectly. Social news site Digg is a perfect distraction for a bored commuter, so m.digg.com is a great example of how a site can be simplified to suit a larger variety of mobile devices without easy scale / zoom ability. One thing is for sure, mobile web is here to stay. Are you surfing mobile? What is your two cents?
More pics at flickr.com/photos/arleym
Will You Be Using…
Generally all websites use the same handful of fonts – ones common on most OS’s. This is the only way to ensure that the website will look the way the designer intends. Typekit aims to change this. It’s essentially a snappy bit of code that will allow designers to chose any font they choose and render from the server as opposed to the client computer! http://typekit.com
Late in May Google announced an open source communication tool that’s in development called Wave. There is so much to this real-time browser app! I’m predicting a paradigm shift in how we communicate with each other. For more check out http://wave.google.com or the more succinct http://bit.ly/gnzlP
Google has been dominating the search engine war since before there was competition. Microsoft’s MSN search has long been ranked in the top 5, but recently they reinvented search with Bing. Early studies find it in close running with Yahoo (a distant second at best), with as much as 16% of search traffic http://www.bing.com
The internet is a funny thing, it’s hard to stay on top of all the memes, viral and amazing content that is out there. The Webby Awards essentially tries to highlight the best of these with their annual awards – basically the Oscars of web.
The 2009 Webby’s seemed to get more press this year than in previous years. I joined the millions of voters to pick the content I thought most deserving – from a huge array of categories. I consider myself to be very web savvy and was amazed at how few I had heard of!
Now’s the time to catch up. Be sure to check out their site to view the award winning web content that was recognized – and check out the often hilarious famous 5 word speeches. http://www.webbyawards.com/
Did you snap up your Facebook username URL? On June 12 at midnight the world’s number one social media site Facebook opened up their site to allowing its users to pick their own vanity address. This is largely in response to Twitter’s ever growing popularity, and a way to generate some buzz.
It’s safe to say it worked.
Within 3 minutes over 200,000 users registered. 500,000 in 15 minutes and over 1 million in the first hour. That’s more traffic than my site has ever seen!
I got mine! http://www.facebook.com/arleym
CMSNerd pt 1
Web 2.0 – or highly interactive web, is here to stay. With more and more services empowering the average user to create and maintain their own web presence it only makes sense that they should be able to manage every detail of their own website. So what can we as web producers do to facilitate this?
All but gone are the carefree days of manually sculpting a series of static* pages (these are pages that are set by the code that makes them, changed only by changing the code) and calling it a site. By making use of a Content Management System (CMS) you give the end user the ability to take the reins and control their site content dynamically and without any required knowledge of coding practices.
A CMS is essentially the framework upon which the site is built, – there are literally thousands out there (many great ones are Open Source, thus free). So which is the best for your client? The first considerations are the user’s skill and the primary function of the website. Next you want to consider issues like
- Extendability - are there easy to implement themes, plugins/modules?
- Support - is there an active community around the CMS?
- Adaptability - will the CMS evolve and get better?
It would be impossible to be well versed in all CMS out there, but I try to keep up on a couple that we’ll look at in more detail with the next newsletter; namely WordPress and Drupal.
Open Source CMS – try before you install http://opensourcecms.com
Ten Simple Guidelines for choosing the perfect CMS http://digg.com/d1wUtC
21 Popular Brands that are using WordPress http://digg.com/d1wDQc
In the Next Delightful Issue (maybe)
» Content Management Systems pt 2: Not just for Nerds
» The gory truth about browsers (and IE6)
» And more fun links than you can shake a stick at!