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  • Blogging Still Matters - 5 Sabbatical Lessons

    Blogging Still Matters - 5 Sabbatical Lessons

    A few months ago, I had a problem. After eight years of non-stop writing, I found myself exhausted of all enthusiasm to blog. Let me tell you, it's a sad day in Web City when an advocate for content management systems has no real desire to author new content. I was also questioning in this age of "always on" social media whether the traditional blog had lost value not only to me but my readers. If content is no longer king, why should I spend so much effort creating new content? So as summer approached, I decided to take a break from blogging.

    At the beginning of my sabbatical I made a secret promise to myself. If at the end of three months I found no value in blogging, I would call Agility to say it's time to shutdown CMS Report. I was prepared to resign myself to writing only an occasional post on Google+ (which "experts" claim no one reads) or on my personal blog (which I know nobody reads). If I did this, would I really miss CMS Report? Would the readers miss me if I was no longer blogging? On more practical terms, do I really need to blog in an era where Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, or Twitter is available to me?

    Honestly, three months ago I had hoped to find that blogging no longer has value. It would have been a revolutionary moment and raise the eyebrows of my peers. I was hoping to shock the world on my "discovery" that blogging didn't matter. Alas, after three months of not blogging, I've found that I will be given absolutely no opportunity to shock and awe. To my surprise, I've found that blogging still matters. Here is what I discovered...

     

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted September 01, 2014

  • Kentico 8.1 Connects with SharePoint, LinkedIn, and Store Managers

    Kentico 8.1 Connects with SharePoint, LinkedIn, and Store Managers

    This week, Kentico Software announced the release of Kentico 8.1. According to the company, Kentico 8.1 features a variety of new enhancements that bring greater website performance and ease of use to the digital marketing activities of today’s digital agencies and professional marketers. With new “Buy X, get Y” discount capabilities, Kentico 8.1 promises to offer customers new ways to maximize their online sales.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted August 26, 2014

  • How To Take Automated WordPress Backups on Dropbox

    How To Take Automated WordPress Backups on Dropbox

    With so many security issues, hacks and vulnerabilities in today’s WordPress websites the best defense and sure way to protect your website and data is to have a proper automated backups set.

    There are many ways to take backups of your website, some webmasters prefer to take backups manually of their web files and databases. But to save time and be more productive there are many automated tools and services that can be combined and used to take backups.

    By Ahsan Parwez
    Posted July 11, 2014

  • Mailbag: You have to mention DNN 7.3

    Mailbag: You have to mention DNN 7.3

    So I'm halfway through my three month sabbatical from blogging and I get an email from my good friend, Shaun Walker. For those that don't know Shaun, he's the CTO and co-founder for DNN Corp. You know, the guy that started DotNetNuke. To make a long story short, Shaun wanted to remind me that the DNN community recently released 7.3 which focuses on platform performance. Shaun thought it would be a good idea to mention the release to readers here at CMS Report. Given that this was the man that identified wayback that the future of content management systems was in cloud, mobile and social media...it is difficult for me to ignore such requests.

    However, I'm not fully giving up my three-month break from blogging. Instead, I'll do what any good blogger in my circumstances would do...steal from Shaun's own blog post about DNN 7.3. It's the only way I know how to keep DNN fans happy while my summer plans stay intact.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 06, 2014

  • DCG updates their North American Guide to Web Content Service Providers

    DCG updates their North American Guide to Web Content Service Providers

    The nice thing with friends in high places is the ability to see advanced copies of guides and books before they hit the public. Digital Clarity Group (DCG) has announced the immediate availability of an update to the North American edition of its popular Guide to Service Providers for Web Content and Customer Experience Management. Over the past few days, I've combed through the pages and remain as impressed with the guide as I was with its original release. The 2014 publication presents new research on key trends in client-provider relationships and adds profiles of agencies and integrators not covered in the 2013 Guide.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted June 25, 2014

  • CMS and Marketing Automation: 5 Things to Remember When Considering Integration

    CMS and Marketing Automation: 5 Things to Remember When Considering Integration

    These days, everyone in the industry is talking about the importance of making eCommerce and CMS work together. Rightfully so. But I see another hot topic on the horizon, a bridge of sorts between content and marketing automation.

    Content Marketing and Marketing Automation are in many ways continuations of the same process: whereas content marketing focuses on getting visitors to your website, and engaging them meaningfully in the web environment, marketing automation is about lead nurturing- where the end goal is to hand over hot(ter) opportunities to sales. These two systems can reinforce one another to help your site generate revenue. Below are some key points to keep in mind when considering integration.

    By jmadej
    Posted June 13, 2014

  • 5 Worst Mistakes When Selecting a CMS

    5 Worst Mistakes When Selecting a CMS

    So your business has finally taken the crucial step of selecting a Content Management System. Perhaps it’s your first CMS, or perhaps you’re ready for the switch from a solution that just isn’t cutting it anymore. You want to get the most value you can out of your solution. You’re probably making lists of expectations, or products to compare. As you go through your selection process, don’t get overly wrapped up in processes only to lose sight of the bigger picture. Take a step back and make sure to avoid these pitfalls.

    By jmadej
    Posted June 10, 2014

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