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  • Weebly Review: A Worthy WordPress Challenger

    Weebly Review: A Worthy WordPress Challenger

    For a simple corporate website, brand site or web store, Weebly is an exceptional tool and worth a look. I don’t know of any CMS, including WordPress, that comes close to this level of usability and functionality for the price.

    By Michael Assad
    Posted January 02, 2014
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  • CMS Report's Top Ten Content Management Stories of 2013

    CMS Report's Top Ten Content Management Stories of 2013

    A constant worry of mine as CMS Report's editor is that we won't have enough articles to publish and give you reason to visit this little site of ours. Luckily, authors and contributors with interest in content management systems constantly prove that such my worries are unnecessary. This year almost 900 articles were submitted to CMS Report. I can't tell you how grateful I am for every article that was submitted to our site. Of those 900 submissions, we deemed only 300 of those articles worthy to publish based on quality of the writing and whether we felt the story was of interest to our readers.

    So do you want to know which CMS stories were the best of the best? Below are the top ten stories of 2013 that we posted here at CMSReport.com. The stories in this list are ranked based on the rate they were viewed since the article first appeared online.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted December 30, 2013
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  • The WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal Infographic

    The WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal Infographic

    Years ago, I quickly discovered there was great public interest in comparisons of open source content management systems such as Drupal and Joomla. When you throw WordPress into the mix and you can attract an even greater audience. Despite how much traffic such headlines draw people in, CMS Report has been pretty selective when we provide or point to such articles. There is some uncertainty whether there is genuine value being provided in feature comparison articles which is why I've shied away from them in recent years.

    Mike Assad, former CEO of Agility Inc., once told me that in his experience feature lists are rarely used to select your CMS but instead such lists are mostly used to justify the choice you've already made. There is some truth to that, because when selecting a CMS it is more a question of whether a CMS meets your needs and less about the quantity of features it provides.

    The most difficult comparison articles for reviewers to write are those that don't pick winners or losers but instead helps readers to pick a CMS for themselves. I believe Robert Mening, WebSiteSetup.org, shared this goal in his own.comparison of WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. Robert provides both an article and the following infographic in his comparison of the big three CMSs

     

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted December 27, 2013
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  • Quoting IT: You still need your IT department for your CMS

    Quoting IT: You still need your IT department for your CMS

    "Of course, the idea of making enterprise-grade software easier to use is a commendable one in the world of Web CMS.  That said, I’ve never seen a successful CMS project where either IT or Marketing/Business were left out of the decision making process."

    - Irina Guseva, Selecting a cloud CMS without your IT department - is that OK?, Real Story Group, December 18, 2018.

    By CMS Report
    Posted December 21, 2013
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  • Joomla! allows you to go your own way with Joomla Framework 1.0

    Joomla! allows you to go your own way with Joomla Framework 1.0

    A couple years ago, if you would have asked me what I thought about Joomla! I would have told you I think they've lost their way. Their community of developers seemed to be searching on how best to innovate and take risks with a well established stable content management system. I feared that the open source group was stuck looking back that all we could expect was dull incremental changes to their CMS. Despite the fear, I knew better. Open source communities have a way of reevaluating their priorities and produce spectacular results where you least expect them.

    In the second half of 2012, we started seeing something "new" from Joomla! As they started to embrace displaying and managing content on mobile devices, they also embraced the idea that not all core development has to be confined "in-house". With Joomla 3.0 they became the first major CMS that included the Twitter Bootstrap framework to make their CMS better in the mobile arena. This week, Joomla! has turned the tables and now offers the opportunity for you to allow their framework to make your own web applications better. With Joomla Framework 1.0, Joomla! has proven that they're much more than content management but also a platform for developers to spread their wings.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted December 13, 2013
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  • Opinion: Technology is no longer a disruptive force

    Opinion: Technology is no longer a disruptive force

    When Google announced in 2012 that they were bringing Google Fiber to Kansas City, my father called me and said he was interested. As an information technologist, I was excited. I told the “old man” that Google Fiber was going to change everything. Last month, Google Fiber finally came to my parents' neighborhood, and I made the six-hour drive to visit the house I grew up in.

    After watching my parents interact with Google Fiber, I confirmed not only that Google Fiber was a game changer, but I also discovered something I hadn't expected: in a world where technology companies prefer to deliver shock and awe, Google made every effort to deliver no surprises to homeowners. On the surface, my parents weren't doing anything different than they had before Google brought their tech to town. This ultimate game changing disruptive technology could not be more non-disruptive to the families who are about to consume it.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted October 25, 2013
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  • 8 Benefits of an Enterprise CMS

    8 Benefits of an Enterprise CMS

    So why is content management so important to the enterprise? The most vital asset that a company has is its data. As such, users must have immediate access to relevant data in order to maintain a successful business that can remain competitive within a given industry. Many companies have a tough time managing all of their data. They don't have a good system for organizing it and delivering it to users in a timely manner.

    Enterprise content management or ECM refers to the formal means of organizing and storing the documents and additional content for an organization that are relevant to its processes. The term includes all of the methods, techniques, and tools that are used throughout the duration of the content. There are real benefits for using an ECM and while this may be "stuff" we already know, it's good to remind ourselves why this is a valuable asset for your business.

    By  Kristen Gramigna
    Posted October 21, 2013
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