Spring brought to South Dakota plenty of rain. The lawns are green, the flowers are in full bloom, and it seems we can't go beyond a couple days without a rain shower or thunderstorm. While water is usually plenty for my city, we do things smart around here and restrict water usage for our lawns year round. It's not uncommon in my part of the country to see the weather pattern quickly change from wet to dry. What once was green can turn brown in a hurry.
If you want a green yard when summer is in full swing, you will do best to respect the water restrictions and program your sprinkler controller the smartest way possible. Here in my city, watering lawns is not allowed during the hours of 12 p.m to 5 PM. Homeowners with even-numbered addresses may water lawns on even-numbered calendar dates and users with odd-numbered addresses may water lawns on odd-numbered calendar dates. Last summer though, my traditional sprinkler controller decided this responsibility was too much of a burden. The failing controller couldn't even keep the time of day correctly yet alone maintain an ideal watering schedule. So this May, I replaced my failing controller with Blossom's Smart Watering Controller in hopes of a greener lawn and a better sprinkler system.
Summer is upon us and it’s time to run to the beach, take off those layers—and realize you’ve gained a few winter pounds. But good news! The mobile phone stuck to your keister can help put it back into beach shape. Mobile apps such as those designed and built by Fueled have been revolutionary in changing the quality and efficiency of our lives, and multiple platforms exist for your different habits and tastes. Need a buddy to encourage your progress? A coach to scare and inspire you into shape? Fitness tracking and scientific data technology to bring you into the 21st century of fitness? Read below about five different social apps to help you get into shape for the beach.
Magnolia International, the company behind the award winning Magnolia CMS today celebrated a landmark year with numerous industry awards, strategic partnerships and global brands using the Magnolia platform for digital business. Magnolia continues strong license growth in Europe and North America. It has increased its global workforce by 30% and now has over 75 channel partners.
The main aim of any Magento store owner is to sell his products, and for that just to place them on the pages of your site is not enough. Selling is usually a result of promoting as it is the only way to let customers know about new goods and new brands available at your store. Promotion process can’t be chaotic: you need to have a strategy to follow. Amasty Team offers you 5 tips to start with to get your products promoted.
By using a Content Management System (CMS) web application; the creation, customization, and management of your website information becomes faster and much easier. You no longer need to master the web programming language just to be able to edit, preview, and publish content and web elements to your blog such as texts, animations, images, and video content. That is why a lot of businesses are now considering the need to leverage a CMS solution for their online presence.
CMS software applications come in various types and are offered by different vendors -- proprietary CMS tools hosted by web IT companies and open source systems such as Wordpress, Joomla, and Drupal. Not choosing the ideal CMS and not implementing the solution wisely can cause trouble once your website is officially launched. These pitfalls include slow speed, no available updates and support, the tendency of getting hacked (due to unsecure framework), and frustrations brought about by not meeting the expectations and demands of your business.
To avoid these pitfalls, we’ll discuss with you the top mistakes you must avoid when choosing and implementing a CMS solution.
I've been so busy lately that I haven't had time to put out a plug for my review of the Magnolia CMS on CMS-Connected last month. This was probably one of the easiest shows I've done in the sense that the Internet connection was good and the rest of the show seemed to complement my own segment well. My thanks to Boris Kraft, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer for Magnolia, for briefing me well about their product and spending some extra time with me during the demo.
Whenever a content management system first appears on my screen, I always look at whether the developers' initial claims are true. In this case, I'm looking at Microweber and its claim that their software offers a "new generation" CMS with "cool features and innovative concepts". Given that most of the software development in Microweber CMS is recent, from 2012 to present, the goals and claims are ambitious. Impressively, the CMS has already been translated into seven languages so far by its contributors. As word about this CMS beings to spread globally, it's time to dig a little deeper into Microweber.
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.
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.
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