Despite all the technology related companies in the Sioux Falls region, the one thing we've been missing is a great conference that really puts this city on everyone's map. That is why, thanks in parts to the effort of Blend Interactive, I'm expecting the Now What? Conference 2013 to be one of the most significant content related conferences I'll be attending this year. If your profession depends on web content and you know where Sioux Falls then I sincerely recommend you register for this event today. If by chance you miss the low early bird price, I wouldn't fret too much because even the standard price to attend is quite reasonable due to the high caliber of speakers that will be attending this conference.
For several years, CMS Report
has quietly maintained CMS Focus
which includes the top thirty content management systems that are on our
radar. Today, we officially listed Agility
onto the CMS Focus page. For those that have been paying attention, this change should come to no surprise to you. We've been working closely with Agility, Inc. the past year and recently migrated this site
onto the Agility CMS and their Magazine Publishing Suite. While this may be Agility's first day on the list, we have actually had them on our radar unofficially for some time now.
A few days ago, we relaunched CMS Report with a new layout and under a much different content management system than we've used in the past. This journey began more than two years ago
after realizing this site needed to evolve beyond my comfort zone. After being approached by Agility
nine months ago, new ideas quickly took form
and I decided to host the site using Agility's Magazine Publishing Suite. We're still smoothing out the rough edges of the new site but I think we've taken some important first steps. If you are truly passionate about content management and information systems then I hope you'll accept my invitation to stay with us because I think you're going to enjoy this ride.
During the Memorial weekend, I decided to pull the plug on the CMS related news feeds we were streaming into Planet CMS. One of CMS Report's biggest strengths has always been pointing people toward the right direction in their search for content management systems. Knowing that one site couldn't support all the stories that needed to be written about CMSs, we began to rely more heavily on using a news aggregator within our Drupal CMS to provide you the links and excerpts to articles written elsewhere. I did this all with good intentions, but Google apparently disagrees.
Google constantly changes their search and ranking algorithms intended in part to weed out sites that lacked original quality content. The algorithm, Google Panda, does this in part by penalizing sites that artificially raise their onsite content by using the content of others. Sites that aggregate content from other sites get hit pretty hard in Google's search rankings. I thought I was in the clear by only providing a short excerpt and not the full content of the article, but the drop in referrals over time from Google Search tells me otherwise.
I've mentioned on this blog a few times that CMSReport.com was never really meant to be a business or publication. It just happened. Six years ago, I started this journey I'm on with just my fascination for information systems and the little knowledge I had obtained on my own about content management systems. I was hungry to learn more and I started this site simply as a place to store my personal notes, bookmarks, and possibly share ideas with a few others. As many of you know, a lot has happened since the early years and I've been at crossroads for how to take CMS Report to the next level.
Last December, I received a call from Agility's Michael Assad who wanted bounce some ideas off me and potentially partner with me to make this site something more than it is now. Mike's solution was not only for him to work with me but also for me to become a client of the company he co-founded. While I liked the ideas Mike was bringing to the table, I have to tell you that I was a little apprehensive about letting someone else build a new site for me.
For years, the creation and management of web content fell under the auspices of one or two individuals within an organization. They may have been marketing managers, IT managers, or the once-ubiquitous “webmasters”. The advent of web content management systems (WCMS) changed all of that years ago, but many companies and organizations still rely on a disproportionately small number of staff to keep their website content moving. Complete Story
When it comes to social networking, websites such as Facebook and Twitter often come to mind. They function as a community for people with similar interests to share their ideas. Similar interests can range from religion, hobbies, to even shoe colors. We are social by nature, It’s our natural need to share knowledge and connect with others. Now more than ever, website owners and online businesses are starting to make use of social networking. Complete Story
As expected, this week the Drupal development team released Drupal 7.3 and Drupal 7.4. Drupal 7.3, a maintenance release which fixes security vulnerabilities is now available for download. Drupal 7.4 also fixes other issues reported through the bug tracking system. Upgrading your existing Drupal 7 sites is strongly recommended. There are no new features in these releases. For more information about the Drupal 7.x release series, consult the Drupal 7.0 release announcement. I usually…
Over the weekend, I decided to pull the trigger and upgrade CMSReport.com from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7. It's hard for me to believe that it has been almost half a year since Drupal 7 was released. This was a frustrating upgrade for me as I've traditionally upgraded CMS Report shortly after any new release of Drupal is out. In fact, I have sometimes upgraded a site before the release is official. As a content management system, my five-year hate-love relationship with Drupal is still going on strong.
It was five years ago that I posted in programmer tradition at CMS Report, "hello world". At the time, I expected CMSReport.com to be around for only a couple years which was more than enough time for it to fulfill my purpose. At the time, I had an academic interest in information systems and found that Web-based content management systems were a nice way to put theoretical ideas into practical know-how. This site focused on content management systems in hopes of meeting the few other people out there that shared my interests in CMS.