5 Best Alternatives to WordPress for Beginners

Submitted by Alex Levitov on Wed, 09/06/2017 - 19:44

WordPress is one of the most popular website builders favored by almost every budding blogger and entrepreneur. The open source platform is can be customized and is compatible with almost every device, offering users a wide range of plugins and extensions for powerful content management and website development. However, WordPress is not always the best option for the websites build on a basic framework. For all its user-friendliness, WordPress does require a degree of technical expertise and coding skills. The extensive blogs and technical support though helpful can be quite exhausting to understand and implement.

Luckily, there are much better and simpler alternatives to WordPress out there which are more comprehensive and competent in handling the functionalities of your start-up. Listed below are five such alternatives to WordPress that you can check out:

Weebly

Weebly is one of the oldest and most well-known website building platforms that support both growing businesses and established enterprises. An easy to use and customizable platform, Weebly has a very minimalistic interface, very different from WordPress UI that’s crowded with widgets and tools. The intuitive drag and drop framework can be operated by almost anyone as it requires no coding knowledge. If you are looking for a simple yet powerful blog creation software then Weebly is your go-to site builder. Sure it lacks the complex technical features of WordPress or the extensive template collection of Wix and Squarespace, but the platform makes up for all that with its robust and solid solutions.

ESW Capital Acquires DNN Corp.

Submitted by Bryan Ruby on Tue, 08/29/2017 - 19:30

DNN Corp. has just announced that ESW Capital has acquired the company to further invest in the CMS platform as well as the DNN open source ecosystem.

"Together with the open source community, DNN Corp. has over a decade of experience enabling customers to be successful in managing their digital content," said Andy Tryba, the new CEO of DNN Corp., and added: "As mid-market firms continue to invest in content growth strategies - DNN's simple, cost-effective and extensible CMS platform is now mission critical."

Founded in 2006, DNN provides a suite of solutions for creating rich, rewarding online experiences for customers, partners and employees. DNN's products and technology are the foundation for 750,000+ websites worldwide. In addition to the commercial CMS, Evoq, DNN is the steward of the DotNetNuke Open Source Project.

ESW Capital is based in Austin, Texas and focuses on buying, strengthening, then growing mature business software companies. ESW and its affiliated companies have been in the enterprise software space since 1988, and the group includes notable brands such as Aurea, Ignite Technologies, Trilogy, and Versata.

"We are incredibly proud of having served both customers and community for over a decade. We are glad to see ESW’s commitment to build on the foundation we have laid," said Navin Nagiah, the outgoing CEO of DNN Corp., and added: "Given the dynamism in the world of content consumption, a powerful but simple-to-use CMS platform will continue to be critical for mid-market organizations."

SendGrid Improves Email Marketing Editor Experience

Submitted by Bryan Ruby on Fri, 08/04/2017 - 17:19

While I may be an old dog with decades of experience utilizing websites for marketing purposes, I'm more like a newborn puppy when it comes to email marketing. Until a couple years ago, I never utilized email campaigns or email newsletters in hopes to get more visits to my websites. My current email marketing service provider is MailChimp, but there is another customer communication platform that is on my radar, Colorado-based SendGrid.

This week, SendGrid announced a new editing experience for SendGrid Marketing Campaigns. The new email marketing editor addresses familiar pain points for marketers who previously had to choose between the convenience of visual design and efficient editing of code.

“Savvy, time-starved marketers crave elegant visual design tools that also allow them to quickly and safely edit HTML,” said Steve Sloan, Chief Product Officer at SendGrid. “With the enhancements made to the SendGrid Marketing Campaigns editor, marketers no longer have to choose one or the other. They are now equipped with the tools to choose their own path when editing for flexibility and efficiency, empowering them to drive high engagement from their campaigns.”

New flexible editing options give marketers the ability to edit in code, design view, or a mix of both, minimizes the risk of unwanted changes to custom HTML and delivers time savings and efficiencies. The improved editing experience benefits SendGrid customers whether they send campaigns via Marketing Campaigns or create API triggered templates through SendGrid’s delivery platform.

4 Common Mistakes of Small Business Web Design

Submitted by Guest Author on Wed, 08/02/2017 - 20:04

While the purpose of good web design is to make the user experience informative, useful, interesting, and enjoyable, it is quite common to find web developers tripping over basic design concepts that result in a negative impact on the ROI. Let’s take a look at some of the common mistakes that you must not make while developing a small business website.

Too Many Things Happening on the Site

Unless the user can immediately figure out what the website is all about, it is very likely that it will be abandoned for something more explicit. Often small business owners think that the user will never progress to the other pages so they tend to cram in as much content as possible on the home page. The result is clutter, slow loading, and a confused user. Try to only include vital information that serves to indicate what you offer and a clear navigation.

Too Less Happening on the Website

A diametrically opposite stance taken by many developers is a minimalist approach to website design. While it can definitely work when executed correctly, there are many websites that come across as completely cryptic, and users are left to draw their own inferences about the utility of the site. In these days when everyone is invariably in a hurry, there is very little chance of anyone stopping to explore a mysterious site unless there are some compelling reasons. Refer to my company, Las Vegas Web Design, to see some great examples of minimalist design.

Episerver Named a Leader in Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for WCM

Submitted by RealWire on Tue, 08/01/2017 - 19:58

Independent analyst firm positioned the unified content and commerce platform provider on its ability to execute and completeness of vision

Episerver, a global provider of a single platform to smartly manage digital content, commerce and marketing in the cloud, today announced its position in the “Leaders” quadrant of Gartner’s 2017 “Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management”.

Gartner evaluated Episerver alongside 18 other vendors in the report, recognizing the company as a leader based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute. After key investments last year in real-time personalization and omni-channel campaign management, Episerver is continuing to build out its unified web content management and digital commerce solutions including an enhanced initiative with Microsoft for Dynamics 365.

According to Gartner, “Leaders should drive market transformation. Leaders have the highest combined scores for Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision. They are doing well and are prepared for the future with a clear vision and a thorough appreciation of the broader context of digital business. They have strong channel partners, a presence in multiple regions, consistent financial performance, broad platform support and good customer support. In addition, they dominate in one or more technologies or vertical markets. Leaders are aware of the ecosystem in which their offerings need to fit. Leaders can:

Nuxeo Releases New Web UI for the Nuxeo Platform

Submitted by Bryan Ruby on Thu, 07/27/2017 - 19:45

Nuxeo has announced the release of Web UI, a brand new web client for the Nuxeo Platform. Nuxeo’s Web UI is built on a modern JavaScript stack (Polymer), leveraging Web Components to provide a responsive, configurable and extensible user interface that delivers a compelling new user experience (UX).

With this latest release, users can efficiently find and work with content most relevant to them. This personalization enables business users to get work done as quickly and efficiently as possible by automatically presenting them with their most commonly used actions, such as recently created documents and previews of pending workflow tasks.

“Our goal is to delight our users and improve their productivity, so we streamlined the most common user interaction patterns and embraced the latest UI technology to deliver a fantastic user experience,” said Alain Escaffre, VP Product Management, Nuxeo. “With several new groundbreaking features, like customizable menus, instant preview and live search, the Nuxeo Content Services Platform continues to lead the market in delivering a modern, compelling and optimized user experience.”

“The new Web UI represents a move to the new technical stack. Web UI improves the overall user experience, making it easier to access a wide range of features like advanced search, customizable quick filters or advanced analytics. Underneath the hood, Web UI is built on a modern JavaScript stack and Google Polymer, allowing developers to build applications that access massive amounts of content and complex data models at unmatched speed,” said Escaffre.

WordPress 4.8 introduces four new widgets

Submitted by Bryan Ruby on Thu, 06/08/2017 - 19:07

WordPress 4.8 is named "Evans" in honor of jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans.

WordPress 4.8 is now available and introduces users to new content management tools including three media widgets covering images, audio and video. The "Evans" release also includes link improvements, an updated text widget that supports visual editing, and an upgraded news and events section in your dashboard. 

When Matt Mullenweg announced the release of WordPress 4.8 he mentioned that this new version was built with you in mind. While the updates seem minor, he indicated that users will find that the improvements intuitive enough that "you’ll welcome [the changes] like an old friend".

New Widgets for WordPress

As mentioned, Wordpress includes three new media widgets and one rich text widget. Below is a description of all four widgets:

1. Image Widget

Adding an image to a widget is now a simple task that is achievable for any WordPress user without needing to know code. You simply insert your image right within the widget settings and see it appear automatically.

2. Video Widget

You can now add any video from the Media Library to a sidebar on your site with the new Video widget. WordPress gives examples of how this widget could be used including "to showcase a welcome video to introduce visitors to your site or promote your latest and greatest content".

An End of an Era: Mollom End-of-Life Announcement

Submitted by Bryan Ruby on Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:51

Sometimes I get too nostalgic over computers or software that I once used in my daily life. I remember my first computer (the Commodore Vic-20), I remember my first programming language (BASIC), and I remember my first spam filtering software for user generated content (Akismet). But nine years ago, a new spam filtering service originally intended for Drupal called Mollom emerged and I quickly forgot about the other spam blocking software.

I was first introduced to Mollom by Dries Buytaert via an invitation to beta test the service on my websites. After installing Mollom, the amount of time I spent moderating anonymous comments for potential spam was significantly reduced. In less than three years, Mollom had blocked more than 100,000 pieces of spam on one of my websites. Along the way, Mollom was acquired by Acquia and would record blocking over 13.5 billion spam comments worldwide since its inception.

It was a good run for Mollom but unfortunately the end is near. An end-of-life announcement has been placed on the Mollom website notifying users that Acquia will no longer be supporting the service after April 2, 2018.

DNN Announces New Liquid Content Channels for Omnichannel Publishing

Submitted by CMS Report on Wed, 04/26/2017 - 23:42

Assemble Content and Publish Seamlessly to Devices, Apps, Social Channels and Websites

SAN MATEO, Calif., April 26, 2017 – Today, DNN Software announces an assortment of new channels in Liquid Content™, the omnichannel publishing system central to its Evoq CMS. With the general availability of Evoq 9.1, Liquid Content can seamlessly publish to devices such as Amazon Echo, and applications such as Facebook Messenger, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

The new Liquid Content channels help marketers surface content to customers when and where it’s needed. Marketers need a CMS that’s adaptable and fluid, as consumption patterns shift from websites to apps to Internet of Things (IoT).

“As devices and channels proliferate, and as voice search becomes more prominent, marketers need a CMS that can create content once and have it published to any channel. This helps them reach customers wherever they happen to be,” said Navin Nagiah, CEO of DNN Software.

According to Mick MacComascaigh, Research VP and Jim Murphy, Research Director at Gartner Research, “Web content management (WCM) is now regarded as a mission-critical component for many solutions that support digital business strategies. Application leaders that focus only on the short-term requirements of simple content management and delivery on a single channel without considering mid to long term functionality growth will meet the biggest challenges when trying to choose the most suitable product.”

New Joomla 3.7 Offers Seven Significant Improvements

Submitted by Bryan Ruby on Tue, 04/25/2017 - 21:31

This week, the Joomla! Project announced the release of Joomla 3.7. This new release in the Joomla! 3 series features over 700 improvements to the popular content management system, including many features which "make administration of Joomla! Web sites easier and more feature-rich, as well as several security updates". The following are the seven biggest new feature improvements socPub.com found in Joomla 3.7.

1) Custom Fields

Administrators now have the ability to add Custom Fields to their articles, users, and contacts. Extension developers can also use this feature within their own custom Joomla! Extensions. With Custom Fields, there are now 15 different field types that can be utilized to structure more complex content entry systems which in-turn allows content authors to easily enter their data in a standard manner and display it consistently for site visitors.

2) Multilingual Associations Component

The Multilingual Associations Component allows administrators and authors to easily translate content from one single, unified interface. 

3) Improved Workflow

A category, article, or menu item can now all be created in one step from within the menu manager.

4) New Backend Menu Manager

Intended for sites where multiple people are accessing the Backend/Admin-side of the site is the ability to easily manage the admin menu with the new Backend Menu Manager. Now one can can create custom menus for the Backend just like you can for the Frontend. This feature allows site administrators to control which users can see what admin menu options