Last week, I received an email inviting me to take a sneak peak at a press release that became public today. In the email, I was asked if I would be interested in hearing "news from new open source startup, DRUD Tech, founded by a couple of long-time Drupal contributors". According to the email, the company has been in "stealth mode" quietly working on their new product which is ready for launch this week. Given that I'm a long time fan of the Drupal content management system of course I said yes.
As most of you know, earlier this year we rebranded the website CMS Report to this site, socPub. The website's new identity has allowed me, article contributors, and our readers to explore topics well outside the norm of conversations surrounding content management systems. Although we're going through a bit of growing pains with establishing a new identity under socPub, I'm fully committed to this new website. The change has been good for me and I'm once again inspired to write on topics that interest me.
Among various online sought after services, SEO or Search Engine Optimization clinches the highest demand these days. Everyone wants to find a professional and reliable SEO service provider so that his or her online business can flourish. Everyone wants to have professionally designed websites so that his or her online business platform looks good. However, at the same time, they know that having a good website is nothing if it has not been promoted in the right manner. For effective business promotion, you need SEO. However, SEO is not a simple thing to be described in a few words.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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: