Design

socPub: Introducing CMS Report "Lite"

Submitted by Bryan Ruby on Sun, 09/17/2017 - 13:48

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.

Nevertheless, there is a very loyal segment of longtime readers that want CMS Report back. While some readers want the old site returned for personal reasons, others have expressed a professional need to cite articles from reputable CMSReport.com for their information and are uncomfortable with referencing an "unknown" website like socPub. For this reason, I've decided to introduce a new slimmed-down version of CMS Report. Moving forward, all new content management articles we publish at socPub will also be found at CMS Report.

Within the next two weeks I plan to publish a follow-up article that talks about "lessons learned" from the rebrand. This article will also better explains how CMS Report fits in as a "channel" for socPub. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them below in the comment section at socPub.

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.

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.

CMS Report is now socPub

Submitted by Bryan Ruby on Mon, 04/17/2017 - 05:49

We're no longer yesterday's CMS Report. Less than ten days ago, I started the process to migrate this website's content management system from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8. During the migration I decided it was also time for a rebrand by listing the site under a new name and a new domain. We're now socPub and registered under the domain socpub.com.

What does socPub mean? Absolutely, nothing.

Several years ago, I had the idea of using the domain for a niche website focused on social publishing and neither of those two things happened. Looking back, I'm glad I didn't move forward on the project. Today, no one really talks about social publishing in the way it was originally envisioned. But also, I have too many interests to want to run another website where the name itself limits the topics a site covers. socPub has no meaning today in order to give us a chance to be a lot of things tomorrow.

But if you paid attention, you shouldn't be surprised that I've said goodbye, at least for now, to the CMS Report brand. A year ago, I wrote that this was what I was going to do.

4 Web Design Trends that will Change the Face of Small Businesses

Submitted by Guest Author on Sat, 04/01/2017 - 22:11

Can you remember how the first websites looked like? Some looked funny while others appeared complicated enough to launch a rocket in the moon. A couple of years down the line, significant changes are evident. Modern websites are not only sleek but also user friendly. They also contain answers to most of our daily needs. That is enough. We might want to say customers have reaped huge benefits from such changes, but the truth is business owners have gained even more.

The web design evolution is on; it never stops. In future, trends are expected to shift further. While it is good to remain optimistic and wait for more changes in the future, it is fair enough appreciating the existing trends. For any business owner aimed at boosting revenues and taking his business to the next level, having in mind certain revolutionary web design trends in the business world is necessary. Let’ take a walk through some of them.

1. Responsive Web Design

In a world where smartphones control nearly all activities, it is irrational to ignore the influence of responsive web design. Several years back, internet was all about desktops, and spending countless of hours behind huge computer screens. That has changed over time. Many people now prefer phones for browsing, reading online, and even making purchases online. In a recent survey, it was revealed that 75% of all American adults use both desktop and mobile device to view contents on the internet. Ignoring such a powerful statistic is almost suicidal.

5 CMS Trends for a Future Website Owner to Consider in 2017

Submitted by Julia Blake on Fri, 03/17/2017 - 22:55

The Internet is the most popular and effective tool used by contemporary people. It doesn’t matter whether you what to do business or to have fun, you can’t keep up with the rest of the world without the Web. Surfing the Internet on regular terms, at a certain moment, you will feel the necessity to become the part of it yourself.

If you decide it is high time to launch your own website the first thing you should do is to find a high-quality CMS (‘Content Managing System’) for it. The best news about starting a website nowadays is that you don’t need to bother about coding or hiring a professional anymore. You will be able to do everything yourself since many CMS developing companies make their best turning website creation into an effortless process which can be easily carried on by a non-professional.

Still, not to hurry is a very wise strategy in this. First, think carefully about what you expect from a website. Without any doubt, you realize that a lot depends on the content you are going to add to the website. If you are a financial adviser, the set of features important for you will differ greatly from the ones needed by a photographer. So, the best thing to start with is to make up a list of CMS features you will require for achieving the result you aim at.  If you don’t have the exact idea of what you really need, it will be very easy to mislead you. As a result, you will have a website with the features you will never use but lack some vital options.  

Here are some important features developed by most famous CMS designing companies you may find helpful:

Four Mistakes to Avoid When Picking a CMS

Submitted by Guest Author on Tue, 02/28/2017 - 22:43

There are many reasons why you should consider using a content management system (CMS). The top reason for using the CMS is because it makes the creating and editing of content simple and easy. You will also have access to an arsenal of remarkable web design tools to make your work easier. All in all, how well the CMS serves you will depend on the service provider you end up choosing. If you are searching for the right CMS to use, you have to avoid the following mistakes.

1. Choosing a geek-friendly CMS

As a developer, the first thing you need to remember is that not everyone is tech savvy. Even if you find a remarkable platform that you like, you have to account for the needs of your customers. Will they be able to comfortably use it once your work is done? You have to make sure that the customer will be able to use the platform without any problem. In the long run, it pays to pick a CMS that has a simple admin interface. At times, you may have to customize the interface more in order to meet the needs of your customer.

MotoCMS: 3 Simple Ways to Create a Professional Business Website Yourself

Submitted by Julia Blake on Mon, 02/20/2017 - 17:26

In the contemporary world, most people are well aware of the fact that no serious business can successfully function offline.  If you do not have a personal website, thousands of prospective clients will never learn anything about your products or services, no matter how excellent they are. But what to do if you don’t know anything about the art of web programming? What to do if you are only a beginner in business and you don’t have enough money to hire a professional?  Luckily, the absence of experience and money is not a problem anymore.  

Nowadays the Internet is bristling with numerous offers from website developing companies. They propose most attractive and easy ways of creating high-quality websites. Moreover, everyone can cope with this task without any special knowledge now! Still, this wide choice also may be a problem because it is so difficult not to get lost and to choose the best variant.

Let me introduce MotoCMS - a great solution for those who are looking for an efficient way of creating a professional website. Why?

There are several really good reasons to do so:

2500+ Ready-Made Templates 

Be creative and express yourself! It is so elementary with such a choice. You only need to pick the one which answers your expectations and get an awesome website for your business.

User-Friendly Drag’n’Drop Editor

This website creator makes customizing your website an easy task. Go ahead and construct your own fairy castle out of the pre-made blocks. Just drag and drop – and here you are!