Content Management System Administration

Managing Your Web Content

Whether your website houses multiple anthologies or dozens of recipes, organizing that content in a way that helps you as the owner, and users consuming that information, should be a business requirement. A content management system is a software application that allows for the creation, customization, and management of content within a digital platform or web-based environment. The good thing about a CMS is that you don't have to be tech-saavy in order to use one. Before you learn how to use one, you have to choose which one to use. Let Black Rose Creative help.

Open-Source vs. Closed Source

A proprietary CMS, or a CMS that is owned by a particular individual or company, allows you to use the CMS after purchasing a license. As with any kind of prescription-based system, the user can choose from varying levels of service – beginner to advanced – at an additional cost. In some closed-source environments, the proprietary CMS requires the customer to hire certified personnel when fulfilling staffing needs. Another thing to keep in mind with proprietary platforms is the environment you create will only work if it is hosted by the CMS owner. For example, for products like Wix and other template-based environments, users are required to log in through a portal. All of the work is saved to the environment, and oftentimes cannot be exported out in the exact same way, if the user chooses to move away from the CMS.

An open-source CMS, on the other hand, is available for anyone to use however they want without having to purchase a license. In addition, a tremendous asset to the longevity and versatility of an open source CMS is the community that supports the environment. Because the coding is usually a universal language, and because the actual platform is free to use, the number of issues that arise, and more importantly, the number of solutions provided by the community, improves the quality of that CMS and the value of it for potential now clients.

Open-Source CMS

But, which open-source CMS is the best for you? There are many available, and all of them essentially do the same thing, so how do you choose? Here are the open-source CMS platforms endorsed by Black Rose Creative:

Drupal

Drupal.orgDrupal is content management software. It's used to make many of the websites and applications you use every day. Drupal has great standard features, like easy content authoring, reliable performance, and excellent security. But what sets it apart is its flexibility; modularity is one of its core principles. Its tools help you build the versatile, structured content that dynamic web experiences need.

 

 

Black Rose Creative builds custom website solutions using the Drupal CMS. We chose Drupal for the robust module library and the extensive global Drupal development community. You can see some of the websites we've created using Drupal here.

 

WordPress

wordpress.orgWordPress started as just a blogging system, but has evolved to be used as full content management system and so much more through the thousands of plugins and widgets and themes, WordPress is limited only by your imagination. (And tech chops.)

 

 

We first gained experience with CMS via Moodle and some proprietary solutions in the professional world, but, we started exploring personal blog creation with the rise of Blogger.com and that eventually led us to WordPress. It's got some great out-of-the-box solutions for quick launches, but, for all it's bonuses, there are certainly some setbacks and weaknesses to the world's most popular CMS. We have extensive knowledge about the plugins and the interface, though we prefer to work in Drupal.

Proprietary (Closed-Source) CMS

SharePoint

Microsoft SharepointSharePoint empowers teamwork with dynamic and productive team sites for every project team, department, and division. Share files, data, news, and resources. Customize your site to streamline your team’s work. Collaborate effortlessly and securely with team members inside and outside your organization, across PCs, Macs, and mobile devices.

 


While we do not prefer to use closed-source CMS, we do have experience with SharePoint. Because of the similarity between the two applications, it is basically the Microsoft Word for web entities. If you know how to manage Word, you can handle SharePoint with a little familiarization.

Tridion

S D L Tridion C M SPowerful content management solutions to manage content creation, relevancy and dynamic delivery to optimize your digital experience.

 

 


Tridion emphasizes the connection between the user and their submitted data with a robust tracking system interconnected with the CMS. We have experience working with migrations from Tridion into Drupal, but we do not currently have any environments within Tridion due to the cost of licensing the software.

Let's Get Started!

We're eager to help you get your legs, or, gain some momentum regardless of where you're at right now. Let Black Rose Creative meet fulfill your Content Management and CMS Administration needs. Please, let us know how we can help.