Journal - Tagged ‘ Content Management (CMS) ’

Some witterings from the team at Hutchhouse...



An extensive website built to represent this successful archiving business

Like your website design but not so keen on your content management system?

Like your website design but not so keen on your content management system?

Having an aesthetically pleasing website for your company is most definitely a satisfying feeling.  However, a lot of websites suffer once you access the CMS (Content Management System) and realise that you need a degree in rocket science to use it. Frustrating in most cases, infuriating in others, your content management system is off putting and tiresome to use.

Writing hierarchical web content with clear objectives

Writing hierarchical web content with clear objectives

A website’s user interface ultimately needs to fulfil a purpose. Often it can have a single goal such as creating an enquiry or can often need to perform a selection of useful functions like searching, booking and purchasing. However big or small your requirement might be, well structured user interface design and a considered website content strategy will always come into play.

All too often we see websites that perform lots of tasks adequately, but rarely fulfil the objectives of a) the site user and b) the website owner.

Why should you develop a website and a mobile site?

Why should you develop a website and a mobile site?

With the emergence of mobile web in recent years, having a mobile site for your business or charity is becoming more important than ever. Here’s a couple of reasons why…

Back-end Development

Back-end DevelopmentKey to the delivery of your web project, will be our web development team. The aim of our web developers is to produce a fully functioning web site or web application, to specification, using best practices and the best coding techniques available.

In conjunction with our front-end web development team, we build server side applications to support your project. We use, almost exclusively, use open source languages and frameworks to deliver whatever your project requires and have a range of skills to bring to the party.

Back-end Development

The aim of our back-end web development team is always to produce the best result for the specific project they are working on and that means you are going to benefit greatly from using them. If they are building a content management system then it will be intuitive to use and give you the flexibility required without being overcomplicated and full of redundant features. We build everything with a DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) philosophy and apply test driven principles wherever we can. Our code is of a very high standard, is always approached and planned to be as efficient and easy to read as possible and is extensible (allowing room for future updates and extension).

We use established frameworks for rapid development, such as Laravel (PHP) and Express (Node.js), with masses of experience in using relational databases such as MySQL and also document based databases such as Mongo. This means that we can build just about anything… and it’ll work with speed and efficiency.

3rd Party Software integration

We are also experts in the integration of a number of 3rd party software, for example;

Can we help you? Get in touch.

Content Management Systems (CMS)

Content Management SystemA content management system (CMS) is an application which allows users to update the content of a website or application without any knowledge of HTML or CSS. It heightens your online potency by allowing you to control what you say, whenever you want.

The advantages of content management systems

As opposed to the traditional ‘hard coded’ approach, the use of content management systems puts you in control of website content. This usually means that you can add, edit and remove content on the site such as pages, news articles, blog content and web forms. The content that’s manageable includes imagery, text, movies, SEO meta data and files – making you ‘in charge’ of your site’s tone of voice and, importantly, search engine optimisation. Fresh content, indeed, any relevant content, will improve the SEO ranking of your site. A content management system provides you with the tools you need to make sure your site is, and remains, a success.

A full featured content management system

The system we use is bursting with the all the expected features of a modern CMS; addition, update, deletion, versioning and management of web pages, images, downloads, video and web forms. It also has a useful workflow system for interaction between the CMS users (for example an editor creates the content, sends it to a publisher, who publishes it live on your site). The system is extremely flexible and configured to your requirements so that you enjoy the functionality without massive redundancy of features (which is common with off-the-shelf systems).

Micro-content management system

This covers smaller content management systems designed for allowing the update of portions of your site (like news) and also the update of existing page content. One major difference is that whereas full feature CMS systems allow the control of the site’s site-map, a micro-CMS generally does not. At Hutchhouse we offer our own micro-CMS as well as being able to use 3rd party systems such as Perch.

Read more about the do’s and don’ts of content management in our blog post – Managing your CMS.