eBOOK RELEASE: Leveraging Content Management

Our latest ebook on understanding the pros and cons of content management is out!  This book will give you some insight as to whether content management tools will be a benefit to your business’s online presence and which ones to consider.

Download a copy of this ebook for FREE right here….

Topics covered in the book:

  • What is content management
  • Static vs. dynamic websites
  • Overview of the three types of content management systems
  • Evaluating your needs for content management

Sample excerpt from ebook

Static vs Dynamic Websites

In the beginning all websites were static. Webpages consisted of file on the server with the .html extension that use the Hypertext Markup Language to express the way the browser was expected to present the page. Soon (approximately 1993) it was enhanced with server side scripts using the CGI standard (Common Gateway Interface) that allows the web server to delegate the generation of the web content. This has evolved into a number of related extensions and architectures that essentially allow the web server to pass the request to a linked or embedded process to run code to generate a webpage.

These techniques revolutionized websites form static files to dynamic process that could change and respond to requests from viewers.

When can a static site still be the best solution?

There are times when a pencil and paper is still the best solution, similarly on the web there are still times when the static webpage is still the best solution. Some quick examples:

  1. Minimal overhead for simple 1-4 pages sites.
  2. Custom features or styles that might be difficult to support or develop in the current CMS systems.
  3. At times it is the most cost efficient way to maintain some types of content presentations.
  4. Never a limitation – Working within a CMS system means that the programmer must “follow the rules” of the CMS framework. This can sometimes mean that the programmer finds themselves “crossing the road by way of China”. What that means is there are times when the quick turnaround or deployment of new features on a website would be inhibited by the CMS overhead.

At what point does a dynamic site become a serious consideration?

At some point your website becomes a repository of information that evolves and changes. This generally requires a database and a way of serving content based on different conditions or queries. Many modern business websites are falling into this requirement. Another consideration is the ability to manipulate the pages without any knowledge of HTML or CSS. Given together the following conditions for the website owner would indicate that a dynamic system should be considered:

  1. Comfort with web interfaces and technology.
  2. Basic technical skills or understanding. (i.e. familiar with standard web based forms: uploading, downloading, layout, and posting)
  3. Available technical support (Examples: Involved in support groups online or locally or local web business or educational organizations that provide support. SonicSpider’s SonicWebTech.com program.)
  4. Automated tools for aggressive SEO.

At this point we will assume that you want to consider a dynamic web system. One way for the non or limited (programming) technical person to do this is though modern Content Management Systems for the web.

This ebook is compiled by John B. Moore the Technical Director and founder of  SonicSpider LLC.

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John Moore

About John Moore

John Moore is the co-founder of SonicSpider, LLC in San Diego County, California. John is our head Internet developer, overseeing the direction of our technical services. He has been programming in a variety of languages for more than 25 years, first as the owner of the consulting and system architect/design company, Micro-Phyla Systems, which provided services to enterprise level companies, and then as a principle with SonicSpider LLC. SonicSpider has two primary divisions, SonicWebTech for programming, ecommerce solutions, and general web oriented technical assistance - and RightStart Websites, specializing in WordPress, which provide low cost web packages and website enhancements that can span your needs from "do it yourself" to "do it all for me". John is also a PayPal Certified Developer and has extensive experience with many payment gateway solutions.
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