Website Content Management System
Grable Graphics makes having a Content Management System extremely affordable. We utilize a custom built version of Joomla!; one of the most supported, award-winning content management system available. In the past, having a content management system on your website meant spending well into the tens of thousands of dollars, sometimes even millions of dollars. Now, you can utilize a content management system that rivals the CMS that Fortune 500 Companies use and at a very affordable cost.
What is a content management system (CMS)?
A content management system is software that keeps track of every piece of content on your website, much like your local public library keeps track of books and stores them. Content can be simple text, photos, music, video, documents, menus or just about anything you can think of. A major advantage of using a CMS is that it requires almost no technical skill or knowledge to manage. Since the Content Management System manages all your content, you don't have to.
What are some real world examples of what a CMS can do?
A CMS is used all over the world to power websites of all shapes and sizes. Content Management Websites are used in all of the following types of websites:
- Corporate websites or portals
- Corporate intranets and extranets
- Online magazines, newspapers, and publications
- E-commerce and online reservations
- Government applications
- Introducing broker websites
- Fraternity and sorority websites
- Small business websites
- Non-profit and organizational websites
- Community-based portals
- School and church websites
- Personal or family homepages
Most Common CMS Features and Options
Some of the most common Content Management System features our clients request are listed below. All of these features have been implemented by Grable Graphics on various client websites.
- Fully Dynamic Calendar Systems
- Dynamic Menu Systems
- Photo Galleries
- XML / RSS Feeds / Syndication
- User Management
- Online Community
- Forums / Message Boards
- Shopping Carts
- Online Product Catalogs
- eNewsletter Sign-up Integration
- Events Registration
- Online Helpdesk
- Donation Websites
- Document Management
- News Management
- And More!!!
What CMS does Grable Graphics use?
Grable Graphics uses a custom built version of the award-winning WordPress content management system, which enables us to build websites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made WordPress the most popular website software available.
Here are just a few examples of Web sites that use the WordPress CMS. (Please note that these websites were not designed by Grable Graphics)
Here are just some of the features that WordPress offers:
WordPress has a registration system that allows users to configure personal options. There are nine user groups with various types of permissions on what users are allowed to access, edit, publish and administrate.
Authentication is an important part of user management and WordPress support multiple protocols, including LDAP, OpenID, and even Gmail. This allows users to use their existing account information to streamline the registration process.
The Media Manager is the tool for easily managing media files or folders and you can configure the MIME type settings to handle any type of file. The Media Manager is integrated into the Article Editor tool so you can grab images and other files at any time.
It's easy to set up banners on your Web site using the Banner Manager, starting with creating a client profile. Once you add campaigns and as many banners as you need, you can set impression numbers, special URLs, and more.
The Contact Manager helps your users to find the right person and their contact information. It also supports multiple contact forms going to specific individuals as well as groups.
If you want to find out more about your users, it's easy to create polls with multiple options.
Help navigate users to most popular search items and provide the admin with search statistics.
Web Link Management
Providing link resources for site users is simple and you can sort them into categories, even count every click.
WordPress's simplified three-tiered system of articles makes organizing your content a snap. You can organize your content any way you want and not necessarily how it will be on your Web site. Your users can rate articles, e-mail them to a friend, or automatically save a PDF (with UTF-8 support for all languages). Administrators can archive content for safekeeping, hiding it from site visitors.
On public Web sites, built-in e-mail cloaking protects email addresses from spambots.
Creating content is simple with the WYSIWYG editor, giving even novice users the ability to combine text, images in an attractive way. Once you've created your articles, there are a number of pre-installed modules to show the most popular articles, latest new items, newsflashes, related articles, and more.
Syndication and Newsfeed Management
With WordPress, it's easy to syndicate your site content, allowing your users to subscribe to new content in their favorite RSS reader. It's equally easy to integrate RSS feeds from other sources and aggregate them all on your site.
The Menu Manager allows you to create as many menus and menu items as you need. You can structure your menu hierarchy (and nested menu items) completely independent of your content structure. Put one menu in multiple places and in any style you want; use rollovers, dropdown, flyouts and just about any other navigation system you can think of. Also automatic breadcrumbs are generated to help navigate your site users.
Templates in WordPress are a powerful way to make your site look exactly the way you want and either use a single template for the entire site or a separate template for each site section. The level of visual control goes a step further with powerful template overrides, allowing you to customize each part of your pages.
Integrated Help System
WordPress has a built-in help section to assist users with finding what they need. A glossary explains the terms in plain English, a version checker makes sure you're using the latest version, a system information tool helps you troubleshoot, and, if all else fails, links to a wealth of online resources for additional help and support.