Find the best CMS and start working with it to create web sites, blogs, communities, e-commerce sites, and intranets
About This Book
Understand different types of CMSs and select the one that best fits your needs
Install and customize a CMS with themes and plug-ins
Learn key concepts of Content Management Systems and how to systematically assess your requirements
Introduction to the major CMSs including Joomla!, Drupal, WordPress, Plone, Magento, Alfresco, and more
A hands-on, easy-to-read guide that gives you practical tips on hosting, project management, working with specialists and communities, and finding experts
Who This Book Is For
This book is written for anyone who wants to start a web site and is looking for a good CMS. It is best suited for people who are selecting a CMS for their sites and people who will manage a CMS. Knowledge of web basics is certainly helpful, but not needed.
What You Will Learn
Analyze your web site's CMS requirements, and identify the CMS options that best suit your needs
Explore the differences between the major CMSs, and understand which CMS option best fits your site
Assess your technical skill level and choose a CMS that combines ease of use with flexibility and power
Extensive discussion and quick start guides for several major CMSs: WordPress, Drupal, Joomla!, and more
Discover "speciality CMSs" for specific requirements: intranets, document sharing, community, e-commerce, blogging, and more.
Know how to choose the right developers and designers to customize the CMS to your requirements
Know what to do when your CMS plays up: troubleshoot, get help from the community, and make full use of the documentation
Make sure your web site gets the best hosting: find an ISP that can provide your CMS with the web hosting it needs, or learn about hosting the site on your own server
Investigate the plug-ins available for each CMS – plug-ins extend the power of a CMS, meaning that you can build features into your site that the CMS on its own might not provide
Section 1: Opening up to open source CMSs
Chapter 1: Do I even want an open source CMS? – When and how a content management system is useful. Why open source? Readymade or custom built?
Chapter 2: Exploring your options – Different CMS types, their purposes and different CMS technologies
Section 2: Thinking your choices through
Chapter 3: Understanding your site requirements – brainstorm and clarify your requirements, standard compliance, scale of the site, and key features
Chapter 4: Building the site – trying out CMSs, technical requirements, downloading and installation, configuration, creating navigation
Chapter 5: Content editing & maintaining the site – using WYSIWYG editors, adding pictures, publishing content, creating links
Chapter 6: Available plug-ins and templates – adding a photo gallery, customizing design via templates
Chapter 7: Extending and customizing – understand CMS's code quality, make code level changes to understand complexity
Section 3: CMSs by breed
Chapter 8: Blog CMSs – perform typical tasks with the top 3 blog choices, evaluate features
Chapter 9: Web CMSs – using top web CMSs, customizing them, and gaining key CMS skills
Chapter 10: E-Commerce CMSs – managing product/service-based e-commerce sites with CMSs; which would be best for you?
Chapter 11: Intranet/internal CMSs – internal sites for collaboration and communication, workflow, access privileges, and version tracking; Alfresco
Chapter 12: Specialized CMSs – CMSs that serve niches – e-learning, wiki, photo galleries, discussion forums and so on
Section 4: Open source CMS tips
Chapter 13: Hosting your CMS-powered site – selecting and working with a web host
Chapter 14: Working with CMS communities – asking questions, learning from documentation, and getting help
Chapter 15: Working with a specialist – finding experts, evaluating them, tips for project management, and outsourced teams
Chapter 16: Packt open source CMS award winners – Best CMSs voted by community and experts
There are many powerful open source CMSs available to take the pain away from managing a web site. These systems are feature rich, often easy to use, and free. Unfortunately, there are so many choices it's tough to be sure you're choosing the right one. How can you be sure that you are selecting and working with the right tool?
This book will guide you through choosing the right CMS for your needs. You can be confident in your choice of CMS for the needs of your project. It will also help you make a start using the CMS, and give you a feel for what it's like to use it – even before you install it yourself.
Are you bewildered by the many open source CMSs available online? Open source CMSs are the best way to create and manage sophisticated web sites. You can create a site that precisely meets your business goals, and keep the site up to date easily because these systems give you full control over every aspect of your site. Because open source CMSs are free to download, you have a huge amount of choice between the various systems.
Yet there are many open source CMSs to choose from, each with unique strengths – and occasionally limitations too. Choosing between the bewildering number of options can be tough.
Making the wrong choice early on may lead to a lot of wasted work, because you'll have a half-finished site that doesn't meet your initial requirements – and needs to be restarted from scratch.
This book will show you how to avoid choosing the wrong CMS. It will guide you through assessing your site requirements, and then using that assessment to identify the CMS that will best fit your needs. It contains discussions of the major CMSs, and the issues that you should consider when choosing: their complexity to use, their features and the power they offer. It discusses technical considerations such as programming languages and compliance with best practice standards in a clear, friendly way that non-technical readers can understand.
The book also contains quick-start guides and examples for the most popular CMSs such as WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal, so that you can experiment with these CMSs, get a feel for how they work, and start using them to build your site.
After reading this book, you can be confident that your CMS choice will support your web site's needs because you have carefully assessed your requirements and explored the available options.
Style and approach
This is a practical guide that takes a task-centered approach. Each task is stepped through with detailed instructions. You will come across many step-by-step examples with plenty of screenshots and resources. This book provides all the support and guidance you need as you begin to work with CMSs. It even has additional tasks that you can carry out to build your skills further. Everything is oriented towards managing content with a CMS.
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