Content Management with Drupal / WordPress

Get the Most out of Your CMS

Every site we build provides our customer with the ability to edit their own pages easily using content management systems (CMSes). Our primary focus is on Drupal but we also work with WordPress quite regularly, including migrating from WordPress to Drupal and vice versa. We also build sites using the Orchard CMS, which runs on .Net MVC framework.

Of course, sometimes converting a site to another CMS makes less financial sense than making improvements to the existing system. It is also a matter of picking the right tool for the job.

    Drupal

    Allows for maximum flexibility and granular control. It is a framework, more than just a CMS. It can be used for much more than just maintaining content. All Drupal modules are free and open-source, and the Drupal community puts a great emphasis on not duplicating functionality. This fosters quality, well-tested code; code is tested both by automated tests and by members of the Drupal community. 

    WordPress

    A great blogging platform that can also handle many CMS functions, although not with the level of robustness or granularity offered by Drupal in terms of fields, views, and interconnectedness/reusability of page data. WordPress plugins are usually "freemium", and most decent WordPress sites will need to purchase at least a couple commercial plugins. WordPress plugins aren't subjected to quite the level of scrutiny that Drupal code is, but there are some really great plugins out there. 

    You Manage the Content — We'll Manage the Code

    We specialize in building and converting sites so that you can maintain your pages yourself, and train you until you are comfortable using the CMS. Our CMS sites are built with open source software that can be extended to include almost any functionality you can dream up: ask us and we'll help you plan it. Adopting a CMS allows your site to grow with your needs, without getting locked into expensive licensing arrangements. Depending on the particular requirements of a project, that may mean going with Drupal, Joomla, WordPress or other systems. We are not married to a particular software: we use what works best for each customer. However, we do use Drupal in the majority of our projects because of the level of control it offers over all parts of the site.

    The whole point of a CMS is to manage content without needing to know PHP, HTML, CSS, or any coding at all. Your IT budget is best spent on actual IT work, not on paying a developer to make content changes. Every CMS still requires occasional security updates, though. Your web server also needs to be looked after to keep hackers and spammers out. After we build your new site or redesign/adjust your existing one, we'll stick around to keep your site humming long into the future.

    Drupal and WordPress both offer these features to some degree:

    • Open-source
    • Easy to use page editor
    • SEO optimization
    • E-commerce
    • Forums / discussion boards
    • User registration & accounts
    • User pages & profiles
    • Social media integration
    • Multilingual content
    • RSS feeds
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