Content Management Systems


  1. Life before CMSes
    • Early sites were managed like yours: one HTML file per web page
    • The markup, the look and the content itself in every page
    • Files everywhere, hard to change (pour through coding, grep)
    • Mistakes (Owen Youngman updates tribune.htm)
    • Call out across the room when editing a file
    • Manual FTP
    • Not scalable
  2. Enterprise solutions popped up, custom solutions in Web 1.0.
    • Expensive
    • Desktop applications
    • Not flexible or adaptive
  3. Smaller sites priced out until blog revolution kicked in for real in 2002.
    • Open Source MySQL and PHP
    • Moved toward forms-based
    • Software as service (updates frequent)
  4. Benefits of CMSes
  5. Advantages and Disadvantages for designers:
    • Advantages
      • Client/others can maintain content
      • Consistency of design is preserved (others don’t mess with design after launch)
      • Coding templates not pages, simpler
      • Don’t have to use them on every project, it’s an option
    • Disadvantages
      • Detracts from idiosyncracies. how one page might differ from another. black background here, not there.
      • Consistency of design is preserved (others don’t mess with design after launch)
      • Additional technological investment
      • Can evolve in a not-so-good way. Sites can break if not maintained.
  6. CMS options
    • Easy: Scripts that isolate content or consolidate html. Maximum Flexibility.
      • Still files and FTP
      • PHP includes and image handling (D.O. site)
      • Stacey App without database
    • Easy: Tumblr or Cargo Collective.
      • They deal with hosting
      • Allow CSS changes
      • Provide CMS form to make changes.
      • Works well as actual blog (Feltron and Chimero)
    • Medium: Open Source WordPress and Movable Type.
      • Allow for multiple authors
      • Templates dictate design
      • Front end templates easy for all to understand
      • Plug-ins galore. Open-source community
      • Authors/editors add and edit posts
        • Show GMP MT
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        • Show theme editing
    • Medium/Hard: Expression Engine
      • Decent amount of setup, but simple backend
      • Pseudo-open-source.
    • Hard: Ruby on Rails and Drupal
      • Build from scratch, but open-source and has components
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