06 August 2009 11:23am
Good afternoon, I am looking to move a website built in Dreamweaver to a CMS system but with no in-house IT, technical or developer resource. Ideally I want to manage the process in-house or just buy-in technical support for the install and for a basic support package in-case of downtime. I have spoken to a few companies who have developed their own CMS systems but I am keen to know if there is a more broadly used CMS that might be more suitable to our needs and that will allow us a greater element of management control? Does anyone have any advice? Many thanks anon.
Marketing Manager at Ability Technology Group
06 August 2009 16:46pm
We use EPiServer - http://www.episerver.com/ - which was installed and setup by an external IT agency.
I've used DotNetNuke - http://www.dotnetnuke.com/ - elsewhere though and that seems pretty good.
06 August 2009 17:01pm
Thanks Jason - I've used DotNetNuke in the past but at the time it required quite a lot of customisation which I had to get a developer to do - based on that I've been thinking it might be too complicated for me - i'll take another look though and at EPiServer - thank you for your advice.
06 August 2009 17:13pm
We've been through a CMS implementation in the last 12 months. Initially we had minimal involvement from our IT department and used an external developer/implementer. Even if you don't need IT support for day to day content management and choose to use an external supplier for development, you may find that you'll need IT input for the following activities during and post your implementation:
I guess it depends what skill sets you have within your web/content management team.
07 August 2009 09:16am
Hi there, thanks for your response - the skills are very much design and marketing based. One option would be to work closely with a freelance developer who understands our chosen CMS and can provide ongoing support - alternatively it seems the other easiest option is to work with one of the smaller companies we have spoken to and adopt their CMS - this option worries me though as I don't want to get tied into using a CMS and losing ownership of our site moving forward and then finding out the CMS isn't scalable for instance, requiring costly add-ins etc. Or if for whatever reason the relationship goes stale and the system can't be supported elsewhere. I've had my fingers burned before with this so I am cautious, however time is moving on and I need to get something implemented. What CMS did you opt for in the end? BR
10 August 2009 17:40pm
We chose Alterian's Immediacy CMS. This handles content in an unstructured rather than structured format so it needed a fair bit of development for it to work. www.immediacy.net
Another product we'd looked at was http://www.sitecore.com/
If you can get your requirements really nailed down and create a very detailed functional and technical specification document upfront, this really helps.
We didn't have time to have a proof of concept developed but I would consider this if I do another CMS implementation in future. The product demos tend to focus on the experience of content editors and I think we would've benefited from seeing how the product works from the CMS administrators point of view. Also, I would allow more time for training the content team on the system before attempting the content migration from a legacy system.
Good luck with your project.
Freelance Web Consultant at architxt.net
11 August 2009 11:35am
There are all sorts of systems out there that cater for all sorts of functions. Some are free and some cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Without some information about how your site functions - your requirements - it's hard to give you advice.
How about posting the URL to your website as a start?
Digital Marketing Consultant at Fat Media Ltd
11 August 2009 12:58pm
We offer two content management systems. One written in classic asp and one written in .NET. Although this is our proprietary software it offers our clients a good level of on-going control. Some examples of websites built on these platforms can be seen below.
I can arrange an online demonstration if that would be useful?
CTO at Revalsys
13 August 2009 04:44am
We offer the most intutive Content Management System written in ASP.NET.
We have completely written it from scratch using the best architecture guided by Microsoft.
We also do web design and logo development along with content writing services.
Some of the examples of website built on our RevalCMS platform are as follows:
We are based out in India and can offer the best competitive price. I can promise you that no one can match our price and quality.
I can arrange for an online demonstration if that would be help you.
Revalsys Technologies Limited
Online Channel Manager at Sangamo Ltd
14 August 2009 23:20pm
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