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Commonly overlooked issues

From: CMS Fundamentals

Video: Commonly overlooked issues

In the last movie, I talked about some of the core features that you should consider when picking a CMS. In this movie, I want to talk about a few equally important features that are often overlooked until a CMS is installed and in use. Now unfortunately, that's usually the wrong moment to realize you have a problem on your hands. So be sure to pay close attention to these when comparing systems. First, take a close look at the security offered by your CMS. Having your site hacked is the last thing you want, especially if e-commerce is a component of your site and you're storing sensitive client information.

Commonly overlooked issues

In the last movie, I talked about some of the core features that you should consider when picking a CMS. In this movie, I want to talk about a few equally important features that are often overlooked until a CMS is installed and in use. Now unfortunately, that's usually the wrong moment to realize you have a problem on your hands. So be sure to pay close attention to these when comparing systems. First, take a close look at the security offered by your CMS. Having your site hacked is the last thing you want, especially if e-commerce is a component of your site and you're storing sensitive client information.

Now the main problem here is that accurately judging the security features of a CMS can be pretty difficult. Now I'm betting you won't find a single CMS that doesn't list security as one of their important features. If you lack the technical expertise to test this yourself, read the user forums carefully to see if security issues are common. This is also one area where bringing in a professional will pay off in the long run. Hiring a consultant to evaluate the security level of your candidate systems, and even assisting you in setting up the security settings of your install is a good idea.

Be sure to closely examine your CMS's search capability. Search is one of the most awesome baked-in features of any CMS, and it's often the most overlooked as well. If your web site is driven by content, people need to be able find it in an intuitive manner and through multiple options. While demoing a CMS, pay attention to how well the search feature works. Is the search fast and responsive? Can you perform basic searches as well as more advanced filtered searches to help narrow down the results? How well those results displayed, and can you customize this? Dig into the documentation, and find out how the CMS indexes your content.

Does it index the entire page or just the categories? Do you need external documents like PDF and Word files indexed, and if so, do those capabilities exist? Another thing that you want to carefully explore is the code that the CMS generates when creating pages. Is it lean, standards-compliant, and accessible? Often people will look carefully at a system's feature set but pay no attention at all to the code that the CMS actually generates. Bloated code, inaccessible links and content, and coding errors can result in poor site performance, and lower page rankings on search engines.

Make sure the links are search engine friendly and don't end in long string of generating characters. At this point, there is simply no excuse for a CMS not to output clean, well-structured, standards-based HTML. If you don't see this, consider using another CMS. You should also closely examine the license you agreed to when selecting a CMS. If you're paying a license fee, this fee is often per seat, so make sure you understand how this can impact your overall cost upfront.

Proprietary CMSs also often limit what you can do with the system in terms of extending or changing the internal code. If you have a development team that plans to make changes to the system, you might be agreeing to a license that prevents you from doing that. You should also explore the license even if you're using a so-called open-source CMS. Well, many of these are covered under the very generous new General Public License, there are many, many licenses that are considered open source that have varying degrees of restrictions.

Bottom line, understand what you are and what you're not allowed to do under your license agreement and find one that works for your needs. Finally, don't overlook the documentation available for a CMS. Documentation can be sparse or often unorganized, especially with open-source content management systems. Find one that has detailed documentation that is organized and written in a style that's clear to you, or whoever will be implementing your system. Look for install or quick-start guides that will walk you through the process of becoming familiar with the system.

No matter which CMS you choose, you're going to have a learning curve that will take some time. Well-written documentation can greatly lower this learning curve and make it easier for you to handle any problems that might crop up down the line.

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CMS Fundamentals

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  1. 2m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. What CMS means for this course
      1m 44s
  2. 22m 52s
    1. What is a CMS?
      2m 47s
    2. The evolution of CMSs
      4m 4s
    3. CMS types
      6m 7s
    4. Basic CMS capabilities
      5m 4s
    5. When is a CMS right for you?
      4m 50s
  3. 1h 23m
    1. Comparing CMSs
      4m 28s
    2. Core features to research
      4m 41s
    3. Commonly overlooked issues
      4m 12s
    4. Properly assessing needs
      4m 39s
    5. Knowing when to seek assistance
      4m 15s
    6. Choosing a CMS for designers
      4m 45s
    7. Choosing a CMS for organizations
      4m 12s
    8. The pros and cons of hosted solutions
      2m 58s
    9. Hosted solution examples
      5m 51s
    10. The pros and cons of open source solutions
      4m 36s
    11. Open source CMS examples
      7m 6s
    12. Proprietary CMSs
      7m 48s
    13. A closer look at Drupal
      5m 7s
    14. A closer look at Joomla!
      4m 0s
    15. A closer look at WordPress
      5m 33s
    16. Resources for comparing CMSs
      9m 2s
  4. 43m 58s
    1. What is an open source CMS?
      3m 4s
    2. What is a LAMP stack?
      2m 53s
    3. What are WebDAV and FTP?
      2m 39s
    4. What is MySQL?
      2m 24s
    5. WYSIWYG editors
      3m 56s
    6. Understanding users, groups, and permissions
      4m 12s
    7. What is metadata?
      5m 19s
    8. Understanding taxonomy
      3m 35s
    9. What is version control?
      4m 23s
    10. What are themes and templates?
      3m 30s
    11. What is SEO?
      4m 42s
    12. What are web analytics?
      3m 21s
  5. 36m 31s
    1. Content management as a process
      4m 38s
    2. Properly defining roles
      5m 3s
    3. Planning a content strategy
      4m 1s
    4. The importance of taxonomy
      5m 7s
    5. Controlling content lifecycle
      6m 22s
    6. Challenges for CMS migrations
      3m 45s
    7. Steps for migrating content
      4m 16s
    8. Avoiding distractions
      3m 19s
  6. 2m 24s
    1. Additional resources
      2m 24s

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