choosing the "right" cms (and other things)
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SALLY JENKINSON @sjenkinson Front-end London 28th May 2015
Choosing the right cms(or other things)
Freelance technical consultant & solutions architect !
Choosing YOUR TECHNOLOGY
a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away*
Tip 1: dont put yourself into maintenance hell
Tip 2: Understanding needs
As a new developer, I am easily swayed by the opinions of people I respect, or at least view as more experienced.  !One person stated that I dont need to worry about making open source contributions and I went Yay, cool, less pressure, another seemed to state that I am of little worth if I dont contribute Fuck, okay, I guess I better get on that then. I wish programmers were more aware of the things they are saying and the attitudes they express, and how that might effect a young padawan like me.
TIP 3: Your choices can influence others
THE agency should always decide
TIP 4: Whats your motivation?
TIP 4: choose solutions for the right reasons
THE product can do everything
TIP 5: ask the right questions
everyone else is using it
TIP 6: everyones different
Is bespoke best?
Back in 2008 (when we started Bearded), one of our differentiators was that we built every site on a CMS. At the time, many agencies had not-insignificant revenue streams derived from updating their clients site content on their behalf. !But we didnt want to do that work, and our clients didnt want to pay for it. Building their site on a CMS and training them to use it was a natural solution. It solved both of our problems, recurring revenue be damned! It gave our clients power that they wanted and needed.
TIP 7: choices can have a business impact
Not just for Developers/designers
TIP 7: you are not your users
How do I choose the right thing?
You can change your mind
Start with capabilities Cost
Involve everyoneTesting and deployment
New vs existing software
Commercial or open source
User experience/experience of
LEVEL OF CUSTOMISATION
fit with your overall
TIP 8: explain your choices
It depends- EveryONE, ever
Thank youSally Jenkinson