Managing Your Content: Everything You Need to Know about the CMS

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Presented for: Princeton Public Library Tech Talks, Princeton, NJ, September 4, 2007

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  • 1. Managing Your Content Nicole C. Engard September 4, 2007 Princeton Public Library Tech Talks
  • 2. When the Web Began
    • When Tim Berners-Lee invented the web, he envisioned a read/write Web. But what had emerged in the 1990s was an essentially read-only Web on which you needed an account with an ISP (Internet service provider) to host your web site, special tools, and/or HTML expertise to create a decent site. 1
    1. http://www.authorama.com/we-the-media-3.html
  • 3. The 1990s Way
    • In order to create the page on the right you need to know how to write the code on the left.
    • Image from the Joomla Tutorial: http://tinyurl.com/hagn7
  • 4. The New Way
    • Design is pulled out into a CSS file, still requiring that know how to write the code on the left to create the page on the right.
    • Image from the Joomla Tutorial: http://tinyurl.com/hagn7
  • 5. The CMS Way
    • With a Content Management System (CMS) all you need to know is how to type the red text on the left to create the page on the right.
    • Image from the Joomla Tutorial: http://tinyurl.com/hagn7
  • 6. What Does that Mean?
    • No more asking IT or Web Developers to edit content
    • No programming knowledge necessary to create web pages
    • The right experts are working on the right parts
    • In short: Content and Presentation are kept separate.
  • 7. CMS Options
    • Proprietary options like MS Sharepoint
      • Provides you with an enterprise solution that only a professional IT person can install and set up
      • Minimal control
      • Costs $$$$
        • Learn More: http://www.microsoft.com/sharepoint/default.mspx
  • 8. CMS Options cont
    • Open source options like Joomla and Drupal
      • Provides you with a file that anyone can download, install and administer
      • Lots of control
      • Costs 0-$ (depending on external support)
    • Do It Yourself
      • All of the control
      • Costs $-$$$$
  • 9. Benefits of the Open Source CMS
    • Consistent website design
    • Availability of pre-packaged modules
    • Active open source community (for support)
    • Empowers staff and potentially customers
    • Encourages communication and collaboration
    • Content can easily be repurposed
    • Content is organized and searchable
  • 10. Benefits of Doing It Yourself
    • Designed specifically for your organization
    • Access to staff input throughout the process
    • Complete control over ever aspect of the site
    • Empowers staff and potentially customers
    • Encourages communication and collaboration
    • Learn More:
      • Engard, Nicole C. "DIY: Developing Web Applications In-House." Online Magazine 30.6 (2006): 35. ( http://tinyurl.com/yqyb9u )
  • 11. Open Source Resources
    • Open Source CMS: www.opensourcecms.com Demo open source tools before installing them on your machine. [click Portals (CMS)]
    • Joomla: www.joomla.org An easy to use, award winning, open source content management system.
    • Drupal: www.drupal.org Highly respected, widely used content management system.
  • 12. Do It Yourself Resources
    • Thomson, Laura, and Luke Welling. PHP and MySQL Web Development (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library) . U.S.: Sams, 2004. (ISBN: 0672326728)
    • Williams, Hugh E. Web Database Applications with PHP & MySQL, 2nd Edition . Portland, OR: O'Reilly Media, Inc., 2004. (ISBN: 0596005431)
    • Yank, Kevin. Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP and MySQL . Stockholm: Sitepoint, 2004. (ISBN: 0975240218)
  • 13. Thank You Nicole C. Engard Metadata Librarian Princeton Theological Seminary Library [email_address] & [email_address] Website: http://web2learning.net

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