Brochure Sites

A brochure site contains all of the information about your company, your products and services and all that you would expect to see in a brochure; if you have no intension of selling your products online, accept payments online and then arrange delivery – then you need a brochure site!

If you do with to sell online, then please visit our shopping sites section

What is a CMS ?

CMS stands for Content Management System and it is what allows you to edit and add content to your website without having to go back to your web developer each time you need an alteration.

There are three main CMS platforms to date which are WorpPress, Joomla and Drupal; some companies have their own system, but I would stand well clear of them, as proprietory systems cannot be transferred elsewhere and if you ever want to leave the firm and have somebody else maintain the site, you will have to buy a new site and go through a lot of inconvenience. If however your development firm disappears however and you are using one of the above, you will be able to find hundreds if not thousands of developers who understand the CMS and can take over almost instantly.

WP v Joomla v Drupal

Which is the best ?

It depends on your company’s requirements i.e. what you want the site for; WordPress is the most popular for a reason i.e. it is very easy to learn and does most things that an average website could ever need. Joomla however is much more powerful, but is more complicated to learn, so if you don’t need additional functionality than WordPress offers, then the answer is of course be WordPress.

WP, Joomla and Drupal Popularity Chart

I have had instances however that because the staff within a company had experience with Joomla, it made sense to stick with it for the new site, as this would avoid unnecessary training.

Last but not least is Drupal which is like the Rolls Royce of CMS and ideal for sites that will contain a lot of content and have a lot of visitors etc. Yes it will take a lot more to learn, but it will do a lot more for the company and streamline a lot of processes. So if you have complex functionality requirements and a lot of content, this will be the solutions for you.

Training

You will of course have to delegate the task of keeping the site up to date to a specific member of staff within your company or quite possibly multiple members of staff; either way, unless they have experience already, you will need training.

We are in the process of putting together video tutorials for all three main CMS’ that will be available free of charge; for now however we will help you find local training for your staff (there are many providers) and can even recommend reference books.  

We are be more than happy to go through the decision process with you; if you have any further questions, please to not hesitate to contact us.

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Word Press

Word Press was initially developed for the use of Blogging i.e. an electronic journal; is has evolved too offer a lot more, but is still pretty basic in functionality compared to the other to; it is the most popular in the world, as its basic functionality is often enough to suits most requirements and it Is the easiest to learn how to you.

Within a couple of weeks, anybody with a reasonable literacy of computers can learn how to use it.

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Joomla

Joomla is the successor of a system that was called Mambo and very popular in the 90’s. It offers a lot more functionality and flexibility than that of Word Press, but it takes almost twice as long i.e. at least a month to learn how to use than Word Press.

If someone within your organisation already has experience using it however, then it would make sense to use it and take care of their knowledge, but if the functionality of WP is enough for at least the next 12 month or more, then there is no need to invest in Joomla.

If however you need more functionality and flexibility that WP has to offer, Joomla maybe the right option for you.

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Drupal

Drupal, the least popular of the three is the Rolls Royce and the most powerful of the three most Popular CMS on the Market; the bottom line is, if you can do what you need with this one, you will not be able to perform what you require without a completely bespoke solution.

This platform is used by the likes of the White House, Australian Government, MTV and countless magazines. Although it is the most flexible and powerful, it does need a lot more training i.e. at least a couple of months and should only be considered if you really need it.

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Originally developed by Dries Buytaert as a Message Board to chat with his friends at the University of Antwerp, Drupal became an Open Source Platform in 2001 and slowly evolved from drop.org into a Content Management Framework that is used as a back-end platform for approximately 2.2% of all websites from Personal Blogs to Corporate, Political, and Government Sites.

Dries Buytaert

The name Drupal derives from an English rendering of the Dutch word "druppel" which means "drop"; the logo was developed by community member Steven Wittens incorporating a droplet.

The core contains features common to Content Management Systems including User Account Registration, Menu Management, RSS Feeds, Taxonomy (a Classification System), Page Layout Customization, and System Administration.

The Drupal Core Installation serves as one size fits all i.e. from a Simple Website, Blog, Internet Forum, or Community Platform providing User Generated Content; although Drupal is considered to be to most complicated CMS to manage, it is the most technically advanced and enjoys popularity among seasoned web developers.

Drupal received significant attention in 2003 after building a customized Drupal-based project called DeanSpace for Howard Dean who was one of the candidates in the U.S. 2004 Presidential Election and over the years Drupal made significant improvements; by 2008 had reached 1.4 million downloads winning many awards such as Open Source CMS Awards and the Webware 100 three times in a row.

Some of the high profile companies that use Drupal include London Gatwick Airport, General Electric, Pfizer, University of Minnesota, Linux, The Economist, Weather.com, Georgetown University to mention but a few.

Joomla! is a free and Open Source Content Management System for Publishing Content for websites, blogs, custom apps and even Intranets; Joomla! provides a web presence for SMEs, Government Organizations, Non-Profits and Large Organizations worldwide such as Citibank, eBay, General Electric, Harvard University, Ikea, McDonald's and Sony to mention but a few.

Functions and features include Page Caching, RSS feeds, News Flashes, Blogs, Search, and Multilingual Support

In 2014, Joomla! surpassed the milestone of 50 million downloads i.e. 11 years after WordPress and it is currently the second most popular CMS globally accounting for more than 6% of Internet Websites and Blogs etc.

Joomla was started on August 17th 2005 when some of the development team felt that Mambo’s non-profit organization established to fund and protect the project from lawsuits failed to meet expectations; a new organization (OpenSourceMatters.org) more suitable to meet such expectations and Joomla! Was born.

Andrew Eddie was appointed as project leader and who played an active role in building a network of thousands of developers within days of his appointment.

The name Joomla! is a phonetic spelling for the Swahili word "Jumla", which means "all together”; it was chosen by the entire development team behind Mambo committed to protecting the interests of the project and community.

With over 8,000 extensions including components, modules, plugins, templates, and language packs and more than a million downloads per month, Joomla attributes its steady growth to a number of factors; to begin with, flexibility and openness of its software enables developers to combine Joomla features with other Open Source Platforms.

Joomla! Has continuous innovations within its six-month release cycle and a growing Developer Community currently accounting of over 600,000 forum members; with more than 3 percent of the Web running on Joomla! (and a CMS Market Share of more than 9 percent), Joomla’s ease-of-use, reliability and extendibility has resulted in Joomla! becoming the second most popular CMS Foundation Platform to date.

WordPress is a Free and Open Source Content Management System; its founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little developed the original platform in 2003, famous for being the most popular online publishing platform in the world allowing its users to build blogs or websites without any technological experience.

WordPress is the official successor of b2 that was developed by Michel Valdrighi that,as of May 2003, it was used by approx. 2,000 blogs, however WordPress (developed by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little) was released on May 23, 2003 changing CMS as we know it.

Matt Mullenweg

In 2004 WordPress gained popularity when a major rival “Movable Type” changed from free to a paid licensing model and a large number of their customers migrated to WordPress as a result; to this day WordPress does not charge to use their platform and has continued to grow rapidly over the years maintaining market position of the world’s most popular Open Source CMS.

In March 2011 WordPress surpassed the milestone of powering over 50 million blogs worldwide and as of March 2016, WordPress is used for 59.1% of all the average ranking sites and 26.1% of all websites combined.

Mike Little

With free updates rolling out on daily basis, additional products, services and features (including Anti-Spam software) aimed at enhancing user experience and VIP hosting partnerships, WordPress continues to grow and attract new customers.

Currently (according to their official website) the WordPress.com network welcomes more than 409 million viewers and more than 15.5 billion page impressions per month. According to iBid wordpress.com receives more than 41.7 million new blog posts and 60.5 million new comments each month which accounts for more than 20% of the entire web.

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