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5 Reasons a Powerful Cms is the Key to Custom Website Development


Content management systems (CMS) are the most common tool used in website development and maintenance. This is because a CMS smoothes the transformation of an ordinary website into a custom website that experiences ongoing development and improvement.

Of course, the more powerful the content management system is, the easier it becomes to create an impressive custom design.

Following are five important reasons or ways that a powerful CMS helps in custom website development.

  1. Common Themes Can Have Original Flare Easily

    How many times have you clicked on a website and thought “I’ve seen this site before” only to realize you saw a different site that looked just like this one? It’s probably happened before, though it’s less likely lately because so many web developers have taken advantage of powerful content management systems.  And in doing so, have relied on pre-designed themes. Rather than simply uploading a theme template and leaving it as is, a CMS makes it easy to change colors and styles site-wide with just a few clicks. Using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and a CMS interface to customize the code, two sites that have the same theme template can end up looking so different that the theme similarities aren’t recognizable. While it’s possible to customize your website without using a CMS, so much time is saved by using a template that has already been created and tweaking it to your liking and style.

  2. Makes Website Access Easy For Multiple Users

    Many websites, especially those that are updated often, need to be accessed by a number of different people. These people include anyone that adds content (i.e. writers, reporters, photographers, editors) and anyone involved in the code and design. Although multi-user access is possible without using a CMS, using one helps eliminate a number of different problems that can arise. For instance, a content management system will allow more than one person to update part of the site at the same time, but not the same part at the same time. If users are attempting to do this the site will lock one user out of the page that is being edited until the current user has released it. Commonly called “check-in, check-out”, this feature prevents someone from accidentally overwriting the changes of another. Managing user accounts also limits their access to only pages that they need to have access to, helping to keep the entire site secure and running smoothly. Of course the more powerful the CMS, the more control  you’ll have over user accounts.

  3. Plugins and Modifications Bring Functional Customization

    Depending on the CMS you choose, anywhere from hundreds to thousands of add-on scripts may be available. There are packages available for just about anything you might think of. For instance, if you’re interested in putting photos on your website, there are a number of different ways you can do it. And to make your life easier, most of the time someone has already created a plugin for it. The more powerful (or popular) your CMS is, the more options you’ll have for customization.  Since many of the common content management systems are very community oriented, many people contribute their work for free, which is another bonus of having a widely supported CMS. Creating a plugin or modification for a CMS is not a walk in the park, especially for someone who isn’t the most skilled code writer. Thankfully new ones are constantly being created and if you can’t find what you need, there is always someone willing to build one for the right price (which doesn’t have to break your bank).

  4. WYSIWYG Editors Give a True Look at Changes

    Although they don’t always create the cleanest code, a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor is a nice feature to have. It’s probably not the best idea to rely solely on this method, but it makes simple changes quick and easy.Simply put, a WYSIWYG editor allows the user to update content and layout by seeing how it will look on someone’s web browser as they’re making changes. This feature is especially helpful to the person with limited HTML knowledge. Using the WYSIWYG feature or having it available for someone who wants it is helpful because it limits the time it would take to check their work or fix any issues. If an editor wants the content to look a certain way, they’re able to create it and see how it will appear at the same time.

  5. Keeps Everything Organized

    One of the best things about a content management system is its ability to help the user keep their content in an organized manner. With frequent updating comes a growing collection of content that should be stored neatly. Any miscommunication in how and where files are stored could result in broken links and other things that could be detrimental to the success of your website. To take this point a step further, consider the benefits of how this works with the multi-user function. Because more than one user can access the site and content at any given time, it’s important that a logical storage system be used so everything is where it’s supposed to be. A powerful CMS excels at this.Where some content management systems are limited in how they handle multiple user accounts, the more powerful systems have made it convenient for many different people to have their hand in some aspect of a site’s maintenance. <?p>

Conclusion

There’s no question that a powerful content management system offers many features aimed at custom development for websites. It’s a good idea when choosing which CMS you’ll use for your site to compare what capabilities each has and keep in mind that just because you don’t necessarily have use for a feature now, doesn’t mean you’ll never have a need for it. The more flexibility and power your CMS gives you the easier it will be for you to customize your website’s development.

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Magento E-commerce Experts— Services of Magento Developers


Since e-commerce have become the way for the modern civilization and there has been witnessed a sudden increase in the number because of the increasing demand. It has made the life of the people easier, convenient and fast. No doubt, everything is available at a single click. Internet has paved way to convenient buying and selling.

This has also made way to the number of platform to be able to develop and create the same. Magento, out of the other available platform has come a long way through and contributed in a improving the face of the world of e-commerce. Apart from being an open source platform, it can also be seen as a strong, cost-effective and global platform with the list of the following features—

  1. It is one of the top platform that provides the search-engine friendliness to the e-commerce store. And, you must be aware that gaining visibility is one of the most important feature that should accompany your store.
  2. The Magento theme and the design functionality gives full control to the user to make changes and set the store according to his/her own will. He/she can administer and supervise the pattern, style, theme and colour of your shopping cart.
  3. An improved content management system gives you full control over the editing, changing and updating the content of your cart.
  4. There are a set of advanced features such as— promotional tools, product catalogue, mobile commerce, payment gateways, shipping, and multiple currency support.

There is still more to it. As a strong backbone to your online business, Magento development has started dominating the online sector. India, being a vast pool of talent and expertise and a hub of web design and development agencies, it becomes really important that you leverage the profits. The Internet being the first hand medium, and due to the growing demands of such online trade, India has already become a popular place to make use of such expertise at cost competitive prices. Outsourcing these services from India has proves beneficial for any business venture and to be able to survive in this cut-throat competition, it becomes really important for the Magento developers as well that they offer client-oriented and quality services.

Thus the choice becomes really important, and picking out one from the lot would need extra attention and research work, keeping in mind all the advantages that Magento offers.

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Magento Development – preferred solution for online shopping cart sites


The popularity of Magento development is fast increasing amongst the websites that have online shopping carts as a very crucial feature to enable customers in fast  selecting and purchasing of the products. Such sites incorporates the features such as inventory, shopping deal, client experience, content and other functionalities for the benefit of the users and also to ensure better business opportunities.

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The developer has many benefits for e-commerce solutions seekers and thousands of business people who own online shopping cart websites. They use the Magento development as a platform in order to successfully run their online stores. It has eye catching designs for the users for making their shopping experience more enjoyable on a site.

One of the attractive and useful features of Magento e-commerce solution for shopping cart sites is advance reporting. This enables reporting of your online e-business in advance and automatically so that you can achieve maximum efficiency in keeping with the targets you had set. This feature also helps you in analysis of the current sales and its trends. You can also keep a tab on customers’ activity on your site.

Another advantageous and unique feature for online shopping cart websites through Magneto developer is the multi store development, which is available only through this developer. This helps you in controlling of your multiple online store and websites from one administrative panel. This feature also is capable of offering you variety of payment options and currencies on a single page checkout.

Another beneficial feature that Magneto e-commerce solution for websites with shopping carts is that it is entirely SEO friendly. Its designs are such that SEOs prefer it for website rankings on search pages of Google, Yahoo and other. You have access to the functionality in order to have Meta tag, title, xml code and crucial keywords for your product and category pages as well.

Thus, Magento developer can be a useful tool to develop a website that aspires to be an online shopping experience for its customers.

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CMS – 3 Aces (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal)


WordPress CMS website design and development

wordpress has evolved as a revolution in the CMS zone. It not only provides a blogging service, but it has also come up a long way as a Content Management System for websites.

WordPress is proven to be powerful when it comes to creating a search-engine friendly website. With it’s rich functionality and attractive designs, it offers many user-friendly features. Earlier, wordpress had a few bugs to overcome, which they did by releasing updated versions regularly. WordPress beats the other two CMS explained below, with it’s high-level security and speed.

Joomla CMS website design and development

Joomla is at it’s best.

As far as we’ve known Joomla, It’s an outstanding platform to create CMS websites. Though there’s some complication associated with it’s user-friendliness, It’s  being widely used by the professional website designing companies.

Joomla’s functionality and features are richer than WordPress and Drupal.  It provides a lot of extensions along with extremely useful search-engine friendly options. Joomla is popular for it’s versatility and the "content management system" community behind it.  Truly a master-piece for website developers.

Drupal  CMS website design and development

Drupal CMS is becoming almost as popular as Joomla. It has some impressive modules similar to Joomla and comes with a variety of characteristics that are truly developer-friendly.  Drupal leaves behind the other two explained before when compared to it’s add-ons. Drupal has many free themes and a fine feature to change the appearance and styling of the themes.

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Drupal: The Perfect CMS Solution


If you are looking for a versatile CMS software which can be used for any purpose such as a corporate website, a personal website, aficionado sites, social networking site, a gallery, a portal or a simple web property for any specific internal purpose; keeping the functionality simple to handle and maintain then, Drupal is the software which is just meant for you.

Using Drupal is easy. Being an open source CMS, i.e. its source code can be rendered easily without any fee is in wide demand. Of course, if you want some customization, which everyone needs, then you will be required to hire a company providing Drupal services. You can purchase various themes, modules, extensions and other specific components that are required to provide you a complete website; full of features and desired functionalities.

Like every other software, Drupal is also written in certain specific coding language and that is, PHP. It is friendly to almost all operating systems such as Windows, MAC, Linux and others. Its database system is MySQL. MySQl is used for storage purpose in Drupal.

Similar to the other CMS software, even Drupal has its own naming conventions. For example, a ‘node’ is referred to ‘page’ or ‘story’ which is predefined content types in Drupal. This is not all the flexibility of this software allows you to define your own naming conventions. Due to its flexibility and friendliness in developing a web property of your own choice is not at all impossible. The only thing required is your technical knowledge about the software.

Since, the use of Drupal can ask for heavy resources that is why, it is advisable to use dedicated server, in case, your website is expected to be flooded by traffic. But if your website is not that big and hosts moderate amount traffic then, you can use shared hosting as well.

Operating the admin panel is not that difficult and you can easily manage the content of your website. Uploading videos, audios, publishing posts, text, contents are the few of the activities which can be handled easily and does not require any technical knowledge. The only difficulty appears while installing the software and integrating it with your web site. But you can hire any Drupal service provider or a company and resolve this problem.

There can be complexity for non technical person during its installation, but it can be avoided by taking help from videos or tutorials. Or the best way is, if you are planning to prepare a professional website, hire a company which provides Drupal services.

Garve Technologies is an industry leader in providing bespoke CMS development solutions. It has a team of qualified Joomla developers, WordPress developers and Drupal developers who have solid experience in open source cms development. Please contact us for more details.

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Drupal 7.0 Alpha 6 released


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Drupal 7 alpha version was released a little over a month ago. Drupal announce the release of the sixth (and hopefully final) alpha version of Drupal 7.x for your further testing and feedback. The first alpha announcement provided a comprehensive list of improvements made since Drupal 6.x, so in this announcement we’ll concentrate on how you can help ensure that Drupal 7 is released as soon as possible and is as rock solid as the previous Drupal releases that you’ve grown to love!

This release includes many critical bug fixes, a nearly working upgrade path, and a new default core theme: Bartik!

Please see the release notes for more details.

When will alpha become beta?

We have identified several "beta blocking" issues, and itemized these at the Drupal core community initiatives page. On or about August 1, 2010 (or when the upgrade path is working, whichever comes first) we will create a new official Drupal 7 release. If this list is fixed, it will be a beta release. Otherwise, it will be another alpha release. It’s expected we will have a few beta versions and at least one release candidate before Drupal 7.0 is finalized. We can potentially reach beta within the next month by focusing on this short-list of issues! Please help!

Updating from previous versions

While we do not support 7.x => 7.x upgrades yet (that happens in beta 1), the upgrade path from 6.x => 7.x is actually working reasonably well right now. We need people to test this like crazy! But please note that there are still known security issues in Drupal 7, so alphas should be installed for testing only.

Always make backups of your data and never do testing on your live site to make sure you keep all of your information intact even if something goes wrong.

So when does 7.0 get released?

The release version of Drupal 7.0 will be ready after (a) there are no more critical bugs and (b) we’ve had at least one release candidate (RC) without adding any more issues to the list.

When will that be? Well, it depends entirely on how many people chip in and help out! The more people help, the faster we can find and fix bugs, and the faster 7.0 gets released. The faster 7.0 gets released, the faster we can start adding new features to Drupal 8.0. So help out where you can, and let’s make this the best and most solid release of Drupal yet! 🙂

How do I help test the alpha?

Start by either installing a new Drupal site or upgrading an existing one running on a previous version (see INSTALL.txt or UPGRADE.txt in the package). When setting up a new site, you can use the Development module to generate some test data (content, users, etc) to help you start testing quickly. As with everything still in development, we do not recommend running pre-releases on a live site. Also, always make sure to backup of your data before performing an upgrade or start testing.

New Drupal Users

Are you completely (or relatively) new to Drupal? Or do you know just enough to be dangerous? Are you used to working with other content management systems and willing to lend your perspective in improving the way Drupal works? If so, you’re a perfect candidate to help with usability testing and improving documentation! As you’re going through Drupal 7, take notes on things you find difficult or confusing, and translate those notes into an issue which will show up in the issue tracker. Make sure to be as clear as possible about what the problem was and provide suggestions on how to improve it — this makes it easier for developers to help!

You can also help by testing the D7 Install Guide and noting any mistakes on the issue for this.

Testers

Do people often congratulate you on your ability to break things? Are you a creative individual who likes to experiment in unconventional ways to see what happens? Do you enjoy looking over other peoples’ work and picking nits in order to make it as good as it possibly can be? If any of these apply to you, you could make a great tester! We need testers both to try out different aspects of Drupal itself, as well as take a look at the issue queue, checking bugs to see if they’re valid and testing patches to verify they work properly. Read more about setting up a testing environment and applying patches.

Module and theme developers

There is no better way to shake out any lingering bugs with the API and to ensure that your modules and themes will work with the new version of Drupal than to update your modules and update your themes! Make sure to file any bugs that you find! And try coding some upgrade routines to help make the process smoother for the next person!

Drupal Ninjas and Ninjas-in-training

If you’re adept at Drupal hacking, or are eager to learn, a great place to start is with the bug tracker or the patch queue. Even if you don’t have a full solution for a problem, often even a step in the right direction can be enough for another developer to take it home! Read up onhow to create patches.

Drupal interface translators

The interface strings of Drupal 7.0 are mostly frozen. The days of major changes to the UI strings are over, but we still are changing texts to fix bugs or to lend clarity in the interface. Around release candidate 1, a formal "string freeze" will be declared at which point it should be safe to start translating.

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Drupal 6.17 released


Drupal 6.17, a maintenance release fixing issues reported through the bug tracking system, is now available for download. There are no security fixes in this release. Upgrading your existing Drupal 6 sites is recommended. For more information about the Drupal 6.x release series, consult the Drupal 6.0 release announcement.

Highlights of changes in this release include improvements of session cookie handling, better processing of big XML-RPC payloads, improved PostgreSQL compatibility, better PHP 5.3 and PHP 4 compatibility, improved Japanese support in search module, better browser compatibility of CSS and JS aggregation and improved logging for login failures. An incompatibility of Drupal 6.16’s new lock subsystem with some contributed modules was also resolved. In total there were about 55 patches committed to improve Drupal 6.

The full list of changes between the 6.16 and 6.17 releases can be found by reading the 6.17 release notes. A complete list of all bug fixes in the stable DRUPAL-6 branch can be found at http://drupal.org/project/cvs/3060/?branch=DRUPAL-6.

Given enough bug fixes (not just bug reports) more maintenance releases will be made available.

Incompatible changes

Drupal 6.17 introduces the following incompatible changes.

Session handling

Drupal 6.17 changes the way session cookies are handled. Most people don’t need to have this setting set, but if you have an explicit$cookie_domain set in settings.php, verify that it is set to a sensible value:

  • 'example.com' if you want sessions to apply to the example.com domain, and none of its sub-domains (especially not http://www.example.com),
  • 'www.example.com' if you want sessions to apply to the http://www.example.com domain, and none of its sub-domains nor parent domains (especially not example.com),
  • '.example.com' if you want sessions to apply to the example.com domain and all its subdomains (http://www.example.commydomain.example.com, etc.).

Download Drupal 6.17

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