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Introducing Drupal

Why we at Contact Media Ventures are die-hard Drupalholics.

Dear Reader, what you are about to see is living proof why Contact Media Ventures proudly uses the Drupal content management system.

We have wide ranging experience with Drupal, which is why this website and others are fervently powered by this CMS. For us it exudes flexibility. It is also SEO friendly and has a supportive community of users from hardened professionals to budding designers. There is also a wealth of templates available, whether free of charge, or paid-for.

Drupal has an intuitive back end user interface, which not only allows you to seamlessly integrate downloaded templates. It offers scope for the creation of bespoke templates. There is...

Like Magento and Steel

A look at one of the youngest content management systems, owned by a rather obscure auction website.

Whereas TYPO3 is one of our elder statespeople in the CMS field, Magento is one of the youngest, being launched ten years after TYPO3. It is hailed as 'the most flexible enterprise-class eCommerce platform', with one in four online retailers choosing Magento as their content management system. It is an open source PHP based CMS with three editions: its Community Edition, Enterprise Edition, and Magento Go. The final one is aimed at business startups aiming to develop their eCommerce presence.

Development began in early 2007 with the first version launched on the 31 March 2008 as 'Bento'. Owing to a naming conflict, as...

To Sitefinity and Beyond

A look at Telerik Sitefinity, probably the most common CMS you've never heard of.

Telerik Sitefinity is the world's fourth most popular content management system: not a lot of people know that. Whereas Joomla!, Drupal, WordPress and TYPO3 are based on PHP architecture, Sitefinity is based on Microsoft's .NET infrastructure. It is designed solely for enterprise level web development, with emphasis on CRM [customer relationship management] and pricing plans which reflect its target audience. Therefore, Telerik Sitefinity is best avoided if you have champagne ideas on an own-brand lemonade budget.

Unlike the four open source content management systems mentioned earlier, Telerik Sitefinity is a proprietary CMS. Its core users...

Reasons To Use TYPO3

A look at one of the oldest content management systems, popular in mainland Europe.

TYPO3 is one the oldest content management systems. It was developed in Denmark by Kasper Skårhøj in 1997 and became an open source content management system in 2001. Today, it remains one of the most used CMSs with greater popularity in Europe, particularly German speaking countries.

Though commonly known as TYPO3, the CMS is officially known as TYPO3 CMS, as part of TYPO3 which is a parent brand for the CMS itself, plus other brands like Neos and Flow. Its name came about when the original developer made a coding error which lost all of his original code. The original CMS was known as Typo, with the first version known as Typo 2.5. Then...

Firing On All Cylinders with ExpressionEngine

Inside EllisLab's content management system.

You may well have heard of EllisLab for its other product, CodeIgniter. Both CodeIgniter and ExpressionEngine have their roots in an earlier blogging application known as pMachine Pro, and are open source. CodeIgniter is the core of ExpressionEngine, and whereas the former is available freely for developers, the full version of ExpressionEngine is a premium service. Expression Engine Core is a free to download version with fewer features, which can only be used by non-profit ventures and personal websites.

ExpressionEngine was launched on the 08 February 2004. Its intuitive interface has seen EE being dubbed as 'a designer's CMS', owing to the lack of required markup. This...

DNN: The CMS Formerly Known As...

A look at the long established content management system.

If you've worked with the internet for over a decade (like some of us at Contact Media Ventures have), chances are you may remember an open source CMS known as DotNetNuke. Today, it is known by abbreviation as DNN. Its roots date from August 2001 with the release of the IBuySpy Portal. In February 2003, it was rebranded as DotNetNuke. The reason behind its name change was its back end architecture, being based on Microsoft .NET technologies. Version 01.00.05 was released on the 23 March 2003.

By September 2006, the DotNetNuke Corporation was formed, ensuring the community's future. Major changes would include a Partner Program, a partnership with Telerik, and a...

Hot Metal to HTML: Atex Web CMS

How a typesetting company broke the mould with a niche content management system.

Only one company could claim to be the middle ground between traditional typesetting and online publishing. Its technology helped to break the print unions whilst implemented at News International's Wapping plant in January 1986. One of its members of staff left to form Aldus and create PageMaker, the first most affordable Desk-Top-Publishing program, a precursor to Quark Xpress and Adobe InDesign. Today, it remains a notable player in the field of advertising and niche market content management systems.  From 2008 to 2014, it was known as Atex Polopoly when it acquired Swedish web developers...

Themes For A Dream (Website)

Theme or Template? Our At-A-Glance Guide at the Semantics of Changing Your Website via a CMS.

If you've used more than one CMS in your time, like the writer of this article, you may have tried to change the look of your website by downloading a theme. Or you may have tried to edit an existing theme, to add a more personal touch to your project.

As detailed in our previous article about what CMS X calls its add-ons compared to CMS Y, CMS Z and CMS AA, the same is true with its themes.

  • Theme: often used to describe a style for the website in a more aesthetic context;
  • Template: could often describe a barebones framework, allowing designers and developers to create the...

Feel Like Website Tonight? 10 Entry Level CMS/Site Builders

The World of the Beginners' Site Building Tools.

In Cyberspace (don't you just love that wonderfully dated term?), some websites are more equal than others. Though the World Wide Web (this is sounding too late-1990s here!) has no equivalent to ZiL Lanes as yet, the sites which stand out are often well optimised, well designed, and have high quality content and images. Paying £10k to get a site built doesn't guarantee top spot on search engines compared with one built for a hundredth of that. Plus it doesn't matter if your site is hard coded or built with a CMS.

For many people completely new to the internet, who wish to get a site up and running in no time, you could:

  • Pay someone to build your website...

10 Must-Have Drupal Image Modules

A 'cut out and keep guide' to the ten most essential image modules for Drupal users.

Our love of all things Drupal is well documented on this site, our Contact Media Ventures site, and a number of other websites which we have built with the aforementioned CMS. We adore its flexibility and wealth of modules.

No matter how your website's coded, sound content - verbal and visual - is an absolute must. The verbal, interspersed by fine examples of the visual, must always be of sufficient quality to its target audience as well as the search engines. Few people may return to your site if the images are uninspiring and if the text is insipid. Animated email icons are so 1996. Hidden text and spammy content? Just don't go there....

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