Category: cms

Another flat-file driven blog/ cms engine on the block

I’ve just been looking at Statamic, which is a markdown-driven CMS and blog, self-hosted and written in PHP. It’s commercial rather than open-source, but at a reasonable price, like Perch. It looks reasonably mature and has support for add-ons and lots of cool stuff. I’ll probably buy a copy just to mess around with. If… Read more »

Sub-optimal web content workflow used by many agencies

I’ve worked at a fair few agencies in my time, and despite most agencies now using content management systems as standard, the content population and revision workflow is usually sub-optimal:- Designer inputs the content into a photoshop file PNG or PDF of the document is signed off by the client, or amends requested, which the… Read more »

More text file based CMS and Blog tools

If you were interested in my eatStatic text file-based blog engine, but thought it was a bit techie/immature to consider using yourself, you may be interested in Kirkby and Scriptogr.am.

Site building workflow challenges – keeping HTML in a database

I was reminded to today of one of my pet hates – coordinating a site build, or a site rebuild when the CMS you are using keeps content, often containing HTML markup from use of an editor such as tiny mce, in the database. Consider the following scenario:- You have a staging site where the… Read more »

What I did and didn’t do in 2010 and Plans for 2011

It would be rubbish to stop a tradition after only two years, so following on from my posts in 2009 and 2010, here is a retrospective for 2010 and my plans for 2011. I’m changing the format this time, by dividing into “achieved”, “carried over”, “ditched” and “new”. Achieved Attend at least one web conference… Read more »

CMS strategies

When it comes to Content Management Systems (CMS’s), i’ve been “round the block a few times” so to speak, having spent the last ten years mostly working on CMS driven sites – starting with bespoke classic asp/ MS Access (shudder) back in 1999, before moving onto bespoke php/mysql systems, wordpress, drupal, zope/plone and dabbling in… Read more »