Content Management (CMS) Systems
A Cattle Prod for Your Website
When selecting a content management system (CMS) there are always many different factors to consider. How flexible is the system? Who will be in charge of day-to-day operations? Can the site grow and adapt with my organization? And then, most importantly, how much will it cost to develop and maintain?
We have a lot of experience with CMS systems, and we've seen a healthy mix of the good, the bad, and the just plain ugly. Some systems provided the functionality that made it easy to develop, but lacked real design integration and stylesheet management. Others were focused on looking pretty, but not offering a whole lot in terms of flexibility or a developer-friendly framework.
As both designers AND developers, it is important to us to develop using a system that can accommodate our design ideas, as well as provide a stable platform for developing new and custom functionality for our sites. Plus, the CMS has to be easy to use for our clients who would ultimately be the ones getting their hands dirty with the system.
When we discovered Contao (formerly known as Typolight) CMS several years ago, we knew we had stumbled upon a gem for all those reasons. Contao is a German-engineered open-source platform that provides a stable, user-friendly environment on which we can build our clients' sites for years to come. It is a LAMP-based platform (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP), which means it is easily deployed, and being open-source means that there is never a shortage of developers who can jump in and work their magic. Best of all, it lets our designs work with the functionality, resulting in a package that we know our clients will find easy-to-use.
Here are some highlights that we hope you will find useful. To experience Contao for yourself, feel free to visit the project website at http://www.contao.org/