CMS

A Content Management System helps manage the creation of highly functional websites without the need for local software other than a web browser and an internet connection.  Effectively content is created and published by the user, although some editorial control may be managed centrally.  

For a typical small business website a well set up CMS means that content can be frequently updated, without the need for a "webmaster".  Setting up the CMS is rather complicated and not all web hosting companies support the on-line technology required yet.  Strangely, those that do support the required services often charge less!

Website Rescue

Website rescue

A problem is that many people have access to someone who will “set up your website” for a nominal fee because they are thinking of running their own business as a “web designer”. Some of these people while be highly talented and you will get a bargain. Unfortunately this is not always the case, and you will get a site that does not perform to your expectations. At some point your budding web designer will admit defeat, or you loose confidence in them and decide to seek help.

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Web Standards

Standards for the web are set by the World Wide Web Consortium www.w3c.org. Essentially the W3C set standards for both the webpages that make up the internet, and the web browsers used to view those pages. Websites and browsers that meet the standards are often described as compliant. We have seen the look of horror on the faces of some website owners when they realise just what unusable means in practise. Meeting standards really does matter, and this does not include any legal obligation that organisations may also be under to ensure accessibility of information to all users.

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Content Driven Websites

A content driven website is a bit like a bookcase or set of display shelves. There is an overall style and structure which is more or less constant. But content is grouped by broad headings and comes and goes as required. The content may be authored by one person or many. in a well designed content driven website, all the navigation menus and groupings are automatically updated as new content is added, and out of date material archived deeper into the site (but never deleted).

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Website Re-building

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A good business website is no-longer a set of static pages maintained by a specialist on your behalf. The modern website is an up-to-date source of information, case studies and contact details and may even be a fully functional shop. Content is managed by you, the user, using a web browser. You may even do basic editing from your smartphone!

About Tech-Trends Ltd

Tech-trends Ltd has been quietly successful in supporting clients requirements for technical support since 2002.

We offer a wide range of technical services and are especially interested in helping small businesses adopt the latest types of on-line ICT (Information and Computer Technology) that they may consider to be just out of reach or too complex to risk without additional support. We have developed particular expertise with the Drupal CMS (Content Management System) which is used to build feature rich websites, where content may be easily edited by non expert users.

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