WHAT IS A C.M.S ?

CMS stands for "Content Management System", a kind of web application that allows you to manage content without programming / designing knowledge.

Please watch this video to get a clear idea how a CMS works.

Video is best watched in high resolution (1080)

Our web sites are created using C.M.S. such as Joomla or Wordpress and more. That means that we design the initial graphic for your front page (the first your visitors see that needs advanced graphic) and later you can add your content without any more need for a web designer, allowing to save money by managing your own site.

There are several CMS, the most used are Joomla and Wordpress. Some advanced users like Drupal and Grav.

You don't need to concern yourself with what CMS we will be using to develop your site. If you need a site that don't need to get updated, like a product profile, bio or service site, you won't see any difference.

If you'd like to know more about the system we use, keep reading and we will show you CMS main features, pros and cons of each system.

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JOOMLA

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Joomla is often thought of as the compromise. It is a powerful content management system, which can run smoothly on most web servers without any problems. It doesn’t require much technical experience to run, but it still offers many extra features. Other reasons people choose Joomla include:

Social Networking – This is perhaps the biggest benefit of Joomla. Of the three, Joomla makes it the easiest to create social networks. Social networks can be a powerful asset for many sites, and with Joomla, you can have one up and running extremely quickly and easily.

Commerce Sites – If you want to set up an on-line store; that is also very simple with Joomla. While it is certainly possible with Drupal and WordPress, Joomla makes it faster and easier, and has more native support for these types of things.

Not too Technical – Joomla has, in many people’s opinion, found that middle ground between the ease of managing a WordPress website, and the power of more advanced C.M.S.

Help Portal – Joomla offers a great help portal for asking questions and getting technical support. It is quicker (and cheaper) than technical support most people get for Drupal.

Joomla is powerful, yet easy to use. It has been growing in popularity over the past several years. Joomla seems to have found a big market of people who are ready for something a little more powerful than WordPress.

This web site is made with Joomla 3: our favorite CMS.

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WORDPRESS

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WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system. It started out as a platform exclusively for blogging, but has grown and advanced significantly over the years. Today, over 40% of sites using CMS’s are using WordPress. In addition, over 60 millions websites are using WordPress which shows just how popular it is. WordPress offers many advantages to those looking to create a website, including the following:

Easy to Manage – You can create a new site in less than a half hour.

Customizable – WordPress has significantly more plug-ins, themes and other customizations available for it than any other CMS. This is largely because it is the most popular, so the designers of these items almost always create them for WordPress.

Community Support – With millions of people using WordPress, there are a lot of people out there to help you through any problems you may have. Several websites are set up by users offering free support to other WordPress website owners.

Of course, WordPress isn’t perfect in every way. Some common complaints about WordPress are that if the site grows too large, it can require significant server resources to keep up. The framework of WordPress is also difficult to change, so those looking to make back-end changes to their websites may have some trouble using WordPress.

These concerns are much more significant for sites that start getting hundreds of thousands of visitors per day, at which point a more robust server may be required to run the page. However, for a beginner, this is probably the most suitable platform to build a site.

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HTML / CSS

But you don't always need a C.M.S. sometime your page is very simple and you are not going to update often. In this case it's better to save money on its development and using a static web site. This kind of sites are developed using coding language called HTML and styled using another called CSS.

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Up until a couple of years ago we were seeing a dramatic change in the hosting options chosen by web masters. Thanks to the growing popularity of CMS and visually appealing websites, the website owners were steadily switching to dynamic scripting leaving the static HTML behind.

But lately, because portable devices became so popular, bigger complex web sites aren't that appealing anymore. Phone and tablet users don't have the patience to be browsing lot of pages to get where they want and they constitute up to 70% of average web traffic. 7 out of 10 possible clients are on portable devices.

Because of this huge change, people that offer a single product or service, a personal site, curriculum or portfolio, often prefer a SINGLE PAGE site. Deploying a C.M.S. to develop just one page would be a huge waste of time, money and resources.

If you think that your website requires frequent updating and soon you will be dealing with 50-100 web pages (or more), then there is no point in even starting an HTML website. But right now single pages web site are really popular and if you don't require updating and your site has not mover 3 to 5 pages, then it should be time to consider a SINGLE PAGE site.

But what is a SINGLE PAGE site and how it works? Who should use it? Keep reading and we'll explain it.

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SINGLE PAGE SITES

All the content is presented on one page divided in vertical sections. Sections are navigated through menus but they don't load anything, just "jump" to another "anchor" in the further down the page.

single page site sample

example of one page site: here and here

Single-page sites help keep the user in one, comfortable web space.

The immediate benefits of a single-page website is the content is presented in simple, easy and workable fashion for the user. Single page sites immerse the user in a simple linear experience. There’s a clear beginning, middle, and end. In fact, the scrolling nature of single-page sites makes them well suited for mobile users who are accustomed to the gesture.

Single page websites even lead to 37.5 percent more sign-ups, compared to a multiple page version. One-page navigation, of course, is more straightforward than a larger site for sites which serve a single purpose. That purpose might be selling one product or offering one service, for instance. If your goal is to tell a story, then single-page sites are also a natural choice for visual narratives.

The benefit of a single-page website is simple – scrolling is easier and more continuous than clicking endless links. If a user begins to scroll, then you may find them more likely to keep scrolling than to stop and click a link.

The biggest danger is falling into the trap of stuffing “10 pounds of stuff into a 5 pound bag.” Single page websites just can’t hold life, the universe and everything. As your categories of content increases (e.g. blogs, news, services, products), the more a single page site becomes less feasible.

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