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WordPress challenges Drupal in media sites

Oct 31, 2013

WordPress has a variety of different use cases, but it’s notable that many larger and smaller media sites have switched to WordPress during the last couple years. Even though Drupal was once the rising star, WordPress shines when pushing streams of content and showcasing the best articles visually. This recent development has especially affected the Drupal community, because just a few years ago Drupal was the rockstar child that every media company wanted to use. This doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Continue reading “WordPress challenges Drupal in media sites”

Project story: Responsive web design propels former front runner back to the lead

Oct 2, 2013

Tampere University of Technology (TUT) registered one of Finland’s first two web domains in 1986 and was among the first universities to introduce intranets for both students and staff and launch an electronic magazine. TUT’s redesigned website caters to the web browsing tastes of various user groups across a wide range of browsing devices:
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Present and future of CMSs by Jeff Eaton

Jeff Eaton, CMS expert, frequent writer and speaker at web and open source conferences, shares his thoughts on topical real-world content management trends and issues. Currently Jeff works as senior digital strategist at Lullabot in the US.

Jeff is also a highly respected Drupal expert. He is one of the core developers for the Drupal project, specializing in architecture and API development. See “eaton” on drupal.org if you want to see what Jeff works on. We met with Jeff at Content Strategy Forum Helsinki 2013. Continue reading “Present and future of CMSs by Jeff Eaton”

Predicting the CMS of 2017: Smart previews, stream management and simpler CMSs

Instead of focusing on present-day features, what will CMSs look like four years down the road? Rasmus Skjoldan, designer of Typo3 CMS, asked several experts about the future of web content management, and many CMS experts answered to this challenge, such as Karen McGrane and Janus Boye. Many of the experts mentioned the need for better experience management and content targeting, but also many other interesting views were mentioned.

The leading CMS publication, CMSWire, picked up the issue and wrote an article about the challenge. CMSWire seemed to like especially my predictions, but also other experts were quoted. CMSWire article: WCM Insights: What Web Content Management Will Look Like by 2017. Continue reading “Predicting the CMS of 2017: Smart previews, stream management and simpler CMSs”

WordPress setting the minimum standard for web content management systems

Aug 22, 2013

The popularity of WordPress has been consistently on the rise all over the world. But in Finland, its popularity has grown so fast in such a short time that you could say there is a “WordPress Boom” going on in Finland.

One factor driving this boom are advertising agencies who are quite openly championing the use of WordPress as their default web content management system (CMS). Also this “boom” has given birth to numerous WordPress specialist companies based in Finland.

Especially for article-driven websites, WordPress has become the default choice – even for bigger brands. This should not come as a surprise to anyone who has followed the product development of WordPress. WordPress has focused almost exclusively on the development of features related to article publishing. Continue reading “WordPress setting the minimum standard for web content management systems”

Web CMS market trends in Finland 2013

Jun 3, 2013

This article summarizes a few trends that have been fairly strong in Finland during the last two years or so. Somewhat similar trends can also be seen happening elsewhere in Scandinavia, but this article focuses specifically on Finland.

Strongest trends are the steady the rise of WordPress and Drupal. Bigger players like Microsoft, Oracle and Sitecore still have trouble in getting traction on the market in Finland. Even frameworks like Django seem to be challenging the traditional players when it comes to choosing technology to power world-class web presences. Especially the growth of mobile is driving big web renewals, but the Web CMS products don’t seem to have much to offer when it comes to building these highly responsive websites.
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Is the role of the Web CMS getting smaller?

Jun 3, 2013

The question of the current status of the evolving role of Web CMS was the key takeaway from my recent conference trip to Philadelphia. This article summarizes my presentation that touched the topic from one angle. Also in the end of the article I will summarize the discussions around the matter during the conference. Continue reading “Is the role of the Web CMS getting smaller?”

Don’t expect your CMS to do multichannel publishing

Feb 28, 2013

Multichannel publishing has been around for some time, but many organizations are dreaming of a system that would publish their content to several channels, like their extranets, social media services, email newsletters and mobile sites.
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How to avoid vendor lock-in in a web project

Jan 23, 2013

Many of our customers have had bad experience with one or more vendors in their web projects. What they’ve learned the hard way is that a vendor may provide substandard service resulting in the customer wanting to change vendors to get better service. But changing partner is not always easy as many website owners find themselves locked into their current vendor.
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The 2012 CMS Market in Finland: Domestic products

Oct 4, 2012

This article lists the most significant domestic content management systems in Finland in 2012. The list contains CMS systems which compete primarily for web projects in Finland in the 10,000-50,000 euro range. The order of the systems listed is based on an estimate of how commonly they are used as platforms for medium-sized projects.
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The 2012 CMS Market in Finland: International Products

Oct 3, 2012

This article lists the most significant international content management systems in Finland. The list includes systems which are suitable for both large-scale websites and intranets. Other international products are also used in Finland, but this list includes only those with several integrators or very significant implementations. Continue reading “The 2012 CMS Market in Finland: International Products”

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