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Utilizing Contentful as a content management system

7.12.2020

Web content management systems typically have the capabilities to manage both the content of online services and the presentation layer – the website. As customized solutions have become more popular, content management solutions that operate completely separate from the presentation layer have emerged as an alternative to more traditional publishing systems. The terms headless CMS, API-first CMS, and API-Driven CMS are used for these solutions.

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Many end up choosing two web content management systems

23.11.2020

The specialization of web content management systems for specific use is reflected as a phenomenon in the customers´ technology choices. Today, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to solve all online publishing challenges with one platform. Therefore, when there is a decision to be made, more and more end up choosing two different systems.

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CMS and ecommerce platforms in Finland

10.11.2020

The Finnish market situation on content management systems and ecommerce platforms is very interesting and various platform solutions are utilized in a surprisingly versatile way. We explored the options used in more detail and updated our directory of the most popular systems and platforms used in Finland. The directory is divided into three categories:

  1. Market leaders
  2. Strong challengers
  3. Other solutions

To support our evaluation, we conducted several data reviews, in which we investigated the implementation technologies of the websites using various tools.
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Data review: eCommerce technologies of big web shops in Finland 2020

2020-11-02

This year our eCommerce data review consists of 299 web shops. The criteria were the same as last years: The annual turnover of the company behind the web shop must exceed one million euros. Also, the selection must be reasonably large. Selling just gift cards is not enough.

The amount of different eCommerce platforms has decreased from last years 50 to 48 even though our sample size is a little bit bigger. The change is small, but a clear sign of concentration to fewer technological solutions. The market share of small platforms has constantly decreased and most likely the same trend will continue in the future too. Continue reading “Data review: eCommerce technologies of big web shops in Finland 2020”

Municipalities have plenty of WordPress partner options

14.10.2020

There are 310 municipalities in Finland, and according to our database, over 100 of them are using WordPress as their publishing platform. At the moment, there are about 40 implementation partners who have supplied municipalities WordPress sites, and many of them have experience with several municipality websites.

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Data review: Web content management systems in the Finnish public sector – analysis of over 500 websites

24.9.2020

We did a research on which web content management systems are used in Finnish public sector organizations. We went through over 532 publicly owned organizations’ websites, including all government administration, municipalities, and educational institutions.

WordPress is the most used web content management system in the public sector. 30 % of these organizations use WordPress, 14 % use Drupal and 11 % use Liferay. Overall, the public sector organizations are using 64 different content management technologies.

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Future, present and history of CMS user interfaces

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You don’t usually hear content editors praising the usability of their CMS, but still a lot of effort is spent on designing the user interfaces. We interviewed designer Rasmus Skjoldan from Copenhagen to hear about the current trends and major challenges in CMS user interfaces. Are things getting better? What are the main problems in making CMSs easier to use? Are the CMS vendors focusing on the right things?
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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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CMS trends: App store model

10.12.2012

CMS Expert Group Europe met in Basel in October. Issues on the table covered CMS usability issues, performance and optimization in web projects and we also took a look at CMS related marketing buzzwords like WEM and other new acronyms.

This time participants were mainly consultants and vendors (eg. Magnolia, Oracle, Onion.net), only Dan Jackson from London University College representing a customer with timely CMS challenges.

I will next outline my three main takeaways from the meeting. The takeaways are not direct observations from the meeting discussions, but more about my personal insights that got reinforced during the trip.
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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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