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CMS Fundamentals

Course Summary

  Defines content management systems (CMSs) and explains their role in web site development.   

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    Course Syllabus


    What CMS means for this course
    1. CMS Basics
    What is a CMS?
    The evolution of CMSs
    CMS types
    Basic CMS capabilities
    When is a CMS right for you?
    2. Choosing a CMS
    Comparing CMSs
    Core features to research
    Commonly overlooked issues
    Properly assessing needs
    Knowing when to seek assistance
    Choosing a CMS for designers
    Choosing a CMS for organizations
    The pros and cons of hosted solutions
    Hosted solution examples
    The pros and cons of open source solutions
    Open source CMS examples
    Proprietary CMSs
    A closer look at Drupal
    A closer look at Joomla!
    A closer look at WordPress
    Resources for comparing CMSs
    3. CMS Terminology
    What is an open source CMS?
    What is a LAMP stack?
    What are WebDAV and FTP?
    What is MySQL?
    WYSIWYG editors
    Understanding users, groups, and permissions
    What is metadata?
    Understanding taxonomy
    What is version control?
    What are themes and templates?
    What is SEO?
    What are web analytics?
    4. CMS Best Practices
    Content management as a process
    Properly defining roles
    Planning a content strategy
    The importance of taxonomy
    Controlling content lifecycle
    Challenges for CMS migrations
    Steps for migrating content
    Avoiding distractions
    Additional resources

Course Fee:
USD 25

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4 - 5 hours / week

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