Content Management

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Not too long ago, I worked with Alex Klock on creating a Tridion GUI extension for a client. The GUI extension was for a document embedding service provided by Crocodoc1.  Once I finished, I had to provide a training document for it. Soon after, the client wanted documentation on some other things. And then more

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I’m a child of the 80’s. Every Saturday morning, between Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men, and GI-Joe I’d catch at least two or three Public Service Announcements from NBC where they’d teach me about bullying or doing my homework, and end it with, “The More You Know.” The last few Tridion 2011 projects I’ve had

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It was about two weeks into a project at Tahzoo that I had started in June that I made a discovery that rocked my world: the ternary operator. I think it was my coworker and one of my leads, Piti Itharat, that had introduced it to me. Since then, the ternary operator has become my

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I’ve recently finished a big project with Tahzoo that runs on Tridion 2011 and uses Razor Mediator. There’s a growing number of Tridion  Razor Mediator implementations out there, but this one was a tad different for a few reasons. For one, this project was heavily taxonomy-dependent. Navigation is generated with categories and keywords, and even

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Working in Content Management System (CMS) implementations has its challenges. While some of those challenges are in the application itself, many can be with the content authors. Content authors expect a certain amount of flexibility in how they can add or remove content on a page and we have to find a way to account

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At Tahzoo, we pretty much shoot for HTML5 websites 100% of the time; the only time the project isn’t HTML5 is if the client explicitly says so. We have a current client whose HTML5 site also required some fun Ajax things like creating an interactive poll and even some email functionality. In order to really

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support rapid updating of content, changes in Search Engine Marketing, and syndication of content. One of the core indicators of a well-architected CMS, in fact, is the separation of Design, Content, and Information Architecture. Put another way, the layout of a page is independent of the content on it, which is independent of the organization of pages. While there is much focus on getting the CMS to support the content strategies of now and the future, next to none goes into supporting the Brand strategies of the future.

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I’m beginning the first in a series of posts call the CMS diaries. I’m a contractor for a very large and reputable organization which is launching a new website very soon.I was brought in specifically to serve as the business analyst for the web content management system. As exciting as that might sound, it isn’t. In the wonderful, wide, world of the web – the CMS is the dullest part. The guy who does your CMS is the accountant for Greenday. There’s no chance of being hip, cool, or creative. At best, he can say that he’s the reason American Idiot was 99 cents a song. Regardless, I will sexify the incredibly boring and forgotten part of your web redesign: The Web Content Management System.