WordPress Development: VVV, Consistency and Automated Deployments

WordPress Development: VVV, Consistency and Automated Deployments

At Y-Designs, as with other firms in our industry, we are often forced to develop client websites using WordPress.  Wordpress is like Windows in the late 90s, early 2000s; many tools are available, even though the operating system itself is kind of questionable. One of the biggest issues with WordPress Development is the fact that […]

Node CMS Comparison 2015

Node CMS Comparison 2015

We’ve been using Node for various projects including our project management system, and Ubiest.co (a world news reader on a map). We’ve used it in production for Sondry.com also. That said, most of our business is setting up CMSes with a custom template for client websites. We’ve started to see a lot of CMSes come […]

PHP CMS Comparison 2015

PHP CMS Comparison 2015

(or that time I compared 7 PHP Content Management Systems) Yup.  I’m here to compare PHP CMSes; seven of them!  Since I’m not particularly happy with WordPress or Joomla and unless stipulated and mandated and paid by the client wouldn’t consider Drupal.

Rebuilding Our Site Pt. 3 : New Content Strategy

Rebuilding Our Site Pt. 3 : New Content Strategy

In the last bit of our multi-part website rebuild series, we talk about what we consider to be one of the most important, but neglected aspects of websites, Content Strategy. Content is more important than any graphic elements or cool functionality. After all, the web is the new way to publish.

Joomla CCK Comparison

Joomla CCK Comparison

What is a CCK? Content Construction Kits are used to create custom posts/pages/entries on a CMS (Content Management System). This article compares 5 CCKs for Joomla.

  • Fabrik
  • Cobalt
  • Seblod
  • K2
  • ZOO
Creating K2 Templates

Creating K2 Templates

It’s always easy to tell the difference between a well made custom website and those websites that use stock templates. It’s the same difference in character between a brand new sports car you bought at the dealership and the race car built from the ground up. Sure one is comfortable and easy, but it definitely won’t have the character or the real performance you’re after. Cheap bolt on parts (bad plugins and modules) won’t make your car or website better either.

Why we use Joomla / K2 and not WordPress / Drupal

Why we use Joomla / K2 and not WordPress / Drupal

So, if you’re a developer/designer you may have noticed that our site does’t use Wordpress or Drupal, but instead uses Joomla.  For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about here, I’m talking about content management systems (CMS for short).  CMS keeps all of your pages in a database so that you can easily update content without knowing much technical skills.   A lot of people have a preference for different CMSes and I think they are all terrific for their purposes.  CMSes are definitely a lot better than straight HTML sites for most situations.

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