PHP programmingContent Management Systems:
The two solutions below are a sampling of the commonly deployed open-source content management systems in use today by a broad range of website managers. We work with each client on a case-by-case basis to assess which solution meets their needs and requirements. Both these systems offer a comprehensive array of features that allow a website to grow, promote your institution, and offer a rich experience for a website visitor.
Google Analytics is a full-featured web analytics solution that provide insights into your website traffic and marketing effectiveness. Google Analytics presents collected data in attractive and intuitive charts, graphs, and tables that allow you to analyze your traffic data. With a few lines of code that are placed into your website files, Google Analytics will become one of the most important tools you use with your website. Google Analytics can be used with any website content management tool.
Whether you are trying to collect email addresses to send out an e-newsletter, or you have a complex form for visitors to apply for an available position within your organization, you must be able to collect the data that you are requesting. How you request this information is just as important as what information you are requesting. We provide solutions on how to determine what data to collect, how to ask for it, and how to store and retrieve the information for use by your organization.
We know that security is an overriding concern when implementing an e-commerce solution and ensure that all of our sites comply with industry-standard compliance guidelines. The following are some of the off-the-shelf e-commerce packages that we have deployed.
WP e-Commerce is the WordPress e-Commerce plugin is a state-of-the-art e-Commerce platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards and usability. WP e-Commerce integrates seamlessly with the WordPress Update System and WP e-Commerce makes it easy for you to accept payments online. WP e-Commerce integrates with Google Checkout, Paypal, Authorize.net, Payment Express and many other trusted payment processors.
Zen Cart™ is a robust and user-friendly open source shopping cart system that is written in PHP and runs on a variety of platforms. Its administrative interface allows non-technical users to easily manage the cart with minimal training.
Drupal’s Ubercart ( http://www.ubercart.org/ ) module is an e-commerce suite developed specifically for Drupal. Designed with the end user in mind and the solution highlights usability in three key areas: store configuration, product and catalog creation, and order administration. Ubercart is the ideal solution for stores that sell physical goods, digital product downloads, and site memberships.
Apart from an e-commerce solution, it may be necessary for your website to collect payments or donations from your website visitors in a trusted and secure environment. Payment collection options range from custom-coded integrated solutions within your website to 3rd party services such as Google Checkout, Paypal, Authorize.net. Each of these options has it’s own unique benefits and we will walk you through the process and provide details as to which solution will work best for your website. If you already have a merchant account, we can work with them to determine if they offer on-line payment processing in order to help minimize the costs to your organization.
Real-Simple-Syndication feeds are an excellent way to allow your website visitors to subscribe to your website content. Industry standard content management systems provide RSS capabilities out-of-the-box, but if you require a customs RSS solution, we can do that too! With a custom solution you can choose what content on your website should be available via and RSS feed.
Blogging and Forums
Discussions with your website visitors can be handled via Blogs or Forums. These two types of conversations are often confused as being the same type of functionality on a website, but each has unique features and benefits. We can help you decided which is right for you and what you should know about the best practices for managing this level of content.
If your organization requires the ability to post information to a calendar, whether for events or meetings, we can help you with either a custom solution or an embedded Google Calendar. You gain the control and the ability to manage this content at any time, day or night.
Hosting plans come in all shapes and sizes and we’ve worked with them all. We can help you decide if you require a plan-switch or an upgrade to obtain the website that fits your organization. Websites today offer many possibilities to your visitors and your hosting plan has to be up to the challenge to match your needs.
Our solutions are easy-to-use and offer you the ability to control the most important content within your website. The tools we provide are intuitive for some, but accessible to all, once you complete a short training session on the interface and capabilities that we have enabled within the CMS tool that has been customized for your website.