Yes, I know I have issues with this. I really dislike websites not built with a content management system.
- Because you’ll always need a webmaster. This was a good job to have a few years ago because you would be the only person who had the keys to website. You were the gatekeeper. If anyone wanted to change anything including just text, they had to go to you, the person with the knowledge of how the website was built. That is unacceptable in my book and for this day and age.
- Because you don’t know how people will be visiting your website. Mobile traffic is up everywhere. Do you really understand all the different browsers and how your website will look in them? It’s not worth your time to adjust, adjust and re-adjust just to get two pictures to line up on your website while looking through Firefox, Google, Safari and the dreaded Microsoft Internet Explorer. Whoops, I forgot all the mobile browsers. Better check those, too.
- Because you should be spending time on your content. You are a content producer (you write paragraphs, produce graphs, answer questions, maybe make a video. Stop worrying about how to deliver it to the internet. With a content management system, you can easily add all these things without fighting how to code it. Continue reading
Dreamweaver is not the answer
Does anyone have a doubt that the web is a very different animal then it was ten years ago, five years ago, two years ago?
Campus has changed quite a bit in that time – just look around at the new buildings, new roads, new football coach…again. But you are still struggling with Dreamweaver and Contribute, then you are doing it wrong.
Dreamweaver was a great tool back in the day. It helped us build lots of sites but it’s not the answer now. We’ve grown up, moved along and now we take the web very seriously – as the university should – and we don’t offer any Dreamweaver help (except to get you out of it) and we dislike dealing with Contribute tremendously.
So why should you get out of Dreamweaver?
- Dreamweaver doesn’t build clean code. The code that it dumps into your website slows the user down. Why do that? Conductor and WordPress have much better code and it’s updated all the time to make it better. Continue reading
Frustrated? Stop using Contribute and use Conductor or a Blog
Do you need help with Contribute? Can you not access your web site because it was built using Contribute?
We get lots of these types of questions dealing with Contribute everyday. We struggled and continue to struggle with Contribute as well. The keys won’t work. It’s hard to manage. No one ever remembers the netID that was used to set up the web site. The software upgrade skipped a few upgrades and now the web site won’t work with Contribute CS4.
Maybe it’s time to just move on. Contribute was the prime way to get a website built on campus a few years ago but that’s not the case anymore.
AgencyND has built two different platforms that make it easy to get your web site up on the internet.
- Conductor – web content management system
- WordPress Blogs at ND – blogging tool and web content management system
And both of them are controlled by your netID and you don’t need to know HTML to use them. How great is that? Continue reading