Adobe Communique 5, or CQ5, is a large-scale web content management system that is currently available from Adobe Systems (the makers of Photoshop and Illustrator). Originally developed by Swiss company Day Software, the CQ platform changed hands when Adobe acquired Day in October 2010. Adobe CQ5 is geared specifically for large companies and corporations with…

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SDL Tridion is an enterprise-level web content management system developed by UK-based Tridion International. It’s used almost exclusively by large, global organizations who need a solution that can handle vast amounts of information and activity, and deliver content in many different languages. It is one of the more expensive web content management platforms in the…


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Drupal is a free, open source content management system or “CMS” based on the PHP scripting language. Drupal began in 2001 as a project of developer Dries Buytaert and has since grown into one of the most popular and robust web frameworks available. As of July 2010, it is estimated that over 7 million websites…


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ExpressionEngine, or “EE,” is a multi-purpose content management system developed by American software company EllisLab. It is a modular web platform that offers three tiers of licenses: Freelancer, Non-Commercial, and Commercial. One of EE’s proclaimed benefits is its ease of use. Practically, this means that anyone can use it, without having to know PHP, the programming language EE…


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In web terminology, CMS stands for “Content Management System,” and describes a method of managing content, workflow, and collaboration online. CMS’s have revolutionized the way people think about and control content on websites. Web CMS’ are designed to simplify the production and publication of content on a website, allowing less technically inclined users to create…


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A mashup combines web content (such as news articles, blogs, photos, and videos) with some kind of other functionality, creating a hybrid service from two or more different sources. There are a number of different kinds of mashups on the web today: data mashups, consumer mashups, business mashups, media mashups and more. Essentially, all of…


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The term “social media” has rapidly become a standard in both web and cultural vocabulary, and the more you know about it, the better. Social media describes the powerful new ways individuals are engaging with content on the Internet, and vice versa. At its essence, social media is user-centric; it is, just like its name…


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Need help converging your traditional brick-and-mortar to dynamic bricks-and-clicks? Here are 5 simple steps to successful marketing on the web: 1. Ideate Begin early stages of development with explosive out-of-the-box thinking and rich creative mind-time. 2. Define Back-End Paradigms Look for top-shelf synergy and pro-active infrastructures in order to incentivize frictionless markets. With accessible elocution,…


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WordPress is one of the most popular content management and blog publishing applications available on the web today. First released in 2003 by developer Matt Mullenweg as a basic blog engine, WordPress is now a full-featured, fully customizable website creation tool used by millions of individuals, businesses and organizations around the world. WordPress is most…


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SEO stands for search engine optimization, the process of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to your website from search engines. Generally, the higher your website ranks in the search engines, the more traffic you receive. The process of applying SEO practices to your website relies on understanding both sides of the system. A…


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The widespread availability of cheap video editing and publishing tools have helped create an online phenomenon known as the viral video. Named for the way such videos are spread—and no, you will not contract any kind of biological disease—the viral video is a piece of video content that gains significant popularity through Internet sharing. Through…


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If you watch TV, read magazines or newspapers, or do business anywhere near a city, chances are you’ve heard of Twitter. And even if you haven’t yet, you will. Twitter is most commonly described as a free “social networking” and “micro-blogging” service that gives its users a way to send, receive, and share personal messages…


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CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, is a simple mechanism that is used in the web development world today to add style to Web pages or documents. When CSS is used, a web page’s—or even an entire website’s—standardized elements such as fonts, colors, and spacing are all controlled by the directions given on the CSS style…


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Web 2.0 is a term often used today to define a “second generation” of web development and design—it is a far-reaching term that encompasses a great number of new ideas, technologies, communities, and services. If the “first generation” used the Internet as a simple retrieval mechanism for information, the Web 2.0 generation represents the movement…


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RSS—or “Really Simple Syndication”—represents a kind of data flow that is common on the web today. It’s essentially a way to feed published works like news headlines, blog posts, audio, and video into a standardized, easily accessible format. Publishers (anyone with content to share) can use RSS to syndicate their content automatically. Readers (anyone looking…


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