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  1. I don't normally frequent these boards that much, but I felt compelled to share my recent CMS experiences. For over a decade I've been using ExpressionEngine for all my work - from version 1x to 3x. In all that time it's been a pretty reliable system. I work for a design company so our work flow starts with a visual design, then HTML mockups which are then converted to templates to integrate with the CMS. EE suits that work flow perfectly well as the content part of the HTML is just replaced with the EE tags. The functionality of the system can be extended with a range of addons of course. EE is still a great system, but as noted above, in over a decade it has only gone from version 1 to version 3. More worryingly the number of developers supporting the platform seems to be falling. Crucial addons have been transferred to other developers. Support requests go unanswered. Clients are sceptical about wether EE is right for them. Sadly it looks like EE is on the wane. So I thought maybe it's time to go with the herd and move to Wordpress. I have used Wordpress for smaller sites where EE seemed like overkill. I thought that maybe it was time to gear up to offer Wordpress for bigger sites. My only fear was how easy a WP site is hacked. But I thought that could be dealt with. So I started by building an installation before the design was put in place. That way I could tailor the design to the WP output. Days of work ensued trying to 'clean-up' the templates after the plugins were installed to make them suitable to integrate with a design. And I had to tell the client that features he wanted wasn't supported by the plugin we were using. After a lot of head scratching I gave up. I went back to the client and convinced him to use EE after all. But the issues with EE sadly remain. So, with a deep breath I started a Craft tutorial. I've been following the progress of Craft from when it was called Blocks. Even at launch it looked a bit basic for client use, but now it's a different story altogether. Craft suits our workflow and there are two killer features in Craft that, for me, make it stand head and shoulders above both EE and Wordpress. The first is the Matrix field. This isn't the same as the EE Matrix field developed by Pixel and Tonic, or the repeater field in ACF for Wordpress (both of which are addons). The built-in Craft Matrix field allows you to add rows of completely different content and so not restricted to adding rows of the same content. This is just fantastic. The one thing clients always ask for, is to embed video at any point within a main content section. This is a breeze with the Matrix field. The second is the preview. It doesn't use a different template like EE (which is a complete ball ache), and unlike WP it retains the editing pane - so that you can continue editing with the preview alongside. And the preview updates as you work! The only downside to Craft is the slightly esoteric Twig tags it uses. The EE tag system is far simpler to understand. But Twig is still way easier to understand than WP tags. After using Craft for a bit and then needing to go back to EE for a job, EE seemed very frustrating to use. So if you're in the same position I was in then I recommend giving Craft a try.
  2. Domain transfer

    Cheers, thanks for your response that answers my question.
  3. Domain transfer

    Hi, I've have a client who has been paying someone to 'administer' the company domain name. We now need to get the domain transferred to the client, but the administering party will not play ball. Is there anything I can do?
  4. SAP anywhere e-commerce

    Wow - cheers!
  5. SAP anywhere e-commerce

    Guess not then!
  6. Anyone here with experience of using SAP anywhere e-commerce? I'm trying to find out about the templating system.
  7. Where to start?

    I would agree with the fact that Advanced Custom Fields is pretty much essential to turn Wordpress into a proper CMS. You can then start creating template pages with more than one block of content - a main text article and a sidebar for example. The bit of code needed to pull in a custom field is quite straight-forward (by Wordpress standards). The Pro version is about £12, and includes the repeatable content field. For me, this is an essential field type as it allows you to create anything from slideshows to a table of contact details. You can create a custom field group and then link it to a template or templates. This means that when an administrator chooses a template when creating a new page, the basic text field changes to the custom one linked to the template. I think the main confusion with Wordpress is the theme and plugin culture that has grown up around the system - aimed at letting non-coders create a website. (I once tried to build a blog with a theme based on Genesis. I lost count of the number of plugins I needed to use to get basic functionality.) So when some people are discussing Wordpress, they are actually referring to this type of development process rather than what I would call a proper CMS.
  8. HTML 5 title structure

    The problem is SEO people then jump on your back because they *think* only one h1 tag should be used on a page.
  9. HTML 5 title structure

    Thanks, this issue (ie with multiple headings) drives me insane.
  10. HTML 5 title structure

    Can anybody give me an opinion on the following HTML5 page structure, whether it is correct or not? (ie. not if there are mistakes in the coding, just if adheres to the HTML5 structural spec.) <body> <header> <h1>Company name</h1> <nav>…</nav> </header> <section> <header> <h1>Blog</h1> </header> <article> <h1>Blog entry title</h1> … </article> </section> <footer> … </footer> </body>
  11. Form return on validation

    I've got a form with a page position 'below the fold', with inline validation errors. After submission, if the validation errors are triggered the page returns to the top, hiding the form from view - the user does not see the errors. How do I ensure the return does not go back to the top of the page?
  12. Hi outfoxed98, I hope I can help you as I was in this same position myself several years ago. It's difficult to understand the difference between creating a static website and a database driven one with a CMS at first. Needless to say you cannot convert a static site created in Dreamweaver or Muse into Wordpress templates without a lot of work. (There will probably be replies disagreeing with this, but I'm talking to you as a designer with limited or no coding experience). You could use the apps to create mock-ups to get signed off before handing them to a coder. I find that even if you pass a PSD to a developer they sometimes don't get the nuances of your design and creating a coded mockup will let you review the design in a browser. With my developer hat on I'm sometimes given flat mockups that don't work in the browser. For a beginner I would recommend learning HTML and CSS rather than using Muse. You could start with code view in Dreamweaver, then progress to using something like Coda by Panic. Once you get proficient at creating flat pages you could choose a CMS to use, then concentrate on that. Don't assume Wordpress is the default choice as there are many different CMS's, all with advantages and disadvantages. But if you do your research, you should find which is best for you.
  13. Font awesome icons not showing?

    I don't know if this is related or of any help, but Firefox does not allow fonts to be used from the same domain. (You can circumvent this though).
  14. "share" button sitewide

    Try either http://www.addthis.com/ or http://www.addthis.com/
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