Thank you for visiting the Dante Consulting Group (www.danteconsulting.ca) website. After much neglect I have finally made some modest changes to move the website forward with the times. The website had been neglected while I went about helping others (That old adage of the shoemaker’s children go barefoot seems appropriate).
After some basic research and my own experience in the many content management systems that I interacted with over the years, I decided to use the wordpress.com service. My needs were very basic and included:
- A basic website with contact information, brief description of services and a blog.
- A clean look with simple/intuitive navigation.
- Did I mention the blog? I have wanted to do this for the last 5 years, after recommending and helping many customers create feedback surveys on support/technician performance, email newsletters and more; all designed to increase customer feedback and drive process improvement.
- A content management system (cms) that would provide the right mix of template and customizable features that could be managed from the desktop or mobile device.
Over the past few years I have been brought in to consult with groups that have been using open source or proprietary content management systems and the experience was invaluable.
The most important take aways from these engagements were:
- Clearly define your end goals. Not only for the published content, but also for your ongoing management and support of the system, the process for content publication approval, ease of use for all stakeholders and the one time/ongoing cost.
- Be wary of customization. Customization is valid in almost all cms deployments (css, layout, look and feel), however caution should be exercised when you try to “bend” a cms to accommodate an existing manual or user defined process which usually leads to some type of custom application or widget development.
- Keep it simple. Most cms systems cannot accommodate all of the needs from every organization on the planet. Don’t try to force a cms system to deliver something it cannot.
- Support, training and knowledge transfer. Make sure the cms you select can provide you with adequate self help or paid support to keep you up and running.
Taking my own advice and spending 2 hours this weekend we have a new website and finally a blog!