Creating User Interfaces to Work Within a CMS

17 Feb 2010 - 3:49pm
6 years ago
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Yvonnia Martin
2009

I hear ya, Jennifer. I work with a coldfusion-based content management
system and I don't think the community is as big and those of PHP and
.Net. We have 1 developer on staff who for some reason or another,
does not know the CMS at all (go figure). Anyway, we are totally
locked into basically 4 template styles. Each of the template styles
have "elements" of the page that you can edit in either the wysiwyg
mode or the html mode. I basically resorted to exploiting the html
editing portion of the thing! The template is still the template, but
in the end I am able to add in niceities without throwing off the
design or architecture too much. I find that people are happy that I
was just able to do something different with the thing (however
small)

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17 Feb 2010 - 1:15pm
Adam Williams
2010

How much control do you for the styling? I would make important action
links look button like, without over doing it. Also, be creative with
wording if you can't control the layout much.

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17 Feb 2010 - 2:11pm
Sue Chase
2010

I am working in a similar situation where we have limited page
templates built in a CMS and limited developers to help create more
custom pages.

My biggest suggestion is to do some analysis of what your needs are,
in regards to modules and templates. Use what you find to come up
with 2 or 3 page templates that you believe will be flexible enough
to meet your needs. Currently the site I work on has about 6
different page templates that have been created over the last year.

So be strategic about when you request new templates and sometimes
you will just need to make what you currently have work.

I hope this helps some.

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