Web Content Management Software

There are many web design software programs from which to choose that offer either text HTML editors or visual editors. Visual editors are very popular among a large group of do-it-yourself web designers that do not know HTML. It provides an easy way to design a web page by using easily understandable procedures of programming. Through the use of icons, straightforward instructions and everyday language, visual editors have taken the fear out of building a website for many people. There are some visual editors that offer pretty advanced features and can produce killer looking sites for those who are creative, but HTML challenged!

There is an abundance of software programs available on the market today that reflect the growing use of the Internet among all sectors of society. Web design software is only part of the developmental trend occurring as a result of the huge interest in web based information. The very purpose for web sites is distribution of information no matter what the information is designed to accomplish. This leads to another stage of important programming that includes web content management software. This type of program is important in handling all the information that is uploaded to any website especially if that information is not controlled by one webmaster.

Some websites must accommodate multiple users that may input information and handle sections of a website. Updating and managing information is important for organizations such as colleges, large corporations, non-profit agencies, and other groups that must allow different users access to written media within a site. Typically, most web design software is used by one particular webmaster that continues to update and manage all pertinent content within a site even after it is built. For large groups with varying sections and responsibilities, management software can be installed that allows an entire system to operate seamlessly in a multiple user environment.

This type of software allows many people to work together in keeping a site up to date no matter where they are located. A global team can actually operate and manage a website, providing fresh content daily even though they are thousands of miles apart. Web content management software allows an entire group of users who are designated for different functions to submit content, link content and manage content any way they choose. Management software provides template based parameters that allow multiple users to update content while remaining within the certain look and feel of the website.

Management systems can provide an easy way to integrate or offer services such as calendars, bulletin boards and forums. A good web content management software system can be the basis for overall informational productivity within a business that provides professional and user friendly functions for all concerned. Before purchasing any system, however, consider several issues that can be important in making the best choice. Consider how many users may be adding content at any given time to a website, how much data will need to be stored and the particular security settings that will be needed.

As with any large content site, there may be several people that are responsible for posting content but there should always be a designated person for each department. The security features on any web content management software should accommodate the level of security that a business or agency may need. There are several management software systems that are easy to install, easy to use and provide superior functionality no matter what the application requirements. Of course, even before installing a management system, the original web design software should be used to set up a website with easy navigation features, accessible departmental sections and flexible format for changes or growth as a company may develop.

Many times a professional website designer is hired to develop the proper company or organizational site that will have the best functionality for visitors as well as internal users. This will further enhance the use of web content management software when it is installed. Unfortunately, many large business websites have not been built as a priority for serious business interests, especially those built over 3-5 years ago. "Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding is it established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches." (Proverbs 24:3- 4)

That is why many companies and organizations are finding the need to update their web presence with designs and functions that fit the current Internet environment. Cutting corners when it comes to websites is no longer a luxury businesses can afford in today's competitive, technically savvy marketplace. Whether a website is built by professionals that use the best in HTML text editing programs or it is built by a creative novice with advanced visual editing web design software, a website can project the right image and practical features necessary for just about any size business.

Blog Hosting Software

As communication becomes more global, blog hosting software has replaced the party telephone lines of the 1980s. Today's internet user is more hands-on than ever before, and considers himself an owner of the world wide web far more than he considers himself simply a user. It has become so simple to have your own website, to send mass email messages from a cluttered living room and to traffic internet communications from a personal desktop computer by using blog server software. If internet articles are the editorial letters of yesteryear, then blogging is the forgotten art of note writing. Blogs can take the form of social commentary, how-to article, response to a community of speakers and much more. Simply put, blogs are personal comments posted on a server available to be read by other internet users. Through the use of many applications, a blog can allow comments and archive old posts for future viewing.

Blogware, the term given to blog server software, is a specialized application package that contains content management systems that directly deal with blogging maintenance, techniques and needs. There are many blogware programs that are available free to download on a user's personal computer. Many of these are free and can be modified and redistributed. Others, however, are proprietary and have to be purchased for a fee. The proprietary blogware cannot be distributed to those without a license to own it. There is another type of blogware that is only offered through the creator's website. The blogger can use it for free or sometimes for a small fee. This kind of blogware usually focuses on hosting the posts on the internet, but occasionally also encompasses editing and updating the entries as well. Maintaining a blogging site is almost exclusively done via the internet. Blog hosting software allows the owner to make edits and updates to an existing post using a web based interface.

There are universal features found in all blog server software, and there are a few unique capabilities offered by a few blogging applications providers. All applications offer the ability to title the blog and a section to place the body text in. Another universal feature of blog hosting software is the ability to provide a hyperlink to the full body of the article if the body text only represents a portion of the content. In addition, all applications date the entry for archiving purposes. Some optional features offered by blog server software are the ability for readers to write publishable comments to the blogs and the ability to categorize the entries to make it easier to locate them when searching by topic.

Many blogware applications allow the author to create static pages. The content of these pages does not change or remains relatively the same throughout the life of the blog. Pages differ from blog entries in that they do not change as often and are not time dependent. For example, many blogsites have pages introducing the writers of the contributions. The more pages a blogger includes on the server, the more like a professional website the blogspace will appear to be. Most blogware programs support web syndication so that the content may referenced by web aggregator software. Applications that offer this have a ping mechanism that automatically notifies several search sites that information has been updated. In this way, the search engine will drive traffic to newly updated posts. The growing popularity of pinging servers as updates are made has lead to ping spam or sping. An example of sping is product manufacturers that have advertisements that are "bloglike." There are even software companies that have blogs filled with search engine optimized words that update every hour to be competitive in the getting web traffic.

Weblog applications offer the ability to moderate posts. Some software packages offer an interface that requires a moderator to look at all the posts and comments before they are able to be viewed by the web audience. Then there are other packages that require bloggers to join the server. All members can enter c comments to all the other members' posts. If a nonmember tries to comment, they will simply be denied access and asked to join the group. In both of these scenarios the owner of the weblog is able to prevent defamatory posts and off topic comments. Posting varies from blogware to blogware. Some blog hosting software allows the user to right click on any portion of text to open up a pop up window ready to accept text. Others require a form to be filled out and entered to post an entry. The simplicity of the form varies widely between weblog applications. Most all weblog packages offer the capability to post thumbnails of photos and other graphics to accompany a post.

Blog scraping is another activity blog server software is trying to safeguard against. Scraping is the practice of looking through a large number of blogging sites, usually on a daily basis, in order to find and steal content. Most scrapers only steal the content that has the most keywords in it so their own keyword relevance is quite high. Secondly, they leave out all other links within the original post, so that their own search engine ranking is higher than even the original poster. This can be quite detrimental to businesses that operate blogs. It is also proving harmful to individuals with strong moral convictions about topics. "Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." (Proverbs 30:6) For example, a scraper can post content on a pornographic site even if the source for the original information is morally opposed to the pornographic material. Blog hosting software is diligently seeking to address some of these pressing issues.

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