Web Content Management
Hodgson has had great success implementing and customizing web content management systems (CMS) for our clients; these include many commercial and open source products. We’ve worked with several popular .NET and PHP systems: Ektron, Sitefinity, WordPress, Drupal, EPiServer, and Joomla, to name a few.
Given the number of options on the market today, Hodgson always engages in a CMS selection process when working with our clients. Below is a list of the predominant solutions we’ve implemented—click on the name of the CMS for more information about the advantages of that system.
As the platform of choice for more than 3,800 global companies, Ektron enables its users to create, deploy, and manage enterprise-scale, global, personalized websites. With Ektron, you can empower users, designers, and developers to work in parallel: users make content updates directly on the site via an intuitive browser-based editor; designers create site wireframes, ensuring global brand consistency; developers implement changes quickly using Ektron’s Framework API, pre-built .NET controls, and standard development tools like Microsoft Visual Studio.
Some of Hodgson’s Ektron clients:
- Biotechnology Industry Organization
- Samford University
- Rhode Island School of Design
- International Franchise Association
- Remington College
- National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA)
- Carpenter Technology Corporation
- Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
Sitefinity supports your web presence with an extensive web content management platform. It’s designed to be instantly familiar while providing a safe and predictable environment for multiple stakeholders to collaborate. Numerous features are included out-of-the-box, but new features can be added using standard ASP.NET technologies. Sitefinity is an excellent option for associations, nonprofits, and businesses, because it provides the power and versatility of the .NET platform without the high price tag of some of its competitors.
Some of Hodgson’s Sitefinity clients:
- Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP)
- KeyLogic Systems
- Montgomery Hospice
- The Lenkin Company (in development)
- Government Employees’ Benefits Association (in development)
EPiServer allows you to manage content seamlessly across all screens and channels. You can edit text and images directly on a page and view updates in real time, with previews available for mobile and tablet devices. Site admins can reuse content that’s already been written to maximize efficiency of making site updates. They can also take advantage of EPiServer’s built-in self-optimizing multivariate testing, which will automatically make educated adjustments to your website based on which content blocks are generating the most traffic and the greatest number of clicks. This CMS also includes a powerful search solution, EPiServer Find, and a robust e-commerce solution.
Some of Hodgson’s EPiServer clients:
- Kirkegaard and Perry Laboratories (in development)
- University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (in development)
WordPress is an open source, PHP-based CMS that powers a diverse array of websites. The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and the system is completely customizable through thousands of available plugins, widgets, and themes. Hodgson has designed and built a number of WordPress websites for institutions of higher education, nonprofits, associations, and businesses. WordPress remains one of the simplest, most user friendly systems available today.
Some of Hodgson’s WordPress clients:
- Presbyterian College
- Goodwin House
- W. L. Gary Company
- National Alliance for Radiation Readiness
- Generation Extinction
- Atlantic Coast Wind Composites
- American Chemical Society
- Alliance for Global Conservation
Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications. It’s built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world. Drupal can be used to create everything from a simple informational website to an enterprise application—thousands of available add-on modules and design options make it the optimal choice for clients who need the power of an enterprise CMS without the licensing costs of a commercial product.
Some of Hodgson’s Drupal clients:
- The Middle East Institute
- Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals
Joomla is an award-winning open source CMS characterized by ease of use and extensibility—editors require minimal technical know-how to manage a site built on this platform. Like Drupal and WordPress, this is a PHP system that uses a MySQL database to store and deliver content.
Some of Hodgson’s Joomla clients:
- Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association
- Eco Electric