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Thinking beyond the CMS feature checklist: validating requirements and considering change management

Selecting any new technology for your organization often results in a comparison of features, and the decision can come down to which product has the features you want.

But when it comes to choosing a CMS, to some extent they all have the same set of core features. You're not usually technically limited on what you can do; the key is often in understanding how those features can be used effectively in conjunction with your organization's processes.

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Choose your CMS development partner wisely

How to choose the best content management system for your organization (hint: let someone else do it for you)

It’s no secret that eZ Publish / eZ Platform is our favourite CMS, and we recommend it to most of our clients when content creation, distribution, and monetization are key to their business. But the fact is, most CMSs have similar structures and similar goals: to make the process of creating and managing digital content easy. Does it really matter which one you choose?

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How a proper multi-channel CMS approach makes Facebook Instant Articles and Google AMP easier

With eZ Publish / eZ Platform at the centre of your content management strategy, from a single interface you can manage not just your users and content, but also multiple social channels.

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How to make the Facebook Page Plugin fully responsive

How to make the Facebook Page Plugin fully responsive

Adding the Facebook Page Plugin to your website is a great way to feature your community's activity on the world's largest social network. In most cases, adding the plugin isn't difficult, but if you need to make it responsive, a little extra work is required.

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Installing eZ Find's Solr on CentOS 7

To set up Apache Solr -- the search platform that powers eZ Publish (through the eZ Find extension) and eZ Platform -- as a service on CentOS 7, you have at least two options. We’ll cover both: a manually created service for the new systemd as well as the older SystemV -- via the service script included with eZ Find.

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Getting started with Facebook Comment Mirroring

Update (November 2017): Unfortunately, Facebook has deprecated Comment Mirroring and it is no longer possible to use this feature: https://developers.facebook.com/blog/post/2017/11/07/changes-developer-offerings/.

We recently migrated a client to Facebook comments and enabled Comment Mirroring. Though the process is simple, it’s poorly documented and a little finicky. Here's a rundown!

When you share a page from your website to your Facebook page, Facebook Comment Mirroring brings together the comments from both places into a single conversation. This means that you can use an active Facebook presence to generate engagement on your website, and vice versa. Once configured, comments are updated and synced in realtime by the Facebook JavaScript SDK. 

Here's an overview of what's involved:

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7 reasons to choose eZ Publish / eZ Platform if content is key to your business

If you landed here because you’re researching a content management system, then you already know there are literally thousands to choose from. Some you’re probably familiar with, but most you likely haven’t heard of. Narrowing down a shortlist can be overwhelming.

But if content is key to your business, you’ll want to choose a system that makes dealing with lots of content -- and leveraging it throughout your site and across other channels -- easy and intuitive.

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Does your company really need marketing automation?

Why you don’t need marketing automation

It’s the darling of today’s marketing mix: the marketing automation solution. Its very name can bring marketers palpable relief: imagine automating one of the most difficult and time consuming parts of your job -- lead nurturing -- so that lead conversion starts happening with minimal intervention. It’s every marketer’s dream!

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5 common publishing workflows and how your CMS can make them easier

Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi coined the term “flow” to refer to the positive feeling that results from being engaged in a focused task. It’s an apt description for the “workflow” experience we try to create for our publishing clients.

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Plagiarism scanner integrated into an editorial approval workflow

In our case study FindaTopDoc Prescribes eZ Publish for Healthy Content Management, we briefly covered our integration of PlagScan into the editorial approval workflow. When writing about medical topics, content -- especially medical term definitions -- can end up being duplicated on other sites, even if it was not purposely copied. Therefore, it is important for SEO reasons to ensure that all content on the FindaTopDoc site is as unique as possible. Here we'll take a closer look at how the plagiarism scanner integration works.

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Web accessibility is more art than science. Photo by Kevin Grocki / Flickr

Why web accessibility is more art than science

Ensuring your website is accessible to all members of your target audience can add unique requirements that demand novel solutions from your development team.

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Understanding your web accessibility audience

Before you embark on a project to make your website accessible to people with disabilities, it’s critical to understand what such a large and varied audience really looks like -- and what they need from your site.

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