AB has extensive experience of working with off-the-shelf content management platforms such as WordPress, as well as building bespoke content management systems (CMS). We will always use the correct tool for your requirements.
WordPress is one of the most well known content management systems in the world. It’s well supported in the community, and it is known for its being easy to use and flexible.
However, we know that every company is unique – and sometimes a one-size-fits-all solution won’t work. That’s why AB also offers bespoke CMS that are tailored to fit your exact business requirements. A bespoke content management system can be even more scalable and built to work exactly how your company needs.
We can help your company with:
- Managing your web content
- Building a CMS that support multi-site websites
- Developing a CMS with multi-lingual support
- Ecommerce integration
- Multiple user roles
- Migrating existing websites
- Secure logins with Two-factor authentication (2FA)
- Custom integrations and APIs
Why we build bespoke content management systems
Put simply, a bespoke CMS is tailor made for your business. It can contain features that aren’t available in off-the-shelf content management systems and will work in tune with your specific processes and requirements.
In a bespoke CMS, you can request new features and updates when you need them; it provides true customisation and flexibility. As the CMS will be built to your requirements, there won’t be any unused features to confuse users and to slow the system down; everything will be streamlined to do what you need it to do.
Why we use WordPress CMS and how we make it even better
WordPress is an open-source project which started in 2003 and is built on PHP and MySQL. The core of the platform has had millions of hours of development and now powers over a third of all sites across the web. WordPress combines simplicity for users and publishers with under-the-hood complexity for developers. This makes it flexible while still being easy-to-use.
Unlike many website providers, we don’t just use a standard installation and work hard to improve the setup, security and performance. Often, off-the-shelf content management systems like Joomla and WordPress can be daunting and confusing when logging into the administration area. We always customise and streamline the admin area to provide options that are specifically relevant to your website’s functionality.
Once your CMS is organised and ready to go, your Project Manager will give you a guided tour, making sure you and your team are fully trained and ready to start loading new content onto your site. Of course, we’ll always be on hand for any extra assistance or guidance (but, if we’ve done our job right, you probably won’t need it!)
We’ll also make sure your website settings are fully up-to-date and check that the relevant members of your team all have the correct access levels. We will train your administrators and content creation users.
Third party software integrations
If you need to integrate your CMS with new or existing software or an API, our Development team can help. Whether you need integrations with maps, accounting software, geo location, tide times, weather, Mailchimp, Amazon AWS, Mailgun, Slack, Salesforce or any other third party software, we have the skills in-house to achieve this.
If you have an existing CMS, we can help you audit and migrate your content over to your new CMS. Auditing the content will let everyone know what content is available, what needs to be migrated and what redirects and SEO considerations there are. We’ll work together to help you plan which content to keep, remove or to consolidate, and will be on hand to help you at every stage of the migration.
Yes, AB offers a range of copywriting and content services to make sure your company is speaking to your customers (and potential customers) in the most effective way possible.
Yes, we will keep your site safe and sound. We configure servers to implement security features such as Secure Certificates, Content Security Policy (CSP), Multi factor Authentication (MFA), Malicious IP Address, Web application firewall (WAF), Cross-site scripts and bot blocking. We also use a specialist provider for Penetration Testing and implement recommendations across our servers and websites.
We take security seriously and are certified Cyber Essentials Plus. This is a government scheme that tests organisations are protected and have secure practices in place. Cyber Essentials Plus is the highest level of certification offered where cyber security experts run scans to make sure the organisation is protected.
A Content Management System (CMS) is used to manage content. Users can create, edit, remove website content such as pages, blogs, job adverts, events, publications and case studies. Typically the content is displayed on a website.
You should review your CMS and website regularly to ensure your content creators and your site users are getting a great experience. If your CMS users are finding the system slow or they are frustrated with the way it works then it is time for a change. Your current CMS may be holding you back from getting your content where you need it and looking how you want.