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Headless CMS Scenarios: This Is Not Your Traditional CMS!
"The traditional CMS systems were built to manage websites. Headless CMS, however, represents a universal building block that can be used in any scenarios that involve content."
webdevelopment  headless  contentstrategy  contentdesign  content  cms  migration 
10 days ago by garrettc
Headless API CMS for both developers and marketers - Prismic
"Prismic helps developers and marketers/content managers to work on websites and apps together: 1) Developers can focus on code and never touch content 2) Content teams can change and create pages independently· Compatible with React, Angular, Node, Laravel, Rails, vanilla JS/PHP/Ruby"
javascript  api  cms  content  webdevelopment  headless 
january 2019 by garrettc
How to Make Content Marketing Work With an Agile Team
"To create content using Agile methodologies, set up parallel marketing and content marketing sprints."
content  contentstrategy  agile  process  webdevelopment 
january 2019 by garrettc
Content collaboration with an agile team – GatherContent
"In this webinar Rich Prowse, Digital Editor-In-Chief at the University of Bath, explores why the University adopted an agile approach to content."
content  contentdesign  contentstrategy  video  webdevelopment  agile 
january 2019 by garrettc
The Discipline of Content Strategy
It’s time to stop pretending content is somebody else’s problem. If content strategy is all that stands between us and the next fix-it-later copy draft or beautifully polished but meaningless site launch, it’s time to take up the torch, time to make content matter. Halvorson tells how to understand, learn, practice, and plan for content strategy.
content  contentstrategy  webdevelopment  copywriting  userexperience 
december 2018 by garrettc
From Blobs to Chunks: A Real Life Example of How to Structure Content
"In the article [Karen McGrane] talks about the conflict between content creators and web designers, and the contrasting understandings they have of the formatting and presentation of content. This tension can be similarly placed in between the author and the developer — it’s about a divide in the production and the delivery of content."
contentdesign  contentstrategy  content  model  bestpractice 
november 2018 by garrettc
Content Modelling: A Master Skill
"The content model is one of the most important content strategy tools at your disposal. It allows you to represent content in a way that translates the intention, stakeholder needs, and functional requirements from the user experience design into something that can be built by developers implementing a CMS. A good content model helps ensure that your content vision will become a reality."
contentdesign  contentstrategy  cms  content  model 
november 2018 by garrettc
Valid CSS Content
"There is a content property in CSS that's made to use in tandem with the ::before and ::after pseudo elements. It injects content into the element."
css  content  webdevelopment  tips 
october 2018 by garrettc
How to improve your design process with copy docs
"A copy doc is a one-stop “source of truth” for all the copy in a project. There’s no single way to create or use one, but here are some basics to help you get started."
content  contentstrategy  copywriting  webdesign  appdesign 
july 2018 by garrettc
"A free community for sharing instructional videos and content for teachers and students. We are an education focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners."
video  content  education  teaching 
july 2018 by garrettc
No More FAQs: Create Purposeful Information for a More Effective User Experience
It’s normal for your website users to have recurring questions and need quick access to specific information to complete … whatever it is they came looking for. Many companies still opt for the ubiquitous FAQ (frequently asked/anticipated questions) format to address some or even all information needs. But FAQs often miss the mark because people don’t realize that creating effective user information—even when using the apparently simple question/answer format—is complex and requires careful planning.
faq  contentstrategy  content  userexperience  webdevelopment  help 
january 2018 by garrettc
Why we removed the most visited advice page on our website
"It gets 70,000 visits a month and is in the top results for lots of queries about work problems on Google. But we’ve looked at the feedback and tested how people are using the page, and it’s clear we need to find a better way to help them solve their problems."
content  usability  userexperience  webdevelopment  contentdesign  contentstrategy  pamoja 
june 2017 by garrettc
Take the Time to Use Fewer Words
If a user experience needs an explanation, something is fundamentally broken. Consider redesigning the experience until people no longer need it explained to them.
userexperience  pamoja  writing  contentdesign  content  contentstrategy 
january 2017 by garrettc
Reclaiming Social: Content Strategy for Social Media
“We want to go viral!” says the chief communications officer. “Can’t help you” used to be our standard answer. But by doing this, we’ve left social media in the…
socialmedia  content  contentstrategy 
november 2015 by garrettc
Danny Meyer Is Eliminating All Tipping at His Restaurants
Bookmarked more for the interesting article format. Big lede with shortcuts to relevant sections.
design  webdesign  content  contentdesign 
october 2015 by garrettc
Love Your CMS
Selecting and configuring the “best” CMS can bewilder and confound, but worry not. Eileen Webb, Karen McGrane, Jeff Eaton, and Ryan Irelan take you through customization, traditional versus “headless” CMSes, design, backend UX, and more in this hour-long event recorded live on August 25.
cms  cmf  contentmanagement  contentdesign  content  contentstrategy  webdesign  webdevelopment  drupal  perch 
september 2015 by garrettc
Modeling Rich Narrative Content
"Want a quick crash course in modeling narrative content? My slides from are up and online"
content  contentdesign  contentmodelling  contentstrategy  presentation 
september 2015 by garrettc
Welcome to Madoko
"Madoko is a fast markdown processor for writing professional articles, books, manuals, webpages and presentations, with a focus on simplicity and plain text readability.

With Madoko you can write complex documents completely in markdown and get beautiful PDF and HTML output. "
markdown  content  writing  tools  html  pdf  latex 
september 2015 by garrettc
The Battle for the Body Field
"As we attempt to combine multi-device design requirements with complex, media-rich narratives, we’ve hit the wall. The chunky, fields-and-templates approach we’ve developed can’t save us from the mismatch between our content and HTML’s descriptive tools. The good news is we don’t have to convert all our projects to XML to learn from the XML community’s wisdom. By using custom elements and properties to represent content’s meaning, transforming it into HTML on output, and ensuring that editing tools share the same vocabulary, we can publish structured content that supports the needs of today’s editors and art directors while also making our content safe for future generations."
content  contentdesign  contentstrategy  webdevelopment  responsivedesign 
september 2015 by garrettc
The Content Strategy Alliance Tools & Templates
Content strategy tools, templates, best practices. Incredible resource via Content Strategy Alliance.
contentstrategy  contentdesign  content  tools  toolkit  template 
august 2015 by garrettc
When Editors Design: Controlling Presentation In Structured Content
A really nice article about structured content by . I recommend reading slowly, bookmarking everything.
contentstrategy  contentdesign  content  cms  structure 
july 2015 by garrettc
Tiny Content Framework
"a tiny content strategy framework focused on goals, messages, and branding. This is not a checklist. Use what you need and scrap the rest. Rewrite it or add to it. These topics should help you get to the bottom of things with clients and other people you work with."
content  contentdesign  contentstrategy  framework  tools 
june 2015 by garrettc
10 More Charts That Are Changing Content Marketing
In just a few months, the content marketing scene has changed dramatically. More studies have been done, more charts have been made, and content marketers needs this information more than ever to stay on top of this rapidly changing industry.
contentstrategy  contentdesign  content  marketing  statistics 
may 2015 by garrettc
A place for everything.
Content strategy advice viewed through the lens of decluttering.

"…for those organizations (or individuals) who are just starting to consider their content strategically, this might be a simple starting point: four questions to ask yourself before adding more content (press releases? newsfeeds? company blog?) that risks junking up your flat."
design  simplicity  contentstrategy  webdevelopment  contentdesign  content 
april 2015 by garrettc
Install and Integrate Elasticsearch with Drupal
"In this tutorial I am going to look at the possibility of using Drupal 7 as a content management system that powers another high performance application. To illustrate the latter, I will use the Silex PHP microframework and Elasticsearch as the data source. The goal is to create a proof of concept, demonstrating using these three technologies together."
drupal  contentdesign  content  contentstrategy  cms  search  symfony  silex  php  elasticsearch 
april 2015 by garrettc
Content Templates to the Rescue
As an industry, we’ve learned to plan our sites to achieve business goals and meet human needs while shipping on time and delivering compelling user experiences. Alas, despite all the sweat we pour into strategy sessions and GANTT charts, we still have to coax content out of our subject matter experts and get it onto every page of the site. This is where the strongest hearts grow frail, and even seasoned developers reach for Advil or something stronger. But help, in the form of content templates, is on the way. Seize the power.
content  contentstrategy  business  planning  template 
april 2015 by garrettc
A Guide to Strategic Content Templates
Big content projects—the kind with lots of contributors, subject matter experts, and stakeholders—can get really messy really fast.
content  contentstrategy  pagetables  business  strategy 
april 2015 by garrettc
Start Your Next Web Project With a Content-First Discovery Phase
Are you ready for your next website project? Consider doing a content-first discovery phase.
webdevelopment  content  contentstrategy  contentdesign 
march 2015 by garrettc
Content Mad Libs
"You remember mad libs, right—those little books where you’d fill in the blanks with random nouns, verbs, and adjectives and end up with a ridiculous story? Well, here’s a use for mad libs that’s not ridiculous at all: incorporating them into a content workshop."
contentstrategy  content  workshop  business  ideas 
march 2015 by garrettc
The problem with websites
It doesn't have to be content vs design though, which is what this graphic is suggesting.
content  copywriting  contentstrategy  webdesign  metaphor 
march 2015 by garrettc
Toolbox — Content Strategy Workshops
Tools and descriptions to help you run workshop exercises yourself.
content  contentstrategy  tools 
march 2015 by garrettc
A Content Staging Solution for Drupal 8 (and more)
"Moving content between different environments is a need for many big companies that have a Drupal site and content that should be created, reviewed, edited and published on different environments. Although Drupal 8 is not yet released, a content staging solution is already in the works."
drupal  drupal8  pouchdb  couchdb  angularjs  content  contentstaging 
february 2015 by garrettc
A community center for databases and services that support Apache CouchDB-style replication.
couchdb  pouchdb  replication  content  contentstaging 
february 2015 by garrettc
Native mobile apps
Using Drupal as the backend for mobile application development.
ios  drupal  application  android  content  contentstrategy  business  cmf  cms 
january 2015 by garrettc
Training the CMS
Launching a site powered by lovingly crafted content models is a joy. But what happens in the weeks that follow, as authors start entering new content into the CMS? If you want to keep your well-structured content intact and on strategy, a training PDF won’t cut it. Let Eileen Webb show you what will: getting editorial guidelines where your authors need them most—in the CMS itself.
cms  content  contentstrategy  webdevelopment 
october 2014 by garrettc
Some interesting things about how we do content design
"We don’t just write the content for GOV.UK – we design it. This sounds simple, but they’re fundamental to the way we work: understanding user needs, designing content that meets those needs, and iterating to improve it in response to user feedback."
gds  content  contentstrategy  contentdesign 
july 2014 by garrettc
Website content organisation & collaboration.
collaboration  content  webdesign  webdevelopment  contentstrategy  tools 
january 2014 by garrettc
Kill It With Fire! What To Do With Those Dreaded FAQs
"It’s a good start. But it’s scaffolding: writing that helps you get to the writing you’re supposed to be doing. It supports you while you write your way to the heart of your content. And once you get there, you have to look back and take the scaffolding down."
contentstrategy  copywriting  faq  content  userexperience 
december 2013 by garrettc
24 ways: Extracting the Content
Relly Annett-Baker's guide to content strategy and tools. Page tables are very useful.
business  contentstrategy  webdevelopment  content  template  pagetables 
november 2013 by garrettc
Content Cleanup!
Take the opportunity afforded you by moving CMS to clean up your content.
content  contentstrategy  cms  business  copywriting 
october 2013 by garrettc
The Long & Short of Writing for the Web - 52 Weeks of UX
'“People don’t read on the Web”. Instead, the author claimed, they “scan” text instead. There are several problems with this assumption, however. First, people do actually read on the Web…scanning is simply the first step in the process. Second, short text can be just as poorly written as long text (and often is). Third, people actually seek out and enjoy reading longer texts. '
content  copywriting  usability  userexperience 
september 2013 by garrettc
Understanding Progressive Enhancement
"Progressive enhancement focuses on the content.… Content is the reason we create websites to begin with. Some sites disseminate it, some collect it, some request it, some manipulate it, and some even do all of the above, but they all require it."
progressiveenhancement  webdevelopment  content  contentstrategy 
september 2013 by garrettc
The Inconvenient Truth About SEO
Design for users, not search engines. Invest time in producing content that people want to read, want to link to. This is a long term thing.
content  contentstrategy  seo  userexperience  wdcsintranet 
february 2013 by garrettc
Big Trouble in Little Content: Planning for Reusable Microcopy
Lullabot's Jeff Eaton on how to wrap your head round writing those tiny pieces of customer facing copy.
content  contentstrategy  copywriting  userinterface 
february 2013 by garrettc
Adaptive Content: Our primary platform is burning; Time to jump.
"If “responsive design” is about teaching the design know the device, “adaptive content,” according to Karen, is about teaching the content to know itself."
content  webdesign  webdevelopment  responsivedesign  contentstrategy  wdcsintranet 
june 2012 by garrettc
First Principle: Disambiguation
"Content plays a huge part in the ongoing communication between your users and your product, service, or brand, and as such it has a whole rich life after we carefully select it and place it in the public eye.

The computer systems that increasingly mediate our communication can either facilitate or hinder the flow of information. As professional communicators, we need to understand how well the content in the system keeps the conversation flowing, and how these communications are taking place." - Rachel Lovinger
content  contentstrategy  copywriting  tagging  metadata  semantics  semanticweb  web  wdcsintranet 
may 2012 by garrettc
Top 10 Content Strategy Mistakes to Avoid
"Melissa Rach, coauthor of Content Strategy for the Web, Second Edition, sees far too many organizations making similar mistakes in their outreach attempts. The "throw it together" approach that most people employ tends to create havoc, rather than useful information for potential customers and clients. She shares 10 of the most common (and dangerous) pitfalls that everyone should learn to avoid."
contentstrategy  copywriting  content  wdcsintranet  bestpractice 
april 2012 by garrettc
Auditing Big Sites Doesn’t Have to Be Taxing
"At Brain Traffic, people often ask how we audit big websites—really big websites (anything from 20,000 to millions of pages). Truth be told, auditing these colossal sites is no small feat, but it can be done, and fairly quickly at that."
contentstrategy  contentaudit  projectmanagement  content 
april 2012 by garrettc
Dead Silos and the Content Archipelago Ascendant
"Devices aren’t replacing the Web for content consumption, as some publishers have doggedly asserted, they’re adding to it."
contentstrategy  content  mobile 
march 2012 by garrettc
Structured Content: An Overview
Terrific, plain English introduction to structured content (with lots of great links).
contentstrategy  structure  content  webdevelopment  uxoxford2012  oxdug2013 
march 2012 by garrettc
Less Work, More Flow: Mobile is Just the Beginning
First in a three part series on developing platform neutral content. A must read.
contentstrategy  content  copywriting  mobile  wdcsintranet 
march 2012 by garrettc
Space To Breathe
Why making your content kind and calm is a good idea.
copywriting  content  contentstrategy  webdesign  uxoxford2012  oxdug2013 
march 2012 by garrettc
Making up Stories: Perception, Language, and the Web
"Stories have been around as long as we have, helping us understand our world and ourselves. We learn and retain information best through stories, because they turn information into more than the sum of its parts. But what makes a story a story, and what does it mean for the digital world we’ve built?
content  contentstrategy  copywriting  web  narrative  storytelling  uxoxford2012  oxdug2013 
february 2012 by garrettc
Our First Principles
Content Magazine interviews developers and strategists about their own first principles, how those principles have changed over time and about the place where they began
advice  business  content  copywriting  contentstrategy 
february 2012 by garrettc
Page tables and chunked content
Structuring content to be reusable and platform agnostic. As Joe says "We can't control appearance. But we can control importance."
contentstrategy  content  copywriting  wdcsintranet  uxoxford2012  oxdug2013 
november 2011 by garrettc
Content Strategy Deliverables
What should come out of a content strategy process.
content  contentstrategy  process  webdevelopment 
august 2011 by garrettc
Content Strategy Success in 5 Steps
A brief 5 point overview of what should go into a content strategy process.
contentstrategy  process  webdevelopment  copywriting  content 
august 2011 by garrettc
Content Chunking: Designing Clear, Memorable Web Pages
"Content chunking is a technique of combining pieces of content into sizable chunks, so that it’s easy and efficient for users to consume."
userexperience  content  webdesign  wdcsintranet 
june 2011 by garrettc
Make Your Content Make a Difference
Content strategy is planning for every aspect of content to get results. That goes far beyond writing the copy. When getting strategic about content, focus on three key areas: analysis, editorial and architecture.
informationarchitecture  userexperience  contentstrategy  content  webdevelopment 
april 2011 by garrettc
Your vs. My Pattern
"Your" vs "My" entry from the Yahoo Developers Network Design Pattern Library
content  copywriting  userexperience  userinterface  socialsoftware  patterns  language  vocabulary  microcopy  webdesign  my  your  yahoo 
april 2011 by garrettc
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