There is not one single “best” tool to manage contents. Rather, the best tool will depend on the type of contents to be published and the balance between flexibility, control, reusability desired as well as how this piece of content is connected to other pieces of content in the system. QOR provides several tools for content management for the different use cases that we have abstracted from over ten years of developing content management systems for local and global companies.
Containers are the basis of our content management strategy. We co-opt iA's definition "A container consists, generally speaking, of a self sufficient block of content that a) spans the full width of a page b) is usable on more than one page c) scales responsively". For practitioners of atomic design, a container maps roughly to an Organism.
Each container consists of: (1) Visual design expressed in html/css/js; (2) data definition that defines what type of content can be used to populate the container with text, images, and videos.
Each site comes with a number of pre-built containers that can be custom-styled to fit each company’s unique design and branding guidelines.
While there are many Content Management Systems that provide full flexibility to put any text or image anywhere on a page, our experience working with companies over the years have shown us that this is usually not desired because:
We have found that the correct balance for most companies is:
The result is easy-to-use content management (as few items are editable, the interface is simple) while maintaining brand control.
Pages are simply collections of containers and several tools are available in QOR to help manage containers and pages. The right choice will depend on the content type and page design:
The Page Builder allows brands to instantly create new pages by combining, ordering, and managing container contents. This is the right choice for any single page that relies solely on containers that have been defined in your site to easily create new pages on-the-fly by content administrators with no external support.
Construct pages by selecting from the containers that have been defined in the system, then Easily order, remove or add containers.
Have a special campaign, product page, or other presentation for which you want to do something special? Microsites let you to create and deploy original single or multi-page designs outside of the constraints of container-based pages. Microsites have important features to support operational and workflow needs:
Page of a Series is for contents that have a fixed structure, are related to each other, share the same base template, and need to be linked together in one form or another. Blog articles, shop listings, profiles, events, and other such items are common use cases for Pages of Series. Features include:
Upload files to cloud or other destinations with support for image cropping and resizing.
Media Library allows the upload and resize of images on the fly, with the option of saving them into multiple sizes and resolutions for optimized cross-platform delivery. Media Library can be configured to save in either the file system or cloud-based storage systems and can be combined with Worker to efficiently manage bulk image import and manipulation. Features include:
Frontend Edit allows content managers to edit contents while looking at the contents as it appears when viewing the website. Inline edit is accessible to administrators with appropriate permissions via an action bar that allows them to toggle on/off inline edit mode. Once on, administrators can click on containers to edit the contents and immediately preview the results.
Simple yet powerful system to define which containers or pages are live and specify start and end dates for each.
Define multiple versions of a page and the publish dates for each. Using versions, a customer can set up a multi-phase campaign (e.g. campaign teaser, campaign launch, post-launch) in advance and specify publish dates for each version of their page(s).
Internationalization and localization built into the fabric of the system. Features include:
Every aspect of the content management system has been designed to fit well within a multi-country deployment with an arbitrary number of countries. These include: