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The advantages of a CMSLes avantages d’un SGC

A CMS (Content Management System) is a program that is installed as a website and allows the user to modify content without having to go into the code, thus it separates the input of content from the design and general layout of the website.

In the Wikipedia page List of content management systems, there is over a hundred CMS: some I’ve heard of, others I’ve used, and most that I’ve never seen before. The top three are WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.

WordPress is user-friendly, has a huge community of volunteer web designers and web developers, offers loads of free resources like themes and plugins. There is no lack of tutorials, how-to’s and information on WordPress. It is pretty impressive actually. WordPress started as a simple blog application which was a bit limiting and slowly evolved into a fully grown, highly customizable CMS.

Joomla is apparently a simple “out of the box” (meaning ready to use) installation. I say apparently because I installed it once about 5 years ago and never touched it again. According to a comparison of all three CMS, Joomla’s core structure is rock solid and offers features that the other two have to be done by a developer. (Side note: I noticed that  the website of the comparison link was running on WordPress. Food for thought!)

Drupal, over that last couple of years, has been gaining momentum in the world of CMSes. Although maybe not as user-friendly or simple “out of the box” experience, with the right developer at your side, the sky’s the limit. In the latest version of Drupal, we can see that the Drupal community has been working hard to improve usability. Drupalites mainly consist of geeks, and you know that geeks are always up to neat and awesome things. And as far as I know, Drupal is the only system that has an aggressive web accessibility team to ensure that the core features of Drupal be usable by everyone.

So depending on what type of website you want, you can choose a CMS that suits your needs. If you are not sure, ask an expert. But no matter what CMS you end up choosing, these are the fundamental advantages you, the client, will have:

  • No need to learn any programming or coding,
  • Complete control of your content,
  • Add and modify content anytime and anywhere,
  • A lot of features are all ready to install and use,
  • Get the latest system updates.

Un SGC (Système de Gestion de Contenu) est un programme qui est installé comme un site Web et permet à l’utilisateur de modifier le contenu d’un site web sans avoir à aller dans le code, séparant l’entrée de données et la présentation visuelle du site.

Dans la page Wikipédia Liste de systèmes de gestion de contenu, il existe plus de cent système. J’ai entendu parler de quelque uns, j’en ai utilisé d’autres, mais la plus part je n’ai jamais vu avant. Les trois plus important sont WordPress, Joomla et Drupal.

WordPress est convivial, a une énorme communauté bénévole de concepteurs de sites Web et développeurs web, offre une grande quantité de ressources comme des thèmes et des plugins. Les tutoriaux, les comment-faire et les informations sur WordPress ne sont pas ce qui manque. C’est assez impressionnant. WordPress a commencé comme un simple gestionnaire de blog qui était un peu limité, mais lentement a évolué pour devenir un SGC personnalisable.

Joomla est apparemment un système prêt à utiliser à son installation. Je dis apparemment parce que je l’ai installé il y a environ 5 ans et je ne l’ai jamais touché après. Selon une comparaison des trois SGC que j’ai lu, la structure de base de Joomla est solide et offre des fonctionnalités que les deux autres n’ont pas sans l’intervention d’un développeur.

Au cours des dernières années, Drupal a pris de l’ampleur dans le monde des systèmes de gestion de contenu. Bien que pas aussi convivial ou prêt à utiliser, avec un bon développeur à vos côtés, il n’y a pas de limite. Dans la dernière version de Drupal, nous pouvons voir que la communauté Drupal a travaillé fort pour améliorer la convivialité. Les Drupalites se composent principalement de geeks, et vous savez que les geeks se lancent toujours dans des choses géniales. En plus, Drupal est le seul système qui ont une équipe agressive en accessibilité du Web en vue de s’assurer que les fonctions de base de Drupal peuvent être utilisées par tout le monde.

Selon le type de site que vous voulez, vous pouvez choisir un SGC qui répond à vos besoins. Si vous n’êtes pas sûr, demandez à un expert. Mais peu importe le système que vous choisissez, voici les avantages fondamentaux que vous, le client, aura:

  • Pas besoin d’apprendre de la programmation ou du codage,
  • Un contrôle complet de votre contenu,
  • Ajouter et modifier le contenu à tout moment et n’importe où,
  • Un grand nombre de fonctionnalités sont tous prêts à installer et à utiliser,
  • Obtenir les dernières mises à jour du système.

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Top Accessible WordPress themes

This assessment is very simplistic and constitutes a basic preliminary review. It is not comprehensive nor exhaustive.

I chose themes from the Free Theme Directory and searched for Web Accessible and Accessibility. I narrowed my selection by considering which theme would be easily customizable, have good contrast between foreground and background, have elements in a convenient location and be aesthetically pleasing as is.

I then used the plugin Demo Data Creator to generate more content for posts, pages, comments and categories.

The following themes made the cut:

Precious version 4.0.1
At first glance the layout is pretty simple and effective. Convenient breadcrumb on top of page. Upon disabling the style sheets, nothing is out of order. Validates for XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS2.

Stardust version 2.7
Very stylish out of the box with flexible width. Has “Skip to content” and “Skip to menu” without CSS. By disabling the images, the date for each post is too dark. Validates for XHTML 1.0 Strict, but not in CSS with 6 CSS2 errors.

Whitepress version 1.1.7
This theme includes a skip to content, navigation and search form when disabling CSS. Has a nice javascript for going through the sidebar items, but also works when javascript is disabled. Uses fixed width for 1024×768 resolution. Validates for XHTML 1.0 Strict, but not in CSS with 1 CSS2 error.

Dodo version 1.2.1
This theme is what this website is based on. The color of the posts date and other meta information is also too light. By disabling the images, the text of the main menu has not enough contrast with its background. With a little tweek here and there, it’s really nice. Fails to validate with XHTML 1.0 Strict with 1 error, but passes CSS2.

Precious and Stardust passed the Firefox Accessibility Extension rule set with only warnings signaled .The themes Whitepress (2 Fails) and Dodo (1 Fail) did not pass.

For validation, I used Markup Validation Service and The W3C CSS Validation Service.