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Tag: open source software

Let Us Be Your Coach – Call Today

When you go shopping for a new car, you’re generally limited to the inventory on the lot. You might want gullwing doors like a Delorean or a new Tesla, but you can’t get them on an Audi. You can choose your color and wait a few weeks for your vehicle to arrive from another dealership, but you can’t get racing stripes without a custom paint job somewhere else. It’s not that different when buying proprietary software for your website and content management system, so why do so many publishers still head in that direction?

The Risks and Benefits of Open Source Software for Online Publishing Systems

In today’s Strategy Spotlight, Don Nicholas, Chairman & CEO of Mequoda explains how open source software systems can actually hinder growth if you’re not careful with selecting your service providers.

CMS Development Services: 3 Things to Consider

It’s not just magazine, newsletter and newspaper publishers who seek custom CMS development services. Content management systems are built for most media businesses, even those who may not consider themselves in media but produce digital content regularly. The trouble with finding a content management system is that despite the word “content” in the title, rarely do out-of-the box solutions work for publishers, and rarely do even the most talented custom CMS developers understand publishing business models enough to build a system that is built to attract, capture, engage, and monetize all in the same place.

Publishing Digital Magazines: Ads, Audience, Algrorithms

Publishing digital magazines is not a “set it and forget it” enterprise, and monitoring the latest trends is a must
Our mission in life is to help you with publishing digital magazines, and we’re good at it. Hopefully we make it look easy, but of course it’s not. The sands of this industry are shifting rapidly,

Choosing the Best Taxonomy Manager for Publishers

Most legacy publishers have years and years of content that sits on their website and can still be extremely useful for their audience. In addition, they create new content all the time, and that only gets added to the goldmine of content they are already managing.

But how do users find the exact piece of content they are looking for? What makes your website easily manageable so that users have a great experience and find exactly what they are looking for when they are looking for it? This is where a taxonomy manager comes in.

The Best Community Management System for Publishers

What to look for in community management systems from Haven Thread, to Simple:Press to Kunena
Forums really leverage some of the best things about the Internet. Sometimes called message boards, forums allow users from all over the world to communicate together on shared interests on one platform. People offer advice, ask questions and users from the

How to Hire a Multiplatform Internet Marketing Company to Help Grow Your Online Business

If you’re reading this post, you’re probably looking for an Internet marketing company, agency or consultant to help with your Internet marketing strategy and execution.

Internet marketing is easy to do and hard to master.

Internet marketing companies come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re shopping for one, it’s important to find an Internet marketing company that’s a good match for your organization. What makes an Internet marketing company a good match for you?

Three Ways to Block Ad Blockers

Hide in plain sight and make your advertising messaging look like regular content to block ad blockers
Ad-blocking software has been around almost as long as people have had personal computers in their homes, so they’ve always existed at the same time that you’ve been depending on ad sales. But only last month did publishers begin

Digital Publishing Business News: Economist Value Yields Interesting Lessons

The digital publishing business gets more and more interesting by the week. Time Inc. digital investments and innovations have been relentless; recent personnel changes from Ogden to Bloomberg Businessweek have kept the industry on its toes; and mergers & acquisitions are approaching peak activity. Combine all of this with the daily maneuvering of titles trying to go all-in on multiplatform publishing, and you have a whole lot to pay attention to if you’re running digital magazines.

But recent bombshells about the sale of the Financial Times and the inner-workings of negotiations over the fate of The Economist have captivated our attention today. Fusion has a fascinating article titled “How staying private paid off for the Economist,” and we have to start there!

IT Department Job Description

Five expectations for hiring staff in a modern media company IT department

I suppose most people my age in the IT industry have a favorite character from the original Star Trek. When I was 12, I wanted to be the chief engineering officer for the Starship Enterprise. I love watching Montgomery Scott push his ship to the limit, often at the last moment, to save the day. I must admit I did find it somewhat disturbing that Scott seldomly got the girl.

Tools for an Efficient Website

There are dozens of WordPress plug-ins that can transform the functionality and efficiency of your website

WordPress is the system we’ve used to build client’s websites with.

If you’ve been looking, it’s clear that we aren’t the only consulting and development firm that approves of the work from the WordPress community. Publishers like the Wall Street Journal and New York Times use WordPress to power their websites.

The Disconnect of Women and the Tech World

Connecting the Dots Between Women and Entrepreneurship

“Women start only around 3 percent of the nation’s technology companies. They are almost absent in high-level technology positions. [Although read the article about Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg in The New Yorker—really interesting.] They contribute to fewer than 5 percent of all I.T. patents and 1.2 percent of open-source software.”

Get to Market Quickly with a Subscription Website

3 software options for building an open content subscription website

It’s not an online editor’s job to tell you how to create a website…but I do consider it my job to provide you with as much relevant information on that topic as I can.

At the Mequoda Summit East 2011, the Mequoda System Strategy Workshop introduced the entire 49-steps to building an online business to a crowd of people interested in content marketing and online publishing.

What is the Best CMS for Newspapers?

Redefining the word “best” when searching for the best CMS for newspapers

“Best” doesn’t always equal the most popular, especially in technology and when referring to companies who have been in business for over 300 years—many whom are stuck in their ways. Well, I suppose that isn’t so true, considering the first official American newspaper, Publick Occurrences, Both Forreign and Domestick was shut down after only it’s first issue in 1690. The true “business” of newspapers began in 1721 with the New England Courant and the presses have been running ever since. Still, almost 300 years.

Content Management Systems Evolve with Times

A Good Take on Content Management Systems

There was a very interesting story on the Poynter website last week titled “4 ways content management systems are evolving & why it matters to journalists.” Founded as the Modern Media Institute in 1975, Poynter remains affiliated with the St. Petersburg Times, Florida’s largest newspaper. With the lessening of the newspaper industry over the last few years, Poynter has changed its focus, now including this line on its website: “Today’s Poynter still helps newsrooms; but we assist the independent entrepreneur, too.” When it comes to building communities, Poynter can be a great resource.

In his article, Matt Thompson writes (with journalists in mind): “…it’s hard to get people interested in the one technology that they have to use every day, the thing that either inhibits or enables the space-age storytelling they want to do—their content management system.”

Online Publishing Today vs. Tomorrow

Ten years ago in online publishing, a magazine was sold over the phone, through magazine clubs, through the mail and on the newsstands. Today, a majority of magazine subscriptions are being sold online. So how did this transition happen?

I’m currently reading Grown Up Digital, a book by Don Tapscott, which was inspired by a $4 million research project and will become our owninspiration for our upcoming video research study on Digital Natives vs. Digital immigrants.

What Does Your Website Homepage Say About You?

Does your website homepage design tell the user what you want them to do?

We all want our websites to look cool and sexy. When someone see’s our website, we want them to say “WOW!” Unfortunately many people will see your website and say “WOW” followed up by, “I have no idea what’s going on here”.

On content-heavy websites, finding space to provide important marketing links is a challenge. Actual eye-tracking tests have revealed that people use a “Z” shaped scanning pattern when scouring web pages for information.

WordPress vs. Drupal vs. Telligent: Which CMS is Right for You?

Learn detailed information from three technology professionals using these content management systems first-hand

Vida y Salud – One Million Unique Users in Under 10 Months

A story of health, wellness and success

MPA-IMAG Conference Coverage: Learning From the Big Guys

What can we learn from the big guys? Be more like little guys.

In a panel titled “Learning From the Big Guys” Marta Wohrle, former Senior VP of digital media at Hachette Filipacchi Media told a story about when Perezhilton.com put a link in his blog to ElleGirl.com and it sent so much traffic that the server crashed. At that point, the CTO came in and told Worhle that if she kept driving so much traffic, she’d have to write a check to purchase larger servers – demonstrating the backwards thinking often practiced in a larger organization.

Don’t be Afraid of Open Source Software

When publishers hear the words “open source”, it’s not uncommon for them to pack their bags and head for the hills. Some publishers think that using open source software means that they need to hire developers to “make it work” and many publishers think that open source software is only for a business looking to build something new.

$29 million invested in WordPress’ Automattic

Four investors, including the Times Company prove that open source software is the future of online publishing platforms. Over here at Mequoda, we are one of WordPress’ #1 fans. Open source software is becoming the new wave of the Internet, as proven by instances such as Google’s open source mobile phone platform, Google Android. We also have many blogging platforms that are heading in the direction of the open source WordPress by making their own platforms open source.

MySQL devoured by Sun Microsystems

As big fans of the open source movement, we were very enthused to hear that MySQL was recently picked up by Sun Microsystems. As defined by Wikipedia, the basic program runs as a server providing multi-user access to a number of databases and was previously owned and sponsored by a single for-profit firm, the Swedish company MySQL AB. The project’s source code is available under terms of the GNU General Public License, as well as under a variety of proprietary agreements.