Our third volume for the year is here for your edutainment.  We have been busy with interesting projects and launches.  We look forward to your continuing support of Bytes.

Which Content Management System Is Right For You?

Open-source content-management systems (CMS) facilitate the development and deployment of feature-rich and content-rich web applications in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods using static HTML and content. Drupal, WordPress and Joomla are the top three systems being embraced by organizations as diverse as The White House (Drupal), Anderson Cooper (WordPress) and US Army Corp of Engineers (Joomla).

The Linux operating system, Apache web servers and MySQL databases provide the framework for the latest evolution on the web, the rise of CMS solutions such as Drupal, WordPress and Joomla. A CMS is a web application running on an Apache web server running Linux that consists of a library of PHP programs that dynamically display content stored in a MySQL database. Also known as a framework, a CMS provides a high level of built-in functionality that allows web designers to take a Legos building block approach to web site development. Instead of building a web site from the ground up, coding all of the HTML and CSS and JavaScript for the site, a CMS starts with a high level of built-in features.

All three systems separate the look and feel of the site, known as the theme, from the functionality of the site, known as modules (Drupal), plugins (WordPress and Joomla). Smaller sites can often be built using a stock theme and a set of modules or plugins without actually doing any HTML or CSS coding. Most larger, enterprise sites use custom themes to provide unique look and feel along with custom modules to interface with other systems such as legacy database systems or provide unique features for the site. Larger sites are often built by outside third party software development companies, using a CMS framework as the starting point for a custom solution.

Horn Section (Where We Blow Our Own Horn)

The team at Bytes is excited to see the completion of few mobile and web projects.
NoQ: This mobile app helps restaurant and shop owners to take the shopfront to the customers. It’s like a phone order without the fuss. More details at the NoQ site. Bytes was involved in the complete Quality Assurance and testing of the application.  The app was launched few weeks ago and is available at the iPhone App store.
Chopra Center: The Chopra center for Wellbeing was opened in 1996 to help people experience physical healing, emotional freedom, and higher states of consciousness. Bytes has been involved in various projects and one recent launch was the ChopraPSM site for teachers.