After an embarrassingly long period with a holding page we’ve now completed the modus.ie website using the open source blogging software WordPress.
Why we chose WordPress?
In todays web market there are literally hundreds of Content Management Solutions (CMS), some propitiatory and fee based some free or open source. As you can imagine the cream has risen to the top and the forerunners are being chosen over bespoke solutions more than ever as bespoke work can be a costly option and often tends to age quickly. As with all our clients before we chose the right solution we worked out what we wanted to achieve with our website, the requirements fell into two categories, how best to promote our selves and how to make life easier for our selves. We also thought about the basic functions of our website and what they should be. with www.moduswebsupport.com we have already covered the bases for supporting our clients needs but for modus.ie really the primary goal was a good rank in the search engines, we also need.
Top 15 reasons we chose WordPress over other systems
WordPress was the obvious choice for the following reasons:
- tt’s user friendly, fast and lightweight
- it’s SEO friendly
- there is a WordPress plugin to cover anything that we need
- we can publish to the social networking sites in real time
- easy to theme, we are using a customized framework supplied by Rockettheme
- customizing design and add widgets is relatively easy compared to other CMSs
- it can run both the website and blog (for our news).
- RSS feeds have no setup.
- it’s W3C compliant
- it has lean and customisable URLs, great for Google
- it can manage a members only area and password protected areas for privacy.
- it’s really easy and quick to upgrade, helping to avoiding hacks and other exploits
- works in all browsers on all platforms
- we can quickly add a mobile friendly template
- we can control everything
Do we think that WordPress is the best CMS?
Of course we don’t, that would be like saying cars are the best vehicles when really there not much good at ploughing fields if you happen to be a farmer. When we talk to our clients we always find out what they need to achieve and then match the solution to their needs. We match the solution to the need of the client, for us WordPress ticked the most boxes.
Good news! David Henry from Modus who designed our website has been nominated for Web Developer Excellence in the IIA Net Visonary Awards. If you like phantom.ie then please give him a vote today! It’s only a click away!
“Modus provide online management and marketing solutions to Noone Casey’s webspace. We will continue to not only use, but actively refer Modus to our own client base as a result of their proven skills and service.”
Anthony Casey, FCA,
Noone Casey Accountants
“Vicarstreet.com and aikenpromotions.com are fully integrated into our marketing strategy, complementing our print, radio and television efforts. They allow us to communicate instantly with our target audience in a cost effective manner. Modus listen to what you need, suggest solutions and deliver on time, on budget.”
Aiken Promotions Ltd.
“Modus provide premier online solutions in a responsive, professional, cost effective and high impact fashion. Our primary objective of introducing superior online communications with our members and customers has been made possible by our ongoing association with Modus.”
Director of Marketing & Membership,
Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO)
Laoistourism.ie needed a fundamental redesign of its website template and a brand new content management system. It also needed to use the latest functionality such as html newsletters, an event calendar and an integrated accommodation booking engine for visitors seeking to secure a place to stay in the county. We also added a Facebook page for Laois Tourism, where an online community can be quickly grown and inexpensively communicated with and an interactive map of Laois which links to all the many attractions that the O’ Moore County holds. The site also has takes a feed from dunamaise.ie where up-to-the-minute theatre listings are displayed on the site. See www.laoistourism.ie.
Since 2002, Modus has been IMRO’s preferred supplier of website design and development. Working with Keith Johnson, IMRO’s Keith Johnson, Director of Marketing & Membership, Modus has developed many applications to dovetail with IMRO’s in-house software systems to provide the best possible services to their six thousand plus members. The songwriters and composers can access and update their accounts online, uploading set lists and songwriting credits. They can also view statements online showing what royalties have been paid and what are due. Music users such as live music venues, bars, restaurants and anywhere live or recorded music is played, can estimate their licence liability and pay for it online through www.imro.ie.