Associative Trails

Content Management System (CMS) development

We develop and maintain intranet applications for clients based in the UK.

We can help out during all the stages of Content Management System development - from strategy, requirements capture, paper/html prototyping, specification, information architecture and usability; to server and client side development, SQL Server, Oracle or open source databases, accessibility, web standards, hosting and technical deployment.

A Content Management System development project will include some or all of the following steps:

1. Kickoff

Initial discussions about the goals of your CMS, who the intended audience is, etc. From our base in Kent, the high-speed rail link gets us to anywhere close to London in double-quick time.

2. Proposal

We write a proposal document, sketching out general ideas for the intranet application and estimating costs and timescales.

Sketches of ideas for Content Management System development
Sketches of ideas for Content Management System development

3. Contract

We sign a contract (between client and developer) to ensure all parties know their responsibilities and what is expected of them.

We often like to use a secure extranet to improve communications during the project and will provide a project programme setting out key stages and deliverables.

Project programme for Content Management System development
Old Arupians Community Website (2019)
Old Arupians Community Website (2019)

A thorough refresh of one of our most venerable and successful projects. Now fully responsive and even easier to use. Content Management System developed by Associative Trails.

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Ellipse Website and CMS
Ellipse Website and CMS

Slick content management with YouTube, Wufoo and PDF generation. Content Management System developed by Associative Trails.

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4. Prototype

A prototype is a quick and efficient way of working out the key templates and important workflows of the Content Management System.

Depending on the project requirements and budget, a static HTML prototype will allow us to explore a handful of key pages (e.g. home page, listing page, item page, search results, etc.) and lay them out exactly how they will appear in the final application. This enables good quality feedback on visual design, content hierarchy, layout for different devices (responsive design), etc. which can then be fed back into the design process.

HTML Prototype for Content Management System development HTML Prototype for Content Management System development
HTML Prototype for Content Management System development HTML Prototype for Content Management System development

Sometimes, a project's programme or budget may mean we also produce a paper protoype - this allows us to consider a larger volume of sample screens and explore workflows more fully.

Paper prototype for Content Management System development
Paper prototype for Content Management System development

5. Written specification

If the project would benefit, we will also provide a written functional specification document.

6. Development

Once the prototype and functional specification are signed off, we retreat to our Kent-based lair to develop the CMS. We provide regular progress updates during this stage.

Project progress report for Content Management System development
Northdoor Website and CMS
Northdoor Website and CMS

How a sleek yet flexible content management system can enhance fresh and modern web design. Content Management System developed by Associative Trails.

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Croxley Rail Link CMS
Croxley Rail Link CMS

A bespoke CMS retro-fitted to an existing static site. Content Management System developed by Associative Trails.

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7. Testing

When it is ready, we distribute links and security access to the CMS to key client stakeholders for testing.

8. Launch

When everyone is happy with it, we launch the Content Management System and accompanying website(s).

9. Ongoing support

We provide ongoing access to usage metrics, allowing clients to see how many people use the CMS front-end.

Interested?

If you would like to discuss the development of your CMS with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


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