I wanted to give you advance warning that weâ€™ll be having our annual Web CMS Smackdown at SBTUG on Wednesday 29 September. Yes, September â€“ roughly 6 weeks away.
This was one of our most popular events at the Sydney Business & Technology User Group last year. If youâ€™re already sold on the event and donâ€™t need to know anything more, then just pop over and RSVP now on our Facebook Event.
For those of you who might be a little lost as to what a smackdown is Iâ€™ll give a quick overview of the night and what we are aiming to achieveâ€¦
The aim of the night is to introduce attendees (usually developers, managers and business owners) to a range of web content management systems. Weâ€™ll aim to cover at least 6 of the most popular CMS available â€“ highlighting their main features and target users/customers.
Due to time constraints each of the presentations is very short â€“ 10 minutes of content, plus 5 minutes to answer questions (while the next speaker gets ready to present). This rapid fire delivery is probably where the (silly) smackdown name comes from. I also think that smackdowns have an aim of finding the one best winner (â€˜one CMS to rule them allâ€™) but thatâ€™s where weâ€™ll be a little different â€“ instead weâ€™re trying to find the best CMS for your business (or scenario). You wonâ€™t hear speakers criticising other CMS, instead theyâ€™ll just be highlighting where their CMS is best fit. If you hear anyone saying their CMS is a one-size-fits-all solution youâ€™ll know theyâ€™re talking porkies!
So, for basic web site needs weâ€™ll be covering WordPress, moving to middle-size business solutions such as Drupal and Kentico, and then also briefly covering larger offerings such as Elcom and SharePoint.
Too many CMS options
Thereâ€™s hundreds (probably thousands) of Web CMS out there â€“ so we can only cover a few of the more popular ones. Hereâ€™s the list of CMS Iâ€™m thinking of choosing from:
Even this list is too many so Iâ€™ll have to prune it down. Iâ€™d love your thoughts on which ones youâ€™d like covered â€“ please leave a comment. Or, if thereâ€™s an obvious one that Iâ€™ve missed, please let me know that too.
Once the list is finalised, Iâ€™ll then be looking to find great presenters for each â€“ again your suggestions in the comments would be valuable.
Why you should attend
I think thereâ€™s two main reasons to attend:
- You are a business looking to find the best web CMS for your current situation â€“ this night will be way to get a high level look at the popular options â€“ plus meet people who can help you implement one.
- You are a developer using a CMS now, but looking for guidance on other CMS offerings. For example, most of the web work I do is with WordPress but it doesnâ€™t meet the needs of more complex sites. Every week or so I knock back work simply because WordPress is a bad fit for the requirements â€“ instead I recommend they find a Drupal developer or SharePoint company. So, if youâ€™re like me â€“ then this night is going to be really useful – for example, Iâ€™m really keen to learn a little more about Kentico â€“ Iâ€™ve heard great things about itâ€¦
You can help
Iâ€™d love your input to make this a really useful night. If you are keen could you please:
- RSVP here to say you are coming
- Help spread the word (via Twitter or Facebook, etc)
- Leave a comment with your suggestions and recommendations
Thanks again for your interest â€“ last year this was a huge night. Weâ€™re hoping to make this year even bigger.
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