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by Belinda Naylor-Stables

Here is the second of 3 blog posts on how to successfully develop a content managed website.

Set the goalposts for your web editor

Check that your developer understands the expectations of your web editor: what they expect to be able to change on each web page. From the outset your developer needs to explain clearly to you what can and cannot be achieved in the front end system.

We use the eZ Publish CMS which has a very user-friendly front end system.  See our article on Why ezPublish.
For more insight into how eZ Publish works, visit our demo site. You'll need to contact us for a password if you want to try it out for yourself.

Visualise success with a wireframe

If you are unfamiliar with the scope of Content Management Systems technology then you could ask your chosen developer to help you with the specification of a new website. They should be able to produce quick wireframes or other prototypes to show the content of each web page. List the user expectations for each screen - what they expect to see, what they expect to do. This way you can ensure page designs are user-focused.

Our favourite online wireframe tool is MockFlow. It's a cool tool because you can talk over the real-time chat and invite other team members to become editors or viewers. Editors have the ability to make changes to the wireframes, while viewers are limited to reviewing and commenting.

The MockFlow logo

MockFlow is a web app based on the Adobe Flash Platform. Check out sample wireframes at the Mockflow website.

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