WordPress vs Coaster CMS

Banners with Coaster CMS

Prerequisites: this tutorial assumes your theme uses the Bootstrap framework.

We recently built a site using WordPress for a client, since they weren’t sure about trying Coaster as it isn’t as well known. However, popularity doesn’t necessarily make something good or bad. The client in question required a CMS site where they could edit, add and remove pages when needed – all of which can be done with Coaster. Features such as a banner and a carousel on the homepage were part of the original design.

Implementing InstantClick with Coaster

InstantClick is a JavaScript library that seamlessly loads pages in the background of your user’s browser as they hover over a link. This can give the impression that your site’s pages load instantly. We’ve recently implemented this technology on our site for Coaster CMS, you may have noticed pages appear to load in the blink of an eye – without a ‘flash’. In this post we will be implementing InstantClick with Coaster to improve user experience.

The 6 Basic Principles of a Coordinated Office

Where you work and how it is set up plays a massive part in how your business works – trust us.

A messy, cluttered office slows you down and makes you less productive while a coordinated, streamlined office can help you to become a better and more efficient employee.

Feel like you don’t have any time to organise your office? We both know that’s not true.

Content Manipulation

The Web-Feet blog uses h1 tags for the main title on each individual post, as you would commonly expect. However, from an SEO perspective, we did not want this same layout on the homepage. The reasoning behind this is that multiple h1 tags can instead carry a negative penalty. Therefore, we instead opted to display h2 tags in place of h1 tags on our blog’s homepage. One of the drawbacks of doing this meant that post titles on the homepage would look exactly the same as sub-titles within a post’s excerpt. From a user’s point of view, this isn’t ideal as it can be confusing and lead to a negative experience.

2016 Default Coaster CMS Theme released

We have been working to bring you the first default theme for Coaster CMS which includes all of the features, we believe make Coaster great. At the same time, we have been working hard to add and update the theme export/import features so that you can export your own creations. Eventually, we will have a “sister” site to coastercms.org on which you will be able to buy/upload themes for Coaster CMS for anyone to use so if you’re a designer/developer with some great ideas of how to use the features in Coaster CMS then jump in and start creating.

Default Coaster CMS Theme

Securing Files with Coaster CMS

With the latest version of Coaster CMS you can now block visitors from accessing certain content such as PDFs, images and documents unless they are logged in. Users who try to access any of this content before they are logged in, will be redirected to a login page where if they don’t already have an account can choose to register accordingly. Once logged in, all of these files will become available to the user.

The Physical Web is now part of Chrome

Physical Web Icon

One of the main features of Coaster CMS is its ability to interact with The Physical Web. This was in part in anticipation of the latest release of Chrome (v49) which will now ask if you want to interact with The Physical Web when it detects the presence of beacons with associated Physical Web URLs. Through the Coaster CMS (and some beacons) you are able to create pages that are specific to locations within your store/restaurant/any physical space. When someone walks near these beacons, their Chrome browser on Android will show a notification asking if they want to be made aware of Physical Web objects around them, when they click “enable” then the notification bar in their phone will display summaries of URLs associated with the beacons. When they tap the notification, they will be taken to your page where you could have a newsletter signup form, an offer or anything else you can build with Coaster CMS.

To find out more, download Coaster CMS, go to the Google page about the physical web or grab your phone and be on the look out for the notifications.

Advanced Form Functionality

Coaster has many great features that we are all equally proud of. However, one of the best features is the fact that Coaster comes with a contact form by default and it’s ability to easily create new forms and fields from within the admin system. The complexity of your forms can know no bounds as Coaster supports all valid HTML5 inputs from checkboxes, select fields and basic text inputs. Once you have created your form Coaster will take care of all of the submissions and will alert you by email whenever a new user fills in a form.

Influences behind Coaster CMS

I have been building websites for 10 years or so and for most of that time been doing so professionally and I’ve seen many different CMS systems and built a few myself. Very often they felt like they’d been built by developers for other developers to use (which was great in some ways) but the most systems tended to get a bit bloated and difficult to understand. This lead me to believe that there was a better solution that could be built.

Coaster CMS Launched

We are proud to announce the launch of Coaster CMS. Coaster has been under active development for three years at Web-Feet.co.uk, and will continue to be actively developed far into the future. We are always looking for new ideas and concepts that can be added to make Coaster even better.