The Foundry's Site Manager empowers non-technical users to manage and grow your web site. Site Manager is designed for those with no HTML and programming skills so you can manage your web site without relying on developers and designers.
This significantly reduces the time and cost of operating and maintaining a professional, highly functional web site. The Foundry's web designers can design a new site for you to use with the Site Manager or plug the Site Manager engine into your existing design.
Site Manager has the following features:
- Online administration. Authorized users can administer the site from any computer with an internet connection. There is no need to install site editing software on any computers. Users simply enter a username and password from any web browser to access the site’s editing tools.
- Easy editing. Non-technical users (those with no programming or HTML skills) can add, edit, delete, and organize content. Key editing features include:
- WSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editing tools so users can add images, format text and make other changes to web-pages without using HTML. More advanced users could choose to review and edit HTML.
- Versioning. Any changes to a page can be saved as a draft to be published at a later time (for example, after a supervisor approves the changes). Past versions can be saved to maintain change history and allow for easy rollback.
- Document and image upload and storage. Users can upload images and documents to online libraries and easily incorporate images in pages and link to or integrate documents into the site.
- Simple, scalable site organization. You can create new pages and sections with a fill-in-the-blanks interface. Using a graphical site map, you may move pages and sections by simply dragging them from one part of the site to another.
- A data-driven online calendar. Events can be organized by section to create section-specific and password-protected event listings.
- Access control at the individual and group levels. Any page and section can be password protected. A non-technical user with administrative privileges can define which individuals or groups can view, edit, and/or administer a given section or page. This will allow you to create a site that has both unprotected content (an internet site, open to the public) and protected content (an intranet site, accessible only to authorized individuals). More specifically, you could create a section for specific groups – such as one for employees only and another for board members. Administrators could control which users may see the employees-only content and which users may see the board content. If an individual does not have permission to view a particular page or section, links to that page or section will not appear on link menus when that user visits the site.
- Online event registration with customized pages for each event. Each event-specific registration can have unique notification features. For example, the person organizing the ball can receive email notifications every time someone registers for that event, and a different person organizing the annual awards dinner can receive notifications when people register for that event.
- Job postings with online application and resume submission. Authorized personnel can post job openings and receive applications and resumes online. The system has a built-in online application where site visitors may submit basic information (name, contact information, and education level) and submit a resume. Authorized users have an administrative interface to review applications and download resumes. The online application will be programmed to send a confirmation email to applicants and selected personnel when the application is submitted. Authorized personnel have a password-protected page to review all applications and download resumes.
- Dynamic headline pages and RSS. Automatically create pages with link lists to your articles. These pages can live inside your web site -- i.e. a link list (with headlines and summaries) of press releases -- or be delivered to RSS readers as a dynamic feed. Add any page on your site to an headline page or RSS feed simply by checking a box when editing that page.
- Integration with the Foundry’s email/survey tool, MarketVolt. MarketVolt allows you to create broadcast email announcements and newsletters. You can include online surveys and links to any page on your site or the internet.
- A built-in page for accepting online donations (optional) that can integrate with a variety of payment gateways, including Authorize.net, for processing credit cards.
- Detailed reporting (only available if the Foundry hosts the CMS). Real time reports that provides daily weekly, and monthly tracking of, among other things:
- Page views (the number of times a given page is viewed), broken out by month, week, day, and hour. This allows you to determine which days of the week and hour pages are most and least visited.
- Unique visitors (the number of people to visit the site and each page)
- Referring site addresses (the pages from which visitors came to reach your site). This will indicate, for example, hoe many visitors reached the site by clicking a link within the Google or Yahoo search engines.
- Easy meta tag editing for search engine optimization. Search engines rely, in part, on keywords and page descriptions to index your site and connect it with given search phrases. These keywords and descriptions are part of the underlying code of web pages. The CMS includes a simple, fill-in-the-blanks interface for non-technical users to add and edit keywords and descriptions for any page on the site. Users do not need to know how to access the underlying code; they simply fill-in-the blanks to make the site more search-engine friendly.