Point and click on your website to edit or add content
Website editors sign into a secure administrative site. You can sign in from any computer with internet access; no special software is required. When you are signed in, editing tools are available throughout the site, allowing you to edit and reorganize existing content and create new content. Editing an existing page is as simple as going to the page and pressing the “Edit” button; adding an article to the front page is as simple as going to the front page and pressing “New article”.
Switch between draft and live views of your website
Changes are made to a draft site, visible only to administrators. You can work on a draft article or page for as long as you need to, and only publish to the live site when it looks right.
Review & approve content for publication
The home page of the administrative site provides an overview of new and modified content throughout the site. Editors can preview and approve changes for publication to the live site.
Control editing privileges with multilevel permissions
Content contributors can create new content and make changes, but their changes aren’t made live until they are approved by an editor. More complex approval workflows can be implemented as well.
Edit text with an intuitive Microsoft Word-like interface
If you know how to use Microsoft Word™, you already know how to use our rich text editor. No need to learn HTML – just copy and paste your text from any source, edit, and publish.
Switch between HTML view and WYSIWYG view
If you require more control or need to enter custom HTML markup, you can always view and edit the underlying HTML generated by our easy-to-use text editor.
Copy and paste text with intelligent formatting
Paste in formatted text from anywhere, including other websites, PDF documents, or Microsoft Word. Text pasted or dragged into the text editor is intelligently cleaned, removing “bad” markup (e.g. Microsoft Word tags, non-standard colors and fonts) while keeping “good” markup (paragraph breaks, headings, bold/italic, bullets, etc). CSS style sheets ensure typographic consistency throughout your website.
Set automatic expiration dates for content
Time-sensitive articles can be set to appear and disappear automatically on specified dates.
Communicate with your visitors in their own language
Our tools allow you to edit content in any language or script, and take the hassle out of maintaining multilingual websites. You can maintain parallel versions of your site in each language, or choose to emphasize different content for different language audiences.
Manage the website’s master sitemap with drag-and-drop simplicity
Your website’s sitemap can be easily edited using our drag-and-drop menu editor. Create new pages or sections, or connect drop-down menus to database-driven content (for example, topic lists).
Automatically generate drop-down menus
Standards-compliant, cross-browser drop-down menus are automatically generated. You can have any number of levels of hierarchy, making even the most complex site easy to browse. These menus appear throughout the site, providing a simple, consistent navigational tool and offering one-click access to any menu section from anywhere on the site.
Automatically generate “breadcrumbs”
Make the structure of your site more transparent, and give visitors a clear idea of where they are in the site any point in time. Clickable “breadcrumbs” offer an easy way back out of your site’s hierarchy, all the way up to the home page.
Automatically generate “related item” (sibling) menus
Provide your visitors with convenient links to related content with automatically-generated menus of other items at the same hierarchical level as the current page.
Conform to web standards
All of our sites are guaranteed to conform to established web standards, including XHTML, CSS, ECMAScript, the standard Document Object Model (DOM), and accessibility standards such as Section 508. Our sites display consistently in all standards-compliant browsers (Firefox, Explorer 5+, Netscape 6+, Safari, Opera, etc.)
Drag and drop photos and documents
Adding photos and documents to an article is a simple matter of dragging and dropping from your media galleries into your article. Images can be placed precisely on any page, and moved or deleted at any time.
Manage a gallery of images and photos
Browse and search for photos. Store captions and other metadata along with your photos. When you drag photos into your articles, they come with pre-formatted captions, credits, and ALT tags.
Choose between multiple photo layouts
Choose between a variety of photo templates (float right, float left, full width, etc.) when dragging and dropping. The image is automatically formatted along with all labels and captions. If necessary, text is automatically wrapped around the image.
Automatically crop and resize photos on the server
Upload your images straight from the digital camera or scanner; photos are stored on the server in full resolution. Lightweight thumbnails and web-sized photos in various sizes and formats are automatically generated, so you don’t have to resize and crop in Photoshop and upload multiple versions of each photo. All downsampling takes place on the server, so that compact, high-quality images are delivered to the website visitor.
Showcase photos in attractive online galleries
Tag your images to your content taxonomy (topics, events, activities, staff members, etc.) so that they appear automatically in attractively formatted photo galleries.
Display a rotating selection of featured photos
Keep your front page (or any page) fresh by showing randomly selected photos and captions from a designated pool of images.
Ensure section 508 compliance
Your website can be configured to require ALT tags for images, enforcing Section 508 compliance. Images are stored along with their ALT tags, which are automatically included in the markup added when images are dragged and dropped into text.
Maintain a rich library of documents
Browse and search for documents. Add metadata and tag documents to your content taxonomy (topics, activities, staff members, etc.)
Automatically generate PDF thumbnails
When you upload PDF documents, the cover is automatically scanned and saved with the document as a thumbnail image that can be automatically output in various sizes and formats.
Embed videos from multiple sources
Add video content to your site from any source – Google Video, YouTube, Veoh, etc. Just paste a link to the video, and both the video embed code and lightweight thumbnail images are automatically generated.
Offer blog-style comments on any content type
Any item on your site – a topic, an article, a publication, etc. – can be opened up to the public for comments. Choose between a number of options for moderating public submissions (from 100% moderated, first-comment moderation, unmoderated). Prevent comment spam using industry-standard CAPTCHA tests to ensure that commenters are real people and not bots.
Receive content submissions from your visitors
Allow your audience to tell their story by providing content submission forms where appropriate. Submissions are automatically added to your content database as unapproved articles; staff is notified by email, and can edit and approve the content for publication, or delete it.
Create forums for topical discussion
Create any number of forum topics for discussion on your site. Moderate forums using a web-based interface. Forum topics can be tagged according to your existing website taxonomy.
Automatically notify forum users by email of new threads and comments
Visitors can subscribe to forum topics or threads to be automatically notified by email of any new posts.
Create spaces for user-contributed content with wiki functionality
Wikipedia has demonstrated the power of user-contributed content. Allow your audience to pool their knowledge on your site by making specific sections publicly editable, while making it easy to identify changes made and roll back vandalism. Editing privileges can be by invitation only, or open to the public.
Repurpose existing website content for newsletters
Attractively formatted electronic newsletters allow you to stay in touch with your audience. Just choose the articles you want to include in the newsletter, or create newsletter-only content.
Send newsletters in HTML and/or text format
Attractively formatted HTML newsletters are visually engaging and appealing; text newsletters are quick and simple, and can be read by older email software. Allow your subscribers to choose which format works best from them; both versions are automatically created by the system.
Allow visitors to sign up for e-newsletters and manage their subscriptions
Help your audience establish a relationship with your organization through your website. Invite your visitors to stay in touch by signing up for electronic newsletters; collect as much or as little personal information from your visitors as you need.
Send test mailings
Send a test newsletter to yourself and your colleagues to make sure everything looks right. When you’re ready, send it to all subscribers.
Review mailing logs
View detailed mailing statistics after your newsletter has gone out. Easily identify bad email addresses.
Manage a rich contact database of subscribers and other contacts
Your website’s contact database gives you complete control over your contacts database. View contacts by any criteria, assign contacts to groups, search for specific individuals, enter new records, and reset users’ passwords.
Upload new contacts in bulk
Importing contacts from other systems is as simple as uploading an Excel spreadsheet.
Create custom content taxonomies
We realize that every organization is different, and we don’t try to shoehorn your website into a one-size-fits-all data architecture. You can tag your content by topic or subtopic, by activity or project, by region or country, by staff member, or by custom taxonomies that make sense for your organization. And you can define logical relationships between these taxonomies: For example, assign a project to one or more countries, or assign topics to one or more staff members. The website will then automatically generate pages that aggregate related content according to these taxonomies: For example, a “Topic” page that lists all related articles, publications, videos, activities, and staff members.
Tag content with one-to-many and many-to-many relationships
Assigning content to your site’s taxonomic categories is as simple as choosing from a drop-down menu, or checking related items in a list.
Automatically generate cross-references throughout your site
Links to related content are automatically generated; articles automatically link back to related topics or other related items on the site. You don’t have to manually maintain these links: Just tag the content appropriately, and all cross-references throughout the site are instantly updated.
Display staff information
Allow staff to maintain their own pages, including photos, bios, contact information, and links to related website content (topics, activities, articles, etc.)
Display geographical information with Google Maps integration
Display dynamically-generated embedded Google maps with geo-tagged data from your database. Enter locations as simple addresses, or as latitude/longitude pairs. Zoom in or out to any level of detail.
Offer RSS feeds on any content type
Allow your audience to subscribe to new content via RSS reader software.
Automatically republish syndicated content
Easily add feeds from other sites to your website.
Create custom URL shortcuts for any page
Create easy-to-remember shortcuts (e.g. www.mysite.com/topic)
Allow visitors to search intelligently
Embed search tools on every page. Search results are organized intelligently by content type (e.g. staff members, topics, articles). For designated searches, forward visitors automatically to “best bet” results (for example, forward someone searching for “education” to your education topic page).
Integrate a glossary of terms into your site
Subtly highlight technical vocabulary on your site, allowing visitors to simply mouse over terms for a definition. Maintain the list of terms, synonyms, cross-references, and definitions. Automatically generate a glossary page containing all terms and definitions.
Offer visitors “Print this Page” and "Email this Page" tools on every page
Appropriate pages feature prominent buttons to print or email the page. Pages are printed using a printer-specific style sheet that suppresses navigation tools and other screen-only elements for attractive and readable results. Pages can be easily emailed to colleagues, driving traffic to your site in a viral manner. Automatically generate a list of most-emailed pages.
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Washington, DC 20036