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WDV 245 - Content Management Systems I

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
This hands-on course teaches how to plan, design and produce complete, commercially oriented website applications using professional Open Source database-driven web content management software. Using an industry-standard web development server, students will learn to install, modify and maintain CMS software such as WordPress and Joomla. Site themes or “skins” will be created and modified using Dreamweaver.
Prerequisite: WDV 101  or CIS 204  or instructor permission
Competencies
  1. Explain the advantages of Web CMS (Content Management Systems) for the delivery of web pages.
    1. Analyze the organizational and cost advantages of designing the framework and functionality of a site before developing the ‘look and feel’.
    2. Discuss how a CMS facilitates the organization, control, and publication of content by users.
    3. Explain how assigning different levels of access to users can benefit the client during the updating process.
    4. Discuss the concept of Open Source software, the costs involved, and the advantages and disadvantages of implementing this class of software.
  2. Identify the most popular open-source CMS systems, including blog software, and their advantages and disadvantages.
  3. Integrate open source plug-ins into web site.
    1. Explain the advantages of using open source plug-ins for adding functionality to sites.
    2. Explain the advantages of using commercial plug-ins for adding functionality to sites.
    3. Demonstrate the integration of plug-ins into a CMS site to add relevant functionality.
  4. Modify CMS and blog template skins to customize the ‘look and feel’ of pages.
    1. Discuss the concept of site ‘skins’ or ‘templates’, their use, and where to download them.
    2. Modify existing CMS code with Dreamweaver to alter the colors, layout, and typography of a site.
    3. Prepare graphics in Fireworks to modify or replace the existing skin or theme of a site.
  5. Create capstone CMS based site.
    1. Create and insert custom graphics and sample text appropriate to the intent of the site and page.
    2. Modify or create a new site theme or ‘skin’ and apply to database.
    3. Research open source plug-ins that add value to site and integrate into the site.
    4. Install and setup chosen CMS software on a server.
  6. Demonstrate responsible and professional computer techniques when creating websites.
    1. Demonstrate creative thinking skills to design the user interface and graphics according to the need of the client.
    2. Research and produce quality projects within given timeframe to meet established deadlines.
    3. Verify that all pages display properly on target browsers and operating systems.



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