Blue Turtle Graphics recently launched a redesigned web site for client Gilbert Pump & Mechanical, Inc (GPM). GPM is located in Fort Walton Beach, FL and Hartselle, AL, and provides engineered products for the municipal and industrial water, wastewater and process industry with complete service, repair and machining capabilities. GPM’s previous website used Joomla as a content management system (CMS) and it wasn’t very user-friendly. Anytime they wanted to make updates to their website, they would have issues doing so and would contact me to help them out. Since the point of having a CMS is to easily change and update your content, their previous site was failing them and they contacted Blue Turtle Graphics to redesign their website using a CMS that would be easy for them to understand and use.
At first, the plan was to build the website using WordPress. As you may know, WordPress is not only a great blogging platform but also an excellent CMS (I’m a HUGE fan of WordPress!). Since the GPM site required a lot of photos and special layouts on some pages, I realized that WordPress wasn’t the ideal candidate. There’s no doubt that the site could be done with WordPress using posts and pages, but I was afraid the admin side of it wouldn’t be the easiest for my clients to understand. Enter Expression Engine. After receiving some great feedback via Twitter about Express Engine, and how flexible it is to customize a CMS for a website, I decided to give it a try. With my client onboard and myself armed with some great tutorials and resources, I went about learning the basics. I won’t go into detail about how I built my site, but focus on the best part: how easy it is to take a web page layout and customize the back-end admin so it’s clear how to edit the page. The end product is a website that my client can easily edit pages and upload images. Client happy = I’m happy.
One other great thing about Expression Engine is it’s great community. While there isn’t as many tutorials and resources out there as WordPress, there is a great community of designers and developers ready to help in a moments notice. Many thanks to @martinluff and @robertbanh for helping me get started and troubleshooting a few things!
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