Cologne, Germany; Boston, USA – July 19, 2010
More than ten years of German software engineering excellence continue with a milestone for value-added services: CM4all Sites aims to set a new benchmark for website building tools.
Content Management AG (CM-AG), a leading developer of web-based applications, unveiled its latest product innovation, CM4all Sites, at HostingCon 2010 today. This premier North American conference and trade show for the hosted services industry is being held in Austin, Texas, between July 19th and July 21st.
CM4all Sites is based on a completely revamped CM4all technology and a new GUI while retaining most of the proven administrative APIs and the existing hardware architecture. An integral part of CM4all Sites is CM-AG's new widget technology which allows for convenient drag & drop, configuration, and arrangement of all website elements. Built-in widgets range from contact forms through weather forecasts to social media connectivity with Twitter® and Facebook®. CM4all Sites also offers a variety of options for presenting multimedia content, enabling users to embed both their own and external videos on their websites without a hitch. They can also choose from various image display styles. CM4all Sites is designed with an open widget API that allows for continuous development of widgets by CM-AG, OEM partners, and external software engineers.
Another innovation is the new entry into the site creation process. When starting CM4all Sites for the first time, users select a main category and a sub-category for their website. Those choices are used to create a completely preconfigured website at the push of a button. Users never have to start the site editing process from scratch.
A unique WYSIWYG editor with full drag & drop functionality, a dynamic Office-style toolbar, and an "undo" function allow direct editing without pop-ups for superior usability. Users who are already familiar with web design can switch from standard mode to the newly created expert mode at any time to take advantage of a wider range of formatting options. To facilitate file administration, CM4all Sites also includes a comprehensive file browser with an interactive drop zone for easy uploading of the user's own images and files to the user's webspace.
The improved template model enables users to fully customize the included set of pre-defined CSS-based design templates. Colors, fonts, and images can be individualized, and end users can upload their own logos and images to integrate into a design template. In addition, OEM partners have the option of handling the custom design and content creation process for novice users to further extend their sources of revenue.
In addition to the completely fresh product architecture, the well-known customization options of CM4all products have also been considerably enhanced in CM4all Sites.
“We have been developing our existing site building solutions for the past decade and will continue to do so. But the time was also right to take advantage of the full capabilities of today's technologies to create our vision of the leading site building solution for the next decade. We are proud of the results and look forward to fully leveraging the possibilities of CM4all Sites with our network of existing and new OEM partners worldwide in the years to come,” explains Robert Schovenberg, CEO of CM-AG.