Orchard Content Management
Orchard Content Management has been designed to provide you with the tools you need to create and manage your web content effectively and not hinder or frustrate you in the process. This doesn’t mean however, that it is not feature rich and powerful, far from it. The Vestri Technology that the system utilises makes the user experience engaging and easy. The simplicity comes from the thought processes that have gone into making it pleasing for the end user, not by simply removing core functionality.
The web has so much to offer and reaching your audience shouldn’t be a task that is daunting or difficult. You already know what you need online and where you would like it to be, so why should it be so difficult to achieve?
The ethos that Orchard brings, with over 30 years of software development experience, is that people matter, as they use our software. As a result, everything we deliver is as user friendly and intuitive as is humanly possible. We used Orchard Content Management to create our own corporate site as we have the ultimate faith in the product. If we weren’t happy with the way something worked, we wouldn’t release it as we wouldn’t want to use it ourselves.
Orchard Content Management aims to be different. It performs and it pleases.
From the easy-to-navigate administration console, to the engaging page building process, projects need not require the skills of expensive IT professionals. Your authors and managers are in full control of their websites and their content. Programming experience and web expertise are not required to get the most from the system.
Orchard Content Management offers users a comfortable and familiar working environment. The built-in editor allows new users to become instantly at ease with the interface. From here the process of creating web content is as easy as putting together an email. Entering your content, formatting your text, adding your images and previewing everything before you publish it is almost eff ortless. Whether pasting from Word or inserting Flash movies, the tools are available to make your pages rich in content and instantly appealing.
The use of standard templates that adhere to your corporate identity ensures consistency of presentation and branding without compromising the creativity of the website design.
Total Control - Sites are updated internally by trained staff removing the reliance on additional IT professionals
Consistent Style - CMS templates provide continuity ensuring that presentation & branding can be applied throughout the site
Design Freedom – Page elements are independent of template design allowing freedom to create engaging content
Multi-Site Capability - Numerous sites can be managed concurrently using a single administration console
Cost Effective - Rapid installation & basic training requirements means a site can be up and running very quickly
Standards Compliance - Latest accessibility, e-government and other industry standards automatically dealt with
Productivity - Whether intranet, extranet or website - our simple to use system will deliver tangible productivity benefits
Ease of use
From installation, the system offers an extensive range of “out of the box” features including:
Vestri technology allows you to manage multiple websites, intranets and extranets from a single administration interface. Asset and document libraries can be shared to minimise uploading and reduce the amount of server space required.
Vestri technology helps ensure your websites adhere to the latest standards of compliance. Whether it be meeting accessibility standards and ensuring that DDA guidelines are achieved for end users or that eGMS requirements are met for E-Government sites, Orchard Content Management off ers the support you need. This reduces the amount of page checks and corrections that need to be conducted before final release.
From the first moment you start to use Orchard Content Management, you will feel at ease with the practicalities of creating your content. Each step of the way is clearly marked for you and the tools are designed to be recognised instinctively. By placing tools that feel familiar at the heart of the system, the time taken to become a profi cient author is greatly reduced, and as a result, so is training time.
As you would expect from Orchard, the future uses of web technology have already been assessed and taken into account. Your sites will be supported not only across platforms and browsers, but also when viewed using mobile technology either via smartphone or tablet computer. Enabling your audience to use your site in a mobile environment, greatly increase your sites reach and exposure.
Flexibility and Scalability
Just because Orchard Content Management is feature rich from the outset, it doesn’t mean you can’t expand it with additional functionality. Other tools in the Orchard suite including Orchard Performance Management to monitor your organisation’s KPI’s, Risk, Dashboards, Action Plans, Strategies and more, are natural extensions to the core capabilities. It doesn’t have to happen all at once though; a phased delivery allows progress to occur on a manageable scale reducing your labour commitments.
Site Optimisation and Ranking
Striving to be top of the list or number one in the search engines is every company’s goal. Each site built using Orchard Content Management software automatically has an inherent advantage in helping achieve this. Vestri technology structures pages and entire sites the way that search engines prefer. In addition to our training on how to present your content to the best effect, your ranking performance
Meeting your training and support requirements
Setting you up and leaving you to sink or swim isn’t the Orchard way. We take great pride in delivering targeted training to leave your staff with the skills they need to flourish.
By working in a workshop environment, your staff will be introduced to new creative ideas to make the most of the space available and be given advice on what works and what might not. The experience of our team in implementing corporate websites and intranet is there for you to utilise, our knowledge is there to help you gain the best online presence possible.
The time will come when your site is up and running and you need us less, but we are always there to help support and guide you as your sites grow. We offer a range of support packages dependent on your needs and how often you are likely to need help. It’s part of our commitment to you, to be there when you need us.
We also like to keep in touch to see how your projects develop and grow and to find out if you use Orchard software to drive innovative new uses for the web.
Providing you with safe and secure hosting environment
We can deploy the solution locally on your servers or provide a fully hosted solution.
We off er a variety of hosting services to fit your specific requirements from Virtual Servers to dedicated server environments. Peace of mind is assured with network and systems monitoring day and night. Your site information is regularly replicated so you are protected should the very worst happen.
As your investment and your information are so important, every hosting solution we offer is given the following provision:
- Hosting and co-location in specialist datacentres
- 24/7 network and systems monitoring
- Latest fire detection and warning
- Security CCTV system with 24-hour video recording
- Full perimeter alarm
- Secure access control
- 24x7 on-site monitoring of facility, alarms and conditions
- Direct Uninterruptible Power Supply, with independent generator backup
- Fully-protected Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)