Web Services

Content Management System (CMS)


A content management system (CMS) is a computer application that allows publishing, editing and modifying content, organizing, deleting as well as maintenance from a central interface. Such systems of content management provide procedures to manage workflow in a collaborative environment.

 

Google Sites

Google Sites is the easiest way to make information accessible to people who need quick, up-to-date access. People can work together on a Site to add file attachments, information from other Google applications (like Google Docs, Google Calendar, YouTube and Picasa), and new free-form content. Creating a site together is as easy as editing a document, and you always control who has access, whether it’s just yourself, your team, or your whole organization. You can even publish Sites to the world. The Google Sites web application is accessible from any internet connected computer.

 

Quick facts

  • Single-click page creation
    • Creating a new page for your Google Site just takes the click of a button.
  • No HTML required
    • Creating a Google Site is as easy as editing a document, which means there’s no markup language for you to learn — just get started.
  • Make it your own
    • Our customization options let you give your Google Site your own look and feel
  • Get started with templates
    • We offer a growing list of page types — web page, announcements, file cabinet, dashboard and list — to help you get started with your Google Sites pages.
  • Upload files and attachments
    • Use the file cabinet to upload files up to 10MB in size. Each Google Apps account receives at least 10GB of storage in Google Sites. Google Apps Premier and Education editions get an additional 500MB for each user account.
  • Embed rich content
    • Google Sites is integrated with other Google products, so you can insert videos, docs, spreadsheets, presentations, photo slide shows, and calendars directly onto your Google Sites pages.
  • Work together and share
    • Our permission settings let you designate owners, viewers and collaborators (meaning they can edit pages) for your site. And you can make your Google Sites available to just a few people, your entire organization, or the world.
  • Search with Google
    • You can search across Google Sites pages and content using powerful Google search technology. You’ll find specific pages and documents instantly, the same way you would on Google.com.

Joomla – Content Management System (CMS)

What Is Joomla?

Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone.

What’s a content management system (CMS)?

A content management system is software that keeps track of every piece of content on your Web site, much like your local public library keeps track of books and stores them. Content can be simple text, photos, music, video, documents, or just about anything you can think of. A major advantage of using a CMS is that it requires almost no technical skill or knowledge to manage. Since the CMS manages all your content, you don’t have to.

What are some real world examples of what Joomla! can do?

Joomla is used all over the world to power Web sites of all shapes and sizes. For example:

  • Corporate Web sites or portals
  • Corporate intranets and extranets
  • Online magazines, newspapers, and publications
  • E-commerce and online reservations
  • Government applications
  • Small business Web sites
  • Non-profit and organizational Web sites
  • Community-based portals
  • School and church Web sites
  • Personal or family homepages

 

Google Apps


More than 5 million businesses have made the move to Google Apps to help employees work better together and be more productive, wherever and whenever they work. Google’s solution is cloud-based, which means software updates are as easy as refreshing your web browser. With Google Apps, there are no servers to purchase and maintain, reducing IT cost and complexity.

Google Apps includes secure, reliable workplace tools for email, calendar, text and video chat, document creation, project websites, and online storage and sync, and allows for easy extensibility with hundreds of applications in the Google Apps Marketplace.

Switching to Google Apps is easy for IT and for end-users. With data migration capabilities for all common legacy systems included at no extra cost, companies can transition quickly and with minimal disruption. Google Apps offers users the familiar experiences of Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and other tools already used by hundreds of millions of people in their personal lives, so minimal training and support are required.

What you get

GMail provides storage for up to 30GB of email per user, plus advanced spam filtering, lightning-fast message search, integrated text, voice and multi-person video chat and other productivity enhancements such as Priority Inbox. Gmail is accessible securely from almost any mobile device with a data connection, including Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Windows Phone.

Google Calendar helps employees organize their schedules and create and manage shared calendars with colleagues. Multiple calendars can be overlayed to view schedules at a glance, and the “Quick Add” feature understands natural language so you can easily create appointments by typing event information into a simple text box. Google Calendar is available from any web browser and works with all major mobile platforms.

Google Drive is the one place to store everything, so you can access the most recent version of your work from anywhere, on any device, including phones and tablets. Each user has 30GB of included storage and can add more as needed. With Drive you can store any file and instantly view common formats including documents, PDFs, images and even videos right in your web browser. Share files or whole folders with individuals or your entire team, and with granular file permissions it’s easy to control who can view, comment on or edit your work.

Google Docs brings real-time collaboration to your documents, so you and your team can work on the same document at the same time and get things done faster. Import popular document formats like .doc, .docx and .rtf and add images, tables, equations, drawings, links and more. Social commenting makes it easy to get feedback and approvals from the right people. You can be productive even when you’re away from the office with support for creating, viewing and editing documents on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet.

Google Sheets is a powerful spreadsheet editor that lets you crunch numbers together with the whole team at the same time. You can import popular spreadsheet formats like .xls, .xlsx and .csv, and use tools like advanced formulas, embedded charts, filters and pivot tables to get new perspectives on your data. Sheets makes it easy to share lists, manage projects, analyze data and track results together. You can also create, view and edit spreadsheets on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet.

Google Slides makes it easy to create beautiful presentations together, with support for things like embedded videos, animations and dynamic slide transitions. You can import popular presentation formats like .ppt and .pptx and when you’re ready to share, you can publish your presentations on the web for customers to view or share them privately with colleagues or partners. When you’re on the go, you can give presentations right on your iPhone, iPad,or Android phone or tablet.

Google Sites lets users create and share project websites and intranet pages without any programming skills or technical support. Sites helps to keep everyone on the same page – literally – by making it easy to centralize and organize team documents, calendars, videos and more. With just a couple of clicks, you can optimize your sites for viewing on mobile phones and tablets as well.

Google+ brings social sharing to Google Apps and helps connect the right people, ideas and information in your organization.*your company to ask questions, find experts and get answers or connect with partners and customers outside your company. Follow colleagues to keep track of what they’re working on and create Communities to share ideas with project teams. Google+ also includes Hangouts, which brings online video meetings right to your laptop, phone or tablet so you can join from anywhere. Invite up to 15 participants and work together with screensharing and collaborative document editing.

Google Apps Vault is a retention, archiving and eDiscovery tool optionally available to Google Apps customers. Vault allows you to manage business critical information and can help you be prepared for the unexpected such as a lawsuit or employee departure. You can reduce time and costs associated with responding to legal discovery requests, audits or internal investigations. If an employee leaves your organization, Vault can help you understand the status of projects and communications they were involved with.

 

Web Hosting


In order to publish a website online, you need a Web host. The Web host stores all the pages of your website and makes them available to computers connected to the Internet. The domain name, such as “sony.com,” is actually linked to an IP address that points to a specific computer. When somebody enters your domain name into their browser’s address field, the IP address is located and Web site is loaded from your Web host.

A Web host can have anywhere from one to several thousand computers that run Web hosting software, such as Apache, OS X Server, or Windows Server. Most websites you see on the Web are accessed from a “shared host,” which is a single computer that can host several hundred Web sites. Larger websites often use a “dedicated host,” which is a single machine that hosts only one website. Sites with extremely high amounts of traffic, such as apple.com or microsoft.com, use several computers to host one site.

To learn more about how Garland Industries, Inc. can assist your business with web hosting, call (216)641-7500 or email us at IT@garlandind.com.

Domain Name Services (DNS)

Domain names serve as memorizable names for websites and other services on the Internet. However, computers access Internet devices by their IP addresses. DNS translates domain names into IP addresses, allowing you to access an Internet location by its domain name.

Thanks to DNS, you can visit a website by typing in the domain name rather than the IP address. For example, to visit the Tech Terms Computer Dictionary, you can simply type “techterms.com” in the address bar of your web browser rather than the IP address (67.43.14.98). It also simplifies email addresses, since DNS translates the domain name (following the “@” symbol) to the appropriate IP address.

To understand how DNS works, you can think of it like the contacts app on your smartphone. When you call a friend, you simply select his or her name from a list. The phone does not actually call the person by name, it calls the person’s phone number. DNS works the same way by associating a unique IP address with each domain name.

Unlike your address book, the DNS translation table is not stored in a single location. Instead, the data is stored on millions of servers around the world. When a domain name is registered, it must be assigned at least two nameservers (which can be edited through the domain name registrar at any time). The nameserver addresses point to a server that has a directory of domain names and their associated IP addresses. When a computer accesses a website over the Internet, it locates the corresponding nameserver and gets the correct IP address for the website.

Since DNS translation creates additional overhead when connecting to websites, ISPs cache DNS records and host the data locally. Once the IP address of a domain name is cached, an ISP can automatically direct subsequent requests to the appropriate IP address. This works great until an IP address changes, in which case the request may be sent to the wrong server or the server will not respond at all. Therefore, DNS caches are updated regularly, usually somewhere between a few hours and a few days.