Content management systems (CMS) have become the dominant platform for websites over the last fifteen years. Thanks to them, the traditional web designer profession of creating a website with an HTML editor (such as Adobe Dreamweaver) has nearly died out. Instead, web designers are nowadays responsible for setting up content management systems. Web developers who still produce code now work more with developing web applications. But even these have little to do with the HTML-based websites from earlier.
Content management systems vs. web applications
A content management system is itself a web application, but one with which you can create content-based websites following the modular principle. A powerful, standardized back end is used for its management.
This sets them apart from all other custom-made web applications whose appearance and functioning are unique. These can be websites that look very similar to their CMS counterparts. Since developing a web application can be relatively expensive, this technology is often used for other approaches. Facebook is a web applications, or Spotify’s or Skype’s web apps. But even complex online portals with interactive features like to fall back on proprietary web applications.
The best content management systems
There are many CMS, after all, the idea behind it is very old. You can find an extensive list of content management systems on Wikipedia. The overview shows that CMS are not bound to a specific technology. There are Java CMS, ASP.NET CMS, Perl CMS, Python CMS, Ruby on Rails CMS. PHP has been prevalent for a long time, in addition to the LAMP Stack as a technological basis.
WordPress has held the dominant position among CMS for the longest time. The content management system, which is also realised with PHP, holds a commanding market share of 58.5%. The second most popular CMS, Joomla, only holds 7.2%. The list continues with Drupal (4.8 percent), Magento (2.6 percent), Blogger (2.4 percent), Typo3 (1.4 percent), Bitrix (1.4 percent) and Shopify (1.4 percent). As these figures from W3Techs show, more than a fifth of all websites run on the CMS WordPress. You can’t go wrong if you choose WordPress.
WordPress uses a modular approach, as well as the other CMS. Simply install the free software package on a PHP and MySQL capable web server and build a website with the help of a suitable template (for the design) and plugin (for additional features). Almost everything is possible, from elaborate news sites to company homepages, up to e-commerce solutions. However, a truly professional setup requires extensive expertise, an understanding of design and technical skill.
Web applications and web frameworks
Outsourcing the website development
As you can tell, PHP based CMS and WordPress especially should be the first choice when designing a website. You can easily find web developers specialised in this everywhere. Usually this involves freelancers or web design agencies who put together a homepage according to your exact instructions and who provide a briefing for the back-end operation. Since this is still a lot of work despite the great advantages of the content management system, it can cost quite a bit. The salary level in Europe and the high demand for these sorts of services also add to the high cost.
If you use a qualified CMS developer from abroad, you can reduce this cost to a fraction of its original price. This has led to an increasing demand for Indian developers for website development over the last few years. India is known as an IT nation, developers there speak good English and the salary level in India is unbeatably low.
If you would also like to realise your own website project at a low cost, we can help with our specialised Indian services. We have been providing IT specialists from the Asian country for years, and have many years of experience in this area. Our clients can conclude a contract directly with us, and we will then take over everything from recruitment, to project management at a distance with our own Scrum professionals, up to the payment of the Indian web developer. We stand for quality and security as a European company. At the same time, you can tap into the cost advantages in India with us.
If you want to convert HTML, then it usually involves saving the content from the webpage while retaining the original format. But the reverse is also possible: documents of all kinds can be converted to HTML format so that they can be easily opened and read in browsers.
When converting to HTML on a large scale, which means hundreds or even thousands of pages, you will need the help of a professional. You can convert individual documents yourself, depending on the template or your target format. However, large amounts of pages will cost you so much time that it’s better to delegate.
HTML conversion by professionals
Conversion professionals have the necessary expertise and the software tools. It’s especially worth your while to take advantage of their services if you have a lot of files. They know what work steps can be automated and what might require manual post-editing. In some cases, this might mean direct editing or a clean-up of the HTML code prior to conversion, or the HTML files are first converted to an intermediate format which lets you edit them more easily. The following conversions are the most popular:
Converting HTML to Word and Word to HTML
HTML data export to Excel, or Excel data for websites to HTML
HTML to PDF and PDF to HTML
Image files to HTML, such as a slide show
Converting PowerPoint presentations to an HTML slide show
Converting HTML to PowerPoint
There are naturally many more possible formats that can be converted from or to HTML, especially for document formats that use page-based display. Printed material, such as catalogues or books, can also be scanned in and converted to HTML with the help of image and text recognition.
BPO to India: HTML conversion at low rates
Format conversion is a typical service provided by BPO (business process Outsourcing). Since it usually involves very labour intensive yet simple tasks, hourly wages play a decisive factor here. Wages are especially low in countries like India, which is one of the reasons that India has established itself as the world’s most popular Outsourcing location. There are a number of professional BPO providers with good references and standardised processes.
We at Outsourcing4work are happy to find you a provider who will deliver you professional HTML conversion services at a low cost. We have many years of experience in the procurement of Outsourcing services to India, and have an established partner network. In addition to BPO services, we also realise complex IT projects in the fields of software development and web design in India. We are experienced in the coordination of complex processes across many time zones, and can guarantee you reliable and accurate execution in accordance with your ideas.