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Network Sites
Because of Platformic's architecture as a SaaS solution, content is easily shared across multiple sites. All it takes is a few simple configuration settings and networking of data is activated for any number of sites. No additional custom development is needed.

To facilitate the replication of a corporate look and feel across the sites, Platformic's system template library is available to every Platformic site. A Professional Services team member installs the page layout to the library, and then it is cloned on each site as needed.

Networked sites can share feeds, media and advertising assets. Additionally, configuration settings and custom tool modules can be activated for the network or for each individual site.

Each site controls the editing of content originating on that site. Networked sites can choose to make editable copies of articles that are no longer linked, thus keeping the original content intact, or they can choose to subscribe to linked copies that will be updated when the content owner revises the content.
Site owners, and the groups they distribute to, can set up a content distribution network to create, deploy and track content.

The results are:
  • Creation of network content feeds or “content buckets” allowing participants of the network to leverage the creative assets of the company
  • Participants can “subscribe” to the network feeds and elect to have content automatically appear on their properties
  • Content publishers and editors can gain a global view of the content that is being created for the organization
  • Ideas for new content angles can be exchanged, along with how they can be applied to the local markets the company serves
  • Participants of the network that may be short-staffed are supported by providing content for their properties
  • Content managers have the ability to check subject lists, or when relevant, lets them know when stories and/or comments are added to articles or blogs
  • End-users are enabled to share information with their friends and social media sites (including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others), SMS and email; then potentially leverage those comments across the network
Networked sites have additional features not available to single sites. These features fall under the extended features category.

Some of the more popular tools are:
  • Network Content and Local Content Features
    These allow sites to share layout segments called building blocks. For example, a network may want to share the same sidebars or certain page content. The local content tool allows the individual site to insert site-specific content into the network segment. The network content can be updated once and the new version will be automatically retrieved by all of the sites sharing it.
  • Network Text, Video, and Podcast Feeds
    Content that is added to feeds designated as network is available to the entire network. Change control is owned by the originating site.
  • Attach Content to Feeds
    This feature allows a networked site locate relevant content from another site and either make an editable copy or link to the original story.
  • Network Ad Campaigns
    Platformic's built-in ad server is network ready. Specific sites can included in a campaign.

Below are just a few of our clients sites, built using the power of Platformic. Please click the thumbnails below for full size photos.
Here at the Platformic blog it's a pretty loose forum. While I don't really think that anyone is going to post a blog about their cats (well, maybe Eric might ...) we post about a range of stuff that might be of interest to a client of a CMS or someone looking to work on websites and although Platformic does not provide graphic design services we do work with a host of people who might be interested in graphics and for certain who at some times might use Photoshop so I wanted to share something that I learned today which blew me away (and I have been using Photoshop for 15 years now!)
Google recently announced that it has acquired a social RSS service called Postrank which is a huge indication of their commitment to their social strategy. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that this move is an indicator that social media and services continue to have a very big impact on the web as we know it today. The future will surely continue down the social road.

So what does Postrank do anyway? Here's a quote straight form their web site on the subject:

"Our platform tracks where and how users engage, and what they pay attention to " in real-time. PostRank social engagement data measures actual user activity, the most accurate indicator of the relevance and influence of a site, story, or author."
As sure as the sun will rise in the morning, your site users are going to end up hitting a 404 error page at some point or another. But what you provide them when they hit that pages can actually tell a lot about your site, and can help turn your what is technically a fail for the user into a win, if done properly.

By definition (remember when definition was pulled from encyclopedia rather than wikipedia? I guess I am dating myself somewhat here), a 404 page is:

"The 404 or Not Found error message is a HTTP standard response code indicating that the client was able to communicate with the server, but the server could not find what was requested. 404 errors should not be confused with "server not found" or similar errors, in which a connection to the destination server could not be made at all. A 404 error indicates that the requested resource may be available again in the future."