Masuga Design and Craft CMS
We've developed with Craft CMS for over 3 years, and it's our go-to content management system for new projects.
We can get up and running quickly, and can do more out of the box than we’ve been able to do with other systems. In short: Craft is a great tool and we know how to use it.
In 2017, we published The Guide to Craft CMS Development—a 165 page book on our process for developing Craft-driven sites using Git version control.
What We've Developed With Craft
Following are details about three of our most recent sites built using Craft CMS.
Voter Study Group
We utilized Craft's Matrix field type to construct a “content builder” so the content editors could translate very long printed reports into flexible, similarly-styled entries online. No more jamming all the content one has into a single text field and hoping for the best. We built in dozens of block types and options including figures, pull-quotes, variously styled text fields, video blocks, lists, and so on. Using block types allowed us to create a dynamic table of contents for each report as well. The content editors have an exceptional amount of control over how their content appears online.
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We first imported many thousands of entries from their old CMS into Craft, and made improvements to the way they edit their content. Then we constructed a similar “content builder” to the Voter Study site, allowing the content editors to create new pages and style them as they see fit. We developed custom "Project Board" functionality which allows users to save products and fabrics to different boards to help plan for their large projects. Admins are emailed details about board creation and activity on a schedule.
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Peter Island Resort & Spa
Again we migrated all content from their older CMS into Craft while simultaneously simplifying and streamlining how that content is stored. Stop me if you've heard this one twice already, but we included a “content builder” for admins to easily create pages with very different layouts. Any time they come up with a new layout idea that they can't do with their current blocks, we add it to the builder so that it is available to them on any pages they like.
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We also use Craft on our own site, the one you're reading right now. This very page was put together with...you guessed it...a flexible content builder.
We Think You'll Like Using Craft. Here's a Couple Reasons Why.
You probably could care less about your content management system. Ideally, you don't want to think about it at all. You have a business to run, things to do. You just want to make a new page, or upload a new PDF. Get in, get out. We understand. That said, here are a couple things that will help ensure you can do just that.
Live preview is possibly the nicest of nice-to-haves for content managers. Users such as yourself can preview changes and watch the content update in real time, prior to saving the entry.
You can also share content that you're working on with anyone you wish by using a sharable preview URL. The live preview in Craft CMS is perhaps the best one we've seen.
Flexible Entry Layouts
Everything you need, and nothing you don't.
Who needs to see 50 fields every time they go in to edit an entry if 99% of those fields aren't used?
Craft helps us keep your content entry clean and sensible with custom field types. Each type of entry has just the fields it needs, in a common sense format based on the data in that field. Whether it's a simple FAQ channel with 2 fields, or a complex product channel with upwards of 30 fields, you see what you need based on what you're editing.
We always make sure to utilize custom field instructions so you'll never forget if a field is optional, what size an image should be, or where something shows up.
And there's more, such as flexible user permissions, built-in support for localization (multi-language), plugin APIs, and one of the easiest update methods we've ever used, which is critical for keeping your site up to date for security, speed, and new features.
Do You Need Help With Your Existing Craft Site?
Craft is only a tool. A great tool - but like any tool, in the wrong hands, the end experience can be frustrating. We know Craft CMS. Do you have a Craft site that you’re not happy with?
- Slow pages?
- Confusing back-end?
- Unresponsive developers?
We have a track record of solving all three of those issues.
If you need help with your existing Craft site, contact us today. Let’s see if Masuga Design’s Craft CMS expertise can help you. You’ll be glad you did!
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