Success Stories

United Methodist Communication / General Board of Discipleship Success Story

The Challenge:
Dynamically display content in a variety of ways and in multiple places on the public facing Web site, while allowing CMS content creators to efficiently create new content and edit existing content with no HTML/CSS/JS coding knowledge or experience.

The CMS Solution:
Blackbaud Kintera division devised a solution using their CMS and AJAX (asynchronous JavaScript and XML) technology to meet the client requirements. The following steps outline the details:

Step 1: UMCom/GBOD defined & designed the Web pages and various ways on each page they needed their content to populate and display on their public Web site.

Step 2: Blackbaud Internet Solutions and UMCom/GBOD worked through functional requirements of how the content was to be managed and pushed live on the public Web site.

Step 3: Set up CMS tools

  • Segmentation structure
  • Content folders for content organization
  • Content listings (Inline & Normal) for content delivery
  • RSS/XML feeds

Step 4: Based on the functional requirements Blackbaud Internet Solutions finally began the Custom coding process. This final step included development of:

  • JavaScript
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

The use of these technologies allowed us to dynamically read in the Sphere e-Marketing generated XML (Content feeds), use client side javascripting to store and manipulate the data and finally display on the front end Web site using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

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