Deskspace CMS - the web-builder: creating the fastest responsive sites on the web, period.
Can I have a free trial?
Yes! When you first use Deskspace CMS, provided you have a reasonable internet connection, the App will automatically create your new website on deskspacecloud.com. The App is initially licensed for 14 days and a maximum of 3 web pages. You can request a NEARLY FREE License which is for 4 web pages for 12 months.
What new features are included in Version 3?
Nine months of development work have resulted in a far easier to use App, with a long list of new features here.
What is Responsive Web Design?
Responsive Web Design was originated by Ethan Marcotte. It refers to a single web page being designed so that is renders naturally and easily on a wide variety of devices, so that only one page is required, as opposed to several different pages being used for different sizes of display, as was the case previously.
When Responsive Web Design is also Mobile First it means that the web page is designed with the needs of the mobile user as the priority, responsiveness and speed, and it is then dynamically modified as necessary to display well on larger sized devices as the secondary purpose.
What is Micro-responsive Web Design?
We have based our approach to designing web pages on some of the ideas published by Stephen Hay in his book Responsive Design Workflow. However, we have taken this a step further by creating the Deskspace CMS CSS engine which automatically generates just the inline CSS required for each page, enabling each page to be as small and fast as possible.
We have called this approach Micro-responsive Web Design because the results are so small, fast and responsive.
Micro-responsive Web Design is very new, but based on very old principles. When CSS first appeared it was normally incorporated within the style section of a web page, which is nowadays referred to as "inline CSS". As the amount of CSS being used in pages grew so it became a smart move to pull it all out into a single source, a CSS style file, to which each page could refer without having to continually re-download it. This was much more efficient. As computers and networks all became faster so the CSS style files became ever larger, until they became libraries. They then incorporated java script as well and became powerful single sources of everything the web designer could possibly want.
The only problem is that this level of complexity and size, does not perform well on mobile devices over slow networks, purely because of its complexity and size.
What support can I get?
We are creating a series of videos which will demonstrate and document some of the features of Deskspace CMS. You are welcome to raise your questions direct with us and we will republish the help we provide you on our help pages to benefit our other users.
Become a Deskspace CMS designer and/or support service pro.
We are looking for web professionals who wish to develop their business providing design and support services for our users.
The App: if you want have more than 4 web pages on your site we can provide you with a range of licensing options, depending on the number of web pages you want to be able to create and the number of people who will be editing your site. See more about our licensing options here.
Not for Profit & Education: we offer various licenses for qualifying people and organisations here.
For Professionals: we offer Pro licenses for those wishing to use our App as a tool in their business, giving additional access to the 'under the hood' CSS for customising the site appearance and the ability to use the App to create an UNLIMITED No. of sites, find our more here..
Hosting: With your NEARLY FREE License your hosting is indeed very nearly free, just US 10 cents a month! Our Silver Gold and Platinum Licenses offer options to suit most needs including, with Platinum, your own web hosting service for your own domain name, including your own email service and other facilities. Find out more here.
What is a CMS?
A Content Management System is an App which automatically creates nicely formatted web pages based on simple textual input, so that the user doesn't need to know how to create the visual effects they want to use. It should also create the navigation system necessary for visitors to easily find the site content they wish to access.
The leading example of a CMS is Wordpress.
Deskspace CMS / Web-Builder provides a similar service to Wordpress, but simpler and is much easier and quicker to use and creates much faster web sites.
What is CSS?
Cascading Style Sheets are a type of computer code used to control the formatting of web pages. They can become very complex and large as new functions and styles are developed. CSS files, or libraries, are created which are incorporated into web pages by reference enabling the web page designer very easily to call on all the functions and styles of the library without understanding the CSS they are using. If the first Library they use doesn't include what they want they often incorporate one or more additional libraries in order to pick and choose what they want to use. This is entirely appropriate when web pages are created manually, or hand coded, since it saves a vast amount of time.
The disadvantage is that before any device can display a page it has first to download all the CSS Library files referenced in the page, unless it has previously downloaded, stored and retained them. On a mobile device this may take quite a lot of time. Then the device must resolve all the conflicting instructions in those libraries in order to decide exactly how the page should look. On a mobile device this will take even longer.
Existing CMS's still use external CSS libraries and accordingly suffer the slowness on mobile devices that results from the vast amount of code required to be downloaded and processed before the device can display a page.
However, where the pages are automatically created by Deskspace CMS, the CSS required for any given page is created dynamically and included in the page, so that it is unnecessary to refer to any external CSS libraries. This has several advantages. First the amount of CSS required is minimal, since only the CSS actually required is being created, so the device has much less work to do in displaying the page. Second, it is faster for the device to use CSS included in the page as opposed to externally referenced libraries. Third, such pages are free standing self contained web pages - so the code can be displayed anywhere and the page will always look just right.