Deskspace CMS is a software application which you can run locally on any modern Mac OS X, Windows PC or iOS device and which can also be hosted remotely on a cloud server and then used through any modern web browser on any device.
Local: OSX & Windows
Remote: Cloud Hosted
What does it do?
Deskspace CMS takes the page content that you have written and creates the html web page (an html text file) automatically in a few hundredths of a second and puts it on your desktop or a designated folder. You can then automatically transfer the file to the web server on a Mac or a Windows PC.
Creates an html file for each web page you create.
Uploads the html file to your web server.
How do I use it?
You copy and paste your page content, or type it in, compose it, in the App and the page is automatically created and displayed so you can check how it looks and then amend it as necessary.
You "mark-up" your text to tell the App how to handle it.
Copy & paste existing content.
Compose it as normal.
Pages created automatically.
Can I control how it looks?
Yes, you can select a theme which controls how it looks. You can choose colours, fonts, type sizes, padding, boxes, that sort of thing. You can change all of these aspects of appearance yourself. With the Pro level license you get access to the CSS that controls appearance in order to customise the appearance beyond the properties covered by the theme controls.
Each theme contains a different set of type or font size controls for each of the six styles over five different device display width ranges, which is part of what enables it to be responsive.
You can also commission a designer to create your own special theme.
Each theme comprises six text styles together with the style of the top navigation, the site index and the footer.
They are called h1, h2, h3, h4, h5 and h6.
They are a core element of html code.
Is it really easy to use?
It is easy to compose text. For each paragraph you need to select which of the six styles should be used. You instantly see the result and can then change the style if you wish to get the appearance you want.
You don't need to take our word for it, you can get a FREE version and find out for yourself!
On a Mac or Windows, the upload the the web server is automatic, so that is very easy.
On an iOS device you need to copy the pages across onto your web server using an ftp application like FTP Manager or Transport - so there is a little more to do. We plan to add the automatic uploading of pages in a later version.
If you want to start to adjust a theme to make it your own then there are several hundred settings you can play with.
Every time you make a change the page is instantly redrawn to show you the effect.
Images can be included in the page either full width or in two columns as with any PARAGRAPH.
You can also use any image to provide a background to the h1 page title and/or the entire page.
All images scale automatically and perfectly at all times within the page, on any device, like this example.
Floating blocks to the left or the right into two columns.
There is a little more thought involved in getting your content to float left or right into two columns on wider displays. You are working with PARAGRAPHs, which are terminated with a carriage return or line feed, and BLOCKs which are terminated by a blank, empty, line.
PARAGRAPHs that are not separated by a blank line will stick together on the right or the left whichever was the position of the first PARAGRAPH.
When you end that BLOCK of PARAGRAPHs by entering a blank line the next PARAGRAPH will then float the other way, left or right, to the current BLOCK.
Think of PARAGRAPHs as both fluid and sticky.
Every time you set a PARAGRAPH to h2 it resets the next PARAGRAPH to float left.
If you don't separate the page title h1 PARAGRAPH from the succeeding PARAGRAPHs(s) the resulting BLOCK will be full width and will share the background graphic of the page title.
Learning by doing
Like most software applications, the best way to use them is to get started and just "learn by doing".
If you haven't done this sort of thing before there is a short learning curve but it will soon become obvious.
A short learning curve.
It quickly becomes obvious.
Why work this way, why not use a drag and drop web builder?
First, because the drag and drop approach, whilst apparently "easy" initially, becomes very time consuming as soon as you have much content. Each block of text is handled separately so editing text becomes a troublesome and laborious business. It becomes very difficult to create a consistent style.
You can measure this easily by comparing the speeds of various pages using Google's Speed Insight tool. A new site created with our App will generally get a speed rating of about 95/100 from Google. Adding social media buttons will reduce the speed. The four buttons on this page, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ reduce the page speed by about 10%.
Third, web sites created with Deskspace CMS will rank well on Google and other search engines, better than a normal web site. This is because of several ways in which our style of site construction suit search analysis:
Responsive: very important - especially for mobile users
Fast: also very important and highly rated
Our use of Heading Styles (h1-h6): enable the search engine to easily identify the important elements in the contents of each page.