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10 Reasons Convergence Trumps Wordpress

 

New QuickList view: Simple List

 

Two new tokens: text & json

 

Introducing Convergence: Version 3!

 

2 New Features: Your Code is Better than Our Code

 

Rockstar Developer: Interview with Nate Cornelius from Hole in the Roof

 

Quicker Quantities: An Update for your Store

 

Your First Website on Convergence

 

A Simple Accordion in Convergence

 

Create a Web Design Portfolio using Convergence Item Lists

 

Convergence + E-Commerce = Win.

 

DIY Websites: Inline Editing.

 

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10 Reasons Convergence Trumps Wordpress

 

New QuickList view: Simple List

 

Two new tokens: text & json

 

Introducing Convergence: Version 3!

 

2 New Features: Your Code is Better than Our Code

 

In a Crisis: Using Convergence for Greater Good

 

Your First Website on Convergence

 

A Simple Accordion in Convergence

 

The Flexible CMS: Convergence

 

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10 Reasons Convergence Trumps Wordpress

 

2 New Features: Your Code is Better than Our Code

 

In a Crisis: Using Convergence for Greater Good

 

Create a Web Design Portfolio using Convergence Item Lists

 

The Flexible CMS: Convergence

 

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Quicker Quantities: An Update for your Store

 

Building a Convergence Product Page

 

Convergence + E-Commerce = Win.

 

10 Reasons Convergence Trumps Wordpress

We'd like to thank Nate Cornelius, a web developer, for sending this list to us.  Nate works at Hole in the Roof, where every site is built on Convergence. He compiled this list to send to clients who were unsure about the benefits of Convergence over a self-hosted CMS like Wordpress.  Thanks again Nate, we couldn't have said it better ourselves!

1. In our experience, on average, developing for Wordpress takes... [more]

 
 

New QuickList view: Simple List

We're excited to announce a simple new way to show Blog Articles and Events in Version 3.  Introducing the Simple List view.  Simply add a QuickList for your BLOG or EVENTS module and you'll see this new option:

This is a great way to just show the title and maybe date for your article or event.  It works perfectly in a sidebar or smaller area of... [more]

 
 

Two new tokens: text & json

Developers!  We're excited to let you know that the Flexible CMS is getting a little more flexible with two brand new tokens: text & json.

The "text" token

Ever need a simple line of text that you'd like your client to edit - but you don't want to give them all the options in the WYSIWYG?  Look no further than the new text token.  It works somewhat similarly to the module... [more]

 
 

Introducing Convergence: Version 3!

We have been hard at work on a project code-named Sandwich, and today we're excited to share it with you.  Introducing Convergence Version 3.

What's new?

Modules - now with Bootstrap

We re-coded much of Convergence from the ground up.  Now our modules are built on top of Bootstrap - a powerful front-end framework that we like to think of as "the new default" for HTML.  You'll see the... [more]

 
 

2 New Features: Your Code is Better than Our Code

A CMS outputs code.  It's pretty simple, really.  In order for a CMS to do its job and help you build a website, somewhere along the line, it has to output some code.  Because Convergence has easy-to-use built-in modules like Photo Galleries, Blogs, Calendars, Product Listings, etc. it has to output some HTML.

We've always been careful about deciding what code to render... we know it's never easy applying CSS to... [more]

 
 

Rockstar Developer: Interview with Nate Cornelius from Hole in the Roof

We love to see the incredible sites built by web designers and developers on Convergence.  One company that's doing some amazing work is Hole in the Roof from Waco, Texas.  Recently, we got the chance to interview Nate Cornelius, their rockstar web developer.  Check out the interview below.


Howdy Nate! First off, take a second to describe how you got into web design.

After I got married I was working... [more]

 
 

In a Crisis: Using Convergence for Greater Good

How do you quickly respond to a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy?  

It's a difficult question with complicated answers, but we were very impressed with the response of one group called Hurricane Hackers, a group of developers who used their programming skills for good.  In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, they created a Google Doc and a Github repository for web projects that would help in and after the crisis.

One... [more]

 
 

Quicker Quantities: An Update for your Store

Looking for an easier way to update quantities and pricing for a lot of products at once?

We're happy to announce that we just launched a new feature that should speed up your big updates.

Here's how it works.  In order to update your products you can now import a CSV with only the fields you want to update.  It's important to note that you must include the id and sku columns -... [more]

 
 

Your First Website on Convergence

When we began building websites, we realized we wanted a few things out of a CMS:

  • Build in standard HTML / CSS (and use JS/jQuery when we need it)
  • Construct 'template' HTML files that could be used for Home, Inside pages, etc.
  • Use include files for common elements like the header, footer, and sidebars
  • Easily add pages, and have those pages appear on menus around the site
  • Allow the Client to login and easily make edits... [more]
 
 

A Simple Accordion in Convergence

If you've visited the Convergence Help site you may have noticed the "accordion" effect when clicking on any of the different help articles.  We thought you may want to know how it works, so we wrote a little tutorial below.

The Setup

First, login to your Convergence site and go to the page where you want the accordion to appear.  Click ADD MODULE and add a Blog/News module.  This module... [more]

 
 

Form Modules Get an Upgrade

Seems like everyone’s upgrading these days. The iPhone4 for the iPhone4S, HTML 4 for HTML 5, Internet Explorer 6 for… any other browser. You get the picture and so do we. Consumers like upgrades, so we’re working hard to bring them to you. Our latest and greatest, the Form Module, just got a serious upgrade.

! Field Required

All form modules now come with the required field icon ! that can be... [more]

 
 

Create a Web Design Portfolio using Convergence Item Lists

This guy just loves databases

To create a portfolio that showcases your work on the web, you'll probably need some sort of... shudder.. database.  Wow, if that word doesn't make you want to snore, it may just make you want to run and hide.  The poor word sounds complex, boring, and useless - a horrorifying noun reminiscent of Office Space ... right?  Well perhaps... [more]

 
 

Building a Convergence Product Page

Everyone and their brother is trying to sell stuff online, and there are a ton of great options for online stores. However, if you want a custom site, or you started with a site and are now trying to add an integrated store and cart, your options are very limited, especially if you have a product that has any variables that fall outside the typical "size" and "color" choices.

Since Convergence... [more]

 
 

Convergence + E-Commerce = Win.

E-commerce is here to stay. And why not? The web makes it easier to compare products, gets rid of checkout lines, and for vendors, the "doors" stay open 24/7. We saw a recent post from Smashing Magazine that listed some fundamentals of E-commerce. Naturally, we jumped to see if Convergence was up to snuff.  Good news, here is the list below.

1)... [more]

 
 

DIY Websites: Inline Editing.

DIY.  Not a new term in today’s world.  Heck, with over 2,200 Home Depots in the world, it's obvious people like to get their hands dirty doing their own home projects.  Yet the average Home Depot customer probably doesn't show up on Saturday morning ready to build a home from the ground up; we pay for professionals for that.  No, this customer is more likely redoing a bathroom, painting a... [more]

 
 

The Flexible CMS: Convergence

Some of the best stories from web design and development come from zany client requests.  As crazy as the requests seem sometimes, however, no one knows the businesses better than the clients themselves, the good ones anyway.  So when presented with these new ideas, web professionals often stammer, delay, and try feverishly to find a solution that will meet the client's goals.  And every now and then, there's the dreaded,... [more]

 
 

Design Flexibility

Convergence conforms to the demands of your custom site design.

Use Your Own HTML

Create HTML / CSS pages, add a few simple Convergence tokens, and BAM! Your site's ready to edit.

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Simplified Training

The intuitive inline editing system allows your clients to edit their content right on the page.

No Hosting Hassles

We've got your back (and your backups) on powerful, reliable (mt) servers.