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19NTC Session

Finding the Needle: A Framework for Evaluating CMS Platforms

Finding the right CMS for your website feels like the classic “needle in a haystack” problem. Websites are expensive in both money and resources. Thoughtful platform selection is critical to your online success over the long term. Learn how to sort through the field of tools available to find the best fit for your organization’s needs in the long term.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify important criteria to factor into your selection process (that might not be obvious)
  • Apply techniques to get the least biased information when "sifting" for tools
  • Leverage a framework to perform your evaluation

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Katherine White

Director of Engineering

Kanopi Studios

I'm a full-stack LAMP web developer, building websites since 1999. I've worked in WordPress since 2003, Drupal since 2007, and have done work with numerous other content management systems over the years. As Director of Engineering at Kanopi Studios, I work to keep Kanopi excelling in all things technical. I'm a solutions architect for clients ranging from small businesses and high-growth startups to global Fortune 500 business. I love helping clients see the relationship between their business goals and their technical solutions, and maximizing the impact and longevity of their sites within the constraints of their project. I'm a passionate advocate for accessibility, rewarding user experiences, and future-proof development methodologies. I also travel, knit hats, and inhale books!


March 14, 2019


10:30am – 11:45am