MotoCMS is an interesting product in that it’s a flash based content management system in a time of HTML5 and CSS3. If you are looking for a CMS system that is going to give you the ability to develop flash websites with greater ease and more functionality then this is an interesting tool to use to run your flash website. I personally don’t use flash to date on any of my websites but Flash does still serve a purpose for a lot of multimedia sites out there.
On my first dive into this CMS product I’ve got to say that I wasn’t sure what I could expect. This is coming from someone who’s favourite CMS is not flash-based so naturally I was sceptical.
When you first sign up for an account you need to select a template. There is really no way around this step. Naturally once you have this in place you can completely customize the template as much as you want. There is a lot of control over adding flash elements, different types of media even down to font control.
The Fonts Manager itself gives you the option to upload your own fonts from your computer to your MotoCMS site and then from there you can apply them. This is great for designers looking for a simple way to get their typographic design work into MotoCMS.
One of the most useful areas of MotoCMS is the control that you have over media on a MotoCMS website. The heart of MotoCMS is the ability to use Flash, Sound, Video and other forms of media in their website’s architecture seamlessly. There is also a way to embed YouTube videos into as well. The maximum file size on media that you upload to your website is 2MB.
As with evaluating any content management system the question always comes up about search engine optimization. MotoCMS does offer some options to control SEO on the page itself and site wide. There are the normal SEO settings available in MotoCMS including the following…
- Do not index and do not follow checkboxes (by default these are unchecked meaning that the pages you create are indexed to search engines and the link relationships are followed by search engines)
- Page Keywords
- Page Description
Some of the site-wide SEO options include the ability to generate a sitemap and integrate with Google Webmaster Tools. Outside of that, you can also integrate your MotoCMS with Google Analytics by adding the tracking code generated in Google Analytics to the site.
Backups and Updates
One thing that is great to see in a CMS product by default is to be able to backup and update your website without any technical “knowhow” or additional setup and MotoCMS does give you the ability to do this.
Overall Thoughts about MotoCMS
My overall opinion about MotoCMS is that it’s a great option for people if they are looking for a content management system that is going to allow them to do the following…
- Run a “Media Heavy” website without a lot of setup
- Having a Flash based site that is easy to administer, make changes to and updates easily
- Designers looking for a CMS that can accommodate your needs as designers while providing their clients a way for updating a flash-based website.
There aren’t many Flash-based CMS products available today to help you run your website and in a niche market like this MotoCMS stands out as an option for anyone looking for a killer flash-based CMS solution.