Chris Tebbit

Web Design and Development. Brighton, UK

Orzo CMS

Orzo CMS is a Content Management System (CMS) written from the ground up exclusively for my clients. Leveraging the power of Twitter's Bootstrap framework for the front end, as well as a comprehensive knowledge of what makes an effiecient and resilient website on the back, Orzo CMS offers my clients the power to manage their websites with minimal technical knowledge and little instruction. In fact, due to Orzo CMS's ease of use and extensive contextual documentation, many of my clients have been happy to get started without any training whatsoever.

Another CMS? Really?

Yes, another one. I know, I know, there's no shortage of them around, each promising something different, but of all those I have tried, none have met my expectations or my clients' needs. That's why I developed Orzo CMS, a powerful, yet simple to use CMS that gives me as developer complete control over what it outputs (no needless Javascript or meta tags here), and my clients the control their business needs, without the technical overhead of learning an unnecessarily complex system.

So, what does it do?

Whatever you want! Orzo CMS is designed to be flexible and expandable while remaining extremely simple. But for a start, here's a few features:

  • Update your site's content with no knowledge of HTML or CSS, Orzo CMS takes care of this for you.
  • Integration with your preferred payment gateway. Don't have a preferred payment gateway? Let me know and I will happily advise you on the best option for your business.
  • Manage products, orders and customers, including dispatch and refunds.
  • Powerful multi-user user management.
  • Real time analytics built in.
  • Monitor your customer's progress live from basket to checkout.
  • Generate custom reports of sales in your preferred spreadsheet format.
  • Manage and communicate with your mailing list, right from within Orzo CMS.
  • Offer your customers exclusive pre-sales for forthcoming products.
  • Create single or multiple use gift vouchers.
  • Communicate with other users with deep level communication functionality.
  • Extensive contextual documentation.
  • Transparent accountability, users' changes are logged and easily visible.
  • Extend the base functionality with custom plugins.

Did you say plugins?

Indeed, everyone wants something different, and why should you be restricted by what's already been developed. On top of the Orzo CMS core functionality, there is literally limitless options for creating plugins for custom functionality built to your exact specifications. If you have your own in-house developer, they can even build plugins without worrying about breaking anything, I'm always happy to work with fellow developers to help them get started.

Is it secure?

You bet. Administrative users have the power to create and remove users at will, as well as restrict their access to areas of Orzo CMS they want to keep to themselves. PCI-DSS compliance is built in (by outsourcing payment processing to one of my trusted partners) and everything is encrypted from the first log-in screen, to the automatic session expiry when you're done for the day.

Why Orzo?

In case you didn't know, orzo is a type of pasta that has a similar shape to rice (I recommend it slightly al dente, with spinach and garlic). As well as being delicious, it's also versatile and, owing to it's appearance, quite deceptive. I thought that fitted well with Orzo CMS, delicious (in a technical way), versatile (for the end user), and deceptively simple.

Mobile

For years I swore I would never switch from my trusty Nokia, it was indestructable, lasted for days at a time and did what I wanted and nothing more. Then after an unfortunate and largely fictional incident involving a number of unrelated anecdotes I, like most people with smartphones, was thrust into the 21st century and the world of smartphone ownership.

Since then, it has become especially clear that the mobile internet is the way forward, with nearly 50% of UK mobile phone owners opting for one, and sales due to outstrip PCs within the year, the mobile internet, and the convenience it offers simply cannot be ignored.

So after the frustrations of seeing countless websites not optimised for the mobile web, I made it my goal to make sure that none of my clients would be left behind, and have finely honed my skills in order to develop the most usable and efficient mobile sites possible in order to ensure that they can be reached and discovered on everything from the most powerful 32" display, to the smallest smartphone handset around.

Accessibility

Since 2010, organisations have had a legal (not to mention moral) obligation to ensure their services are accessible to all under the UK's Equality Act. This act is designed to ensure that the discrimination many disabled people face is comprehensively tackled, and as such, it is a responsibility of organisations to ensure all their services, including their website, are accessible to all regardless of ability.

I am a passionate advocate of web standards and web accessibility, and ensure that not only do the sites I build comply with W3C's WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines), but also with RNIB's 'Surf Right' guidelines to ensure that no one is excluded from using your website. As well as the moral and legal case for ensuring your web services are accessible to all, as an organisation you will see increased audience reach, better SEO, greater usability and future proof standards compliance.

  • 61.4 million - The approximate population of the United Kingdom (source: ONS).
  • 10 million - The number of people with long-term or permanent disability in the United Kingdom (source: UK Government).
  • 2 million - The number of people with sight problems (source: RNIB).
  • £80 billion per annum- The combined estimated spending power of disabled people (source: Employers Forum on Disability).
RNIB, Web Access Centre

LAMP

LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP; the most powerful, reliable and popular development platform around. According to the latest statistics, this platform powers 65% of web servers globally. As well as a long standing pedigree as a development platform, it also offers the benefits of security, low cost and a global support network of professionals.

I develop exclusively using LAMP platforms as I believe it offers my clients the best option for their web presence, low cost, high power and reliability.