Picking a Platform

What are you seeking from your site, and a content management system?

  • Write a series of short-form writing
  • Invite others to comment and discuss writing
  • Collaborative writing, without needing much design
  • Create non-linear paths for reading long-form narrative
  • Publish collections with standards-based metadata (out-of-the-box)
  • Publish cultural heritage collections from indigenous communities
  • Create narratives based on digital items
    • Omeka, Omeka.net, Scalar
  • Create and publish visualizations
    • Scalar
  • Mapping items, and creating custom maps for narratives
  • Timelines
  • Collecting from online audiences
    • Omeka, Omeka.net, Google Online Form (text-based)
  • Publish a large amount and many types of content, including a blog, and collections, and customized applications, (like a museum might)

Do you need a CMS?

  • How much content are you producing, and in what format? Something simple like Github pages might work.

What are your technical infrastructure needs for this project?

  • Do you need web hosting? (Try Reclaim: https://reclaimhosting.com/)
  • Will you need direct server access?
  • Who will be responsible for setting up and maintaining the project?
  • Does this project require preservation or is it meant to be more ephemeral?


  • Look for themes that are responsive so your site works on many platforms
  • Check to make sure that you’re design/build is accessible: http://wave.webaim.org/