Power of Content Management System iCMS is in the “i”

"Innovative." "Individual." "Interactive." Mary Miller explains how the "i" in iCMS represents the power of individuals in companies and organizations of any size to create and manage content published to the web.

You're invited to connect with iCMS on Facebook and iCMS on YouTube and to read more about iCMS on Handshake 2.0

Website content management system iCMS is a product of IDD, Inc., a full-service IT firm.  IDD, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Inc., the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

Content Management System Group Editor Inspires the Imagination

I accept that a content management system may not excite most people.  I concede that I am, perhaps, open to being wowed.

Still, when I clicked on “Edit Block” in iCMS, the content management system I’m exploring from our client, IDD, Inc., and saw all the choices, side and top…

iCMS Content Editor's many choices and options

I clicked “Group Editor” first.  It’s still who you know!  I wanted to see how iCMS puts “whos” together.

Ah, “Add New Group.”  People can be put together any way the site owner wants…

iCMS Group Editor allows the user to definie and add groups

…with whatever permssions the site user desires.

iCMS allows the assignment of permissions to users

We sort of clicked “Add New Group” when we took everyone on Handshake 2.0 mobile with our Handshake(TM) App.  I’m sure that planted the seed for this flower:  What if our parent company, Handshake Media, had groups for all of its enterprises on an iCMS site? What if all the people on Handshake 2.0 were like the members of a corporation or organization and could add and update content on their own?  And what if our other enterprises each had their own Group?  What richness and synergy could result!

Well, cool.

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You’re invited to contact IDD for a demonstration of iCMS, to read our narrative and to view our screenshots of iCMS on Facebook and to read our full series of posts about iCMS on Handshake 2.0.   You can connect with iCMS on Facebook and iCMS on YouTube

Website content management system iCMS is a hosted content management system from IDD, Inc., a full-service IT firm.  IDD, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Inc., the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

A Content Management System for Fast-Growing Companies

Mary Miller, founder of website content management system iCMS, invites start-up companies and small companies with plans for growth to test iCMS for its ease of use and scalability. 



You’re invited to connect with iCMS on Facebook and iCMS on YouTube and to read more about iCMS on Handshake 2.0

Website content management system iCMS is a product of IDD, Inc., a full-service IT firm.  IDD, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Inc., the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

Managing a Legacy Site

“That’s so 1996,” a corporate executive was told about his website, created a bit earlier than that, now containing 10,000+ text files and more than 20,000 image files.

What is a corporation or organization to do with a site created in the days of the World Wide Web, with a dated look and a mix of dated and up-to-date content?

Mary Miller, founder of website content management system iCMS, recommends that legacy site owners consider moving their sites to a permission-based content management system.  A CMS gives a site owner choices about archiving content, recording and documenting the history of the company, and creating a new look that represents the evolution of the corporation’s vision.

You’re invited to connect with iCMS on Facebook and iCMS on YouTube and to read more about iCMS on Handshake 2.0

Website content management system iCMS is a product of IDD, Inc., a full-service IT firm.  IDD, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Inc., the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

A Content Management System for Multiple Users

I’m continuing to test drive iCMS, the content management system from our client, IDD, Inc.  As what I term a technology survivor, I am enjoying a leisurely, step-by-step start. 


As a company owner and founder, I envision my company’s future corporate site with many users. Handshake 2.0 is a custom site built on a TypePad backend.  Although I have stretched the use of TyepPad for content management, its function, which it delivers beautifully, is content creation and publishing.  In the future, our growing enterprise will need software that can handle multiple users with multiple permissions to create, edit and publish content. 


As I mentioned in my first impressions of iCMS, I felt very gratified to see the “Admin” tab upon log in.  When I put the cursor on the Admin tab, I beheld a dropdown menu of a dozen options with delight.  I seek power usership of the software in my world and I need to see the structure of what I’m using to understand its capabilities.


iCMS offers multiple options for site administrators


Since multiple users are on my mind, I clicked Admin, then Group Editor.  Again, multiple options displayed themselves among the Group Tasks.  I was impressed with the high level of tasks available to all users, and how any combination of them could be assigned to groups of users. 


iCMS allows a choice of tasks to be assigned to groups of users

Conclusions so far about iCMS, without having even created a page of content:  It makes sense.  It looks easy.


From this twenty-year veteran of software, “easy” is not a word I use lightly.  Or often.


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You’re invited to read our narrative and to view our screenshots of iCMS on Facebook and to read our full series of posts about iCMS on Handshake 2.0.   You can connect with iCMS on Facebook and iCMS on YouTube


Website content management system iCMS is a hosted content management system from IDD, Inc., a full-service IT firm.  IDD, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Inc., the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

If Nobody Owns the Software, Who Owns the Problems?

While Chris Anderson may argue the value of Free, for a mission critical corporate web site, in our experience one gets what one pays for – software with limited functionality, limited features, and persistent, unaddressed glitches.

Worse, as Mary Miller explains in this video, when the software is unowned by a development company, who owns problems that occur for end users?  With sites created using free software, users are "free" to find their own solutions.


Website content management system iCMS is not free.  As a hosted content management system, that means iCMS is full-featured and fully supported.  That means iCMS users are fully supported, too.

You're invited to connect with iCMS on Facebook and iCMS on YouTube and to read more about iCMS on Handshake 2.0

iCMS is a product of IDD, Inc., a full-service IT firm.  IDD, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Inc., the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

iCMS Content Management System User Interface – First Impressions

"You never have a second chance to make a first impression."

Parents, schoolteachers and elevator pitch coaches the world over utter that caution.

I thought the same as I logged into a test site created for me by web content management system iCMS.

When I arrived at the test URL, I was pleased by the site's clean, streamlined appearance, but I was waiting for a differerent first impression.

Test site for Anne Clelland with content management system iCMS's

Hamlet said, "The play's the thing," but with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), the login's the thing. I've seen fair and foul user interfaces, most often the latter.  To quote from memory Dr. Eliot Engel about the opening scene in Shakespeare's tragedies, "We know it's going to happen.  We just don't know how bad it's going to be."

From me, iCMS gets three out of three stars for first impression of a user interface.

Starred user interface for iCMS

An "Admin" choice let's me know I'm in charge, not the software. I'm not overwhelmed with dropdown menus and menu tabs when I see one "Edit" button for the text and one "Edit Block" for the page.

In her video on website content management system scalability, Mary Miller begins with these words: "If you've just been given the job of creating a web page for your corporation…"

If I had been given that job to do using iCMS, past the login, I'd be past first impressions.  I'd be creating.

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You're invited to connect with iCMS on Facebook and iCMS on YouTube and to read more about iCMS on Handshake 2.0

iCMS is a content management system (CMS) from IDD, Inc., a full-service IT firm.  IDD, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Inc., the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

Content Management System Scalability

Handshake doesn't need a web content management system (CMS) yet.  In answer to Mary Miller's question, What content management system are you using?, I answered that our sites are built on TypePad blog software.

When we outgrow TypePad and have multiple users and multiple projects going, some published, some in development, we'll need a web CMS like iCMS.

The NewVa Corridor Technology Council (NCTC) web site is built on iCMS so, as a member of NCTC, I see iCMS in action.  iCMS reminds me of Google Docs – it's a collaborative way to create information, but for the web.  

Depending upon their roles and responsibilities in the organization, some iCMS users can create and edit, some can publish, and everyone can contribute what they can and access what they need.  Even every NCTC member has access to the site through the Member Directory.  As they grow and evolve, member companies can control and update their own content, including mission critical company descriptions and contact names. 

Mary Miller explains how website content management system iCMS can scale and grow with a company or organization.


You're invited to connect with iCMS on Facebook and iCMS on YouTube and to read more about iCMS on Handshake 2.0

iCMS is a product of IDD, Inc., a full-service IT firm.  IDD, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Inc., the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

A Content Management System Created from Experience

Website content management system iCMS was born of IDD's almost two decades of experience serving clients in custom web developmernt.  IDD, Inc. founder Mary Miller explains what sets iCMS apart from other content management systems.


iCMS is a web content management system providing subscribers value-priced usability.

You're invited to connect with iCMS on Facebook and iCMS on YouTube and to read more about iCMS on Handshake 2.0.  iCMS is a product of IDD, Inc., a full-service IT firm.

IDD, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Inc., the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

Top Three Features of Content Managment System iCMS

Mary Miller, founder of IDD, Inc., describes what clients of her company's new website content management system, iCMS, value most, beginning with the ability to manage their own content without the need for an in-house IT department.


iCMS is a web content management system providing subscribers independent control and management of their websites.  In other words, changes and updates to a site can be made in-house without delay, without an email or phone call to an outsourced web hosting company.  iCMS allows exciting news and important information to be added to a company's website with mission-critical timeliness.

iCMS is a product of IDD, Inc., a full-service IT firm specializing in website development, custom software solutions, education and training.  You're invited to connect with iCMS on Facebook and to read more about iCMS on Handshake 2.0.

IDD, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Inc., the parent company of Handshake 2.0.