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Michael Fienen
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  • Pittsburg, KS
  • United States
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It's Time to Give Your Online Catalog a Facelift
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Fienen Nov 2, 2011.

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Coordinate and discuss with other users of the dotCMS content management system.
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AJAX and Javascript

How are you using it? Where are you using it? How are you making it degrade gracefully? What are you doing to make sure applications remain accessible?See More
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"Love It! All too true.... "
Jan 2, 2013
Michael Fienen replied to Bill's discussion Traffic Decreases
"There are a million reasons "traffic" could decrease (it also very much depends on how you define "traffic). Did you launch a separate mobile/admissions/athletics/alumni site? Are you filtering campus vs off-campus traffic? Have you…"
Dec 20, 2012
Michael Fienen replied to Kevin Hanselman's discussion Cannibalizing web traffic?
"Keep in mind, while a 4% change in traffic might be out of the norm, it's also not statistically significant in most cases. After all, where is that dip happening? It's possible your home page views are down, while views across the rest of…"
Dec 20, 2012
Michael Fienen replied to Scott Smith's discussion Major/Minor Listing
"I wrote on this a while back, you might find it helpful:"
Nov 28, 2012
Michael Fienen replied to Megg Brown's discussion Matrix chart, need to replace Flash version
"Have you looked to see if amCharts or HighCharts offers something like this?"
Nov 6, 2012

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List three areas of expertise or specialization.
XHTML/CSS, Accessibility (508), dotCMS
What CMS are you using?
dotCMS day to day, and WordPress for other smaller projects
What department or office are you in?
Marketing Operations
Primary Job Responsibility
I am formerly the Director of Web Marketing at Pittsburg State University. I am currently a writer for .eduGuru, CTO for nuCloud, and Senior Interactive Developer for Aquent.

At PSU I oversaw the general development and maintenance of our primary .edu site, along with several ancillary sites. I was in charge of all aspects of our CMS (a role I currently fill for Aquent now), as well as managing our social media, layout, SEO, accessibility compliance, and other assorted roles. The web shop was a one man show, which forced me to become a master of many trades.

My book, dotCMS From the Ground Up, is available now at

I also cause a lot of trouble.
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At 2:18pm on August 12, 2011, Joe Tannian said…
Hello Michael,
I am new to uwebd and our university is in the process of evaluating several CMSs, OmniUpdate, Cascade and dotCMS seem like the strongest contenders. What do you like most and least about dotCMS?

We are use to extending our current in house developed CMS. Does dotCMS have an API for accessing content. Does it plugin architecture or support for JSP enable you to easily extend its functionality?

Are you aware of pros or cons vs Cascade or OmniUpdate?

Thanks, for any potential guidance you can give,
At 9:16am on November 30, 2010, Nancy Kroes said…
Michael, I want to share your latest post - Compliant Against Penn State but is it supposed to be Complaint and not Compliant?
At 6:08pm on June 4, 2010, Suzanne Klaus said…
Michael, Ektron CMS400.NET has many good features. The only thing I don't like about it is that it only runs on a Windows machine. Previously, we used the LAMP environment for our Web site. So I am having difficulty getting applications built now. But the CMS package itself is working pretty well. We have found some problems in editing text, etc., and do most things in the code to get around them. However, for my users who do not know code, some things can be difficult. Version 8 is out and we are installing it in August, so I am hoping some of those issues have been resolved. Do you use a CMS?
At 11:38am on March 5, 2008, Mike ... said…
Mike ... I cleared out the old post and made a new one since I spelled athletics wrong ... do have any info for me on the dotCMS and athletics (I you want to repost it or tell me directly that be great)... I see you use it now ... any help would be great ... thanks!!


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