Supercharge Your CMS: Integrations & Add-ons

Erin Lewis

As more and more clients need their websites to connect to social media, marketing and even CRM, their content management systems need to expand beyond out-of-the box capabilities. Enter add-ons, API integration and custom development (oh my!)

Are there particular CMSs that are friendlier to third-party development? Are all API integrations the same? Should you use add-ons? What add-ons should you use? These CTRL+CLICK episodes answer those questions and more!

  • Connecting to 3rd Party APIs
    Solspace founder and developer Mitchell Kimbrough joins the show to talk about API integration. He emphasizes the importance of discovery and shares technical tips to test and troubleshoot, along with suggestions for managing communication with devs and clients.
  • Platform Agnostic Add-on Dev
    An add-on with a single code base that supports multiple CMSs? It’s not a unicorn. It’s Backup Pro, and creator Eric Lamb gives us a peek at his development strategy and business approach. He talks about what's worked and what hasn't in developing for — and marketing to — an array of platforms with a wide range of customers.
  • Craft Plugins
    Interested in Craft CMS? Ben Parizek explains why it’s his CMS of choice, and what developing for Craft is like. He also shares his thoughts about Craft  education, documentation and the future of plugin development for the platform.
  • Add-on Development
    In this oldie-but-a-goodie from our EE Podcast days, developer Mark Croxton discusses using his Stash add-on for template development and subverting EE’s parse order. Mark also shares his own process and thoughts on best practices for add-on development.
  • Top Add-ons That Should Be Integrated to EE
    Another throwback episode from EE Podcast! Ryan Masuga discusses which third-party add-ons should be integrated to the EE core, why we don’t use some popular add-ons, and caveats of having any add-ons integrated to EE.

If you work with content management systems, these episodes should be on your “must listen” list! And if you don’t have time to listen to a full show, we’ve got transcripts — right on the page or downloadable in PDF format! — and detailed show notes. Skim through to get all the info in less time.

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