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    Talking To Show a Logo or Not to Show a Logo?

    Hello,

    You know how on a lot of sites, it will say "Powered by CMS," where CMS is the name of some sort of processing engine? Is this a good idea or a bad one?

    Obviously, 99.9% of visitors don't really care if your using an engine from 2005 or one from 1905, but is there a point?

    I think that for developers, who often get less-than-satisfactory public credit for their hard work, it's a nice little bout of flag-waving.

    Compuwhiz7

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    I have wrestled with the idea of something like this as well, but in the case of my web site... nobody would care if I ran the site from a cave or whatever.

    If you had a webmaster or script related web site, it would make a lot of sense for folks who wonder how your web site is managed.

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    Hello,

    Good point... my site is basically just a personal vanity gizmo, and I guess that although no one cares, I wouldn't be burned at the stake either.

    Additionally, then there's the age-old (I think...) question of what to name the darn CMS... since I'm making my own, I need a nice name.

    Thanks for any and all feedback.

    Compuwhiz7

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    Quote Originally Posted by compuwhiz7
    Hello,

    You know how on a lot of sites, it will say "Powered by CMS," where CMS is the name of some sort of processing engine? Is this a good idea or a bad one?

    Obviously, 99.9% of visitors don't really care if your using an engine from 2005 or one from 1905, but is there a point?

    I think that for developers, who often get less-than-satisfactory public credit for their hard work, it's a nice little bout of flag-waving.

    Compuwhiz7
    This could also be a problem. Imagine a security hole in CMSX; you know, the one you're using to power your site. If you have a "Powered by" blurb, every little script kiddie that comes across your site will have an easy target to exploit. If you keep updated this may not be much of an issue, but I know that a lot of Web site operators are hesitant to upgrade their CMSes quickly for fear of breaking something.

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    Hello,

    You make another good point, Vinnie. For me, though, that's not an issue... my CMS is updated literally daily, as I dabble in it and expand new features. As noted above, my site is a personal vanity site, so if it gets exploited I just have to restore the content.

    Plus, no one knows my code...

    Compuwhiz7

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    Name it something funky like N00blet
    or Nubb3n or N00d13

    or nooblet nubben or noodle for those of you who are extremely extremely extremely witless when it comes to translating |-|4><0r 31337

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    Hello,

    Thanks for your suggestions, TNT Cheats, but I want something interesting like Genius or SmartCMS...

    Compuwhiz7

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    It all depends on the logo I suppose and what I gain from advertising it.
    Former Design Your Site Team Leader

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    NACS - Not Another Content managment System
    Hello World

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougBTX
    NACS - Not Another Content managment System
    I like that. Depending on how you look at it, could be a snarky comment, or just very marketable.
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    The logo will help create brand awareness, important if you are marketing a new CMS. OK, only important amongst web siteowners, bur then that is your target market.

    Also, if the logo often acts as a link back to the CMS developer site you are potentially getting lots of free Google PR improving links.

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    How bout..
    naming it something intelligent, like
    TITS The Information Train Station?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tntcheats
    How bout..
    naming it something intelligent, like
    TITS The Information Train Station?
    You can make sure that one gets a click from an interested user.

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    Yes, you sure can be sure...

    How bout you name it l337zor or Digital Extreme or Digistream or TRS The Right Sh1t

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    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia
    This could also be a problem. Imagine a security hole in CMSX; you know, the one you're using to power your site. If you have a "Powered by" blurb, every little script kiddie that comes across your site will have an easy target to exploit. If you keep updated this may not be much of an issue, but I know that a lot of Web site operators are hesitant to upgrade their CMSes quickly for fear of breaking something.
    That's a good point, but I find that I can distinguish a piece of software without seeing it's name written at the bottom of the page. I can tell a vBulletin forum from any other pretty quickly. And think, would vBulletin have been such a huge success without having it's brand in the page title, and at the bottom of the page. Sure, it would have been popular as a result of word of mouth, but I wonder how many people bought vB having liked the software and looked for a "Powered by" link.

    If a "script kiddie" is on the lookout for something to exploit, they won't need a "Powered by" link to be able to find a target.

    From a user point of view, if I see an average piece of software, I couldn't care what it's called or who made it, but when I see something special I find myself wanting to know more about it.

    From a programmer's point of view, if I code a piece of software (for use on the web) I'll stick a "Powered by" link at the bottom. Nothing too big or extravagant, but something which the odd user might pick up on. I guess for the most part such a link is pointless, but it's nice to see the name of something you've worked so hard on, on another site.
    Regards, Ant.

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    Unless your forced to, or are an getting payed to advertise it, not bother.
    "A nerd who gets contacts
    and a trendy hair cut is still a nerd"

    - Stephen Colbert on Apple Users

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    Quote Originally Posted by The New Guy
    Unless your forced to, or are an getting payed to advertise it, not bother.
    That could spark another debate entirely. Should you force the logo on content management systems you made and sell?
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    I think its a fair trade off for quality free products. I dont think Vbulliten should force you to have a link at the bottom of the page (or does it?). You paid for it after all.
    "A nerd who gets contacts
    and a trendy hair cut is still a nerd"

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    Well, vB has diffrent levels of paying. They have a less expensive license - so i could see forcing it there. But not if you've paid for thier full out license .
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