CMS Web Application Development



Pace University's Center for Business and Technology offers some of the most comprehensive and cutting edge web and digital graphic design programs in the Metropolitan New York area and even the US.

For career changers or entry level students all the way through advanced and experienced web designers, Pace has a program to support your career and advance your job skills for today's job market and employment needs.
CMS Web Application Development

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Course Description

Content Management Systems have gained in popularity as the number of robust and complex websites continues to grow. Students will cover the lifecycle of web sites, including their creation, management, distribution, and publishing of content.

This extensive hands-on course will cover award winning open source CMS applications such as Joomla, Drupal, Magento and Wordpress and others. Students will build a number of high performance web application components and sites throughout the course. As a final project, students will build a full web application of their choice.

Students will explore Open source Content Management Systems (CMS), Content Management Frameworks (CMF), and Web Content Management (WCM) in Java, .Net, Ruby, Python, and PHP. Student exercises include how to interact, and engage and contribute to online communities and projects. The course will cover the various technologies and the resources available to developers.

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You Will Learn To

Students will learn how to: Plan, design, build and maintain websites using CMS (Content Management Systems) and CMF (Content Management Frameworks) systems.


Who Should Enroll

Students who have taken the Adobe Web Design course or have the equivalent experience and have solid skills in Dreamweaver, CSS, HTML and basic knowledge of PHP. This is an intermediate to advanced course.

This CMS Web Application Development course is also for web designers (and others) wishing to understand site creation with Content Management Systems and to expand their skills by creating CMS-driven sites built with WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, ModX, Stripe, Magento and others.

Web designers / developers looking to extend their knowledge and skills
Prior WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento, etc. users or administrators looking for better understanding and more control of their sites
Tech-savvy individuals with a solid knowledge of core Web skills (such as FTP and HTML, CSS, Javascript) with tolerance for a steep learning curve


Course Format

This 72 hour - Certificate in CMS Web Application Development class meets twice per week on Monday and Wednesday evenings at our Midtown Center location (New York, NY). This is an instructor-led course.

Evening classes: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm (2.5 hours) Five hours per week for 14 weeks.

Cost: $2950

Location: 1 Martine Ave, Suite 424 White Plains, NY 10606

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Location: 551 5th Ave (at 45th Street), 8th Floor, New York, NY 10176

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Location: One Pace Plaza, New York, NY, 10038

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Location: 163 William St., New York, NY 10038

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Web Standards and Database Driven Applications
History of the Internet
Page layouts, Fluid and Dynamic
CSS Hacks and Bug Fixes
CSS3 Design Galleries
Web Typography, Fonts, Elements, Usability, and Accessibility
Web Standards Compliance, Validation, HTTP request/response cycle
Static and Dynamic Site Concepts
Document Object Model and Ajax
MODx Revolution Overview
MVC (Model View Controller) Architectural Pattern
ORM (Object Relational Mapper)
Online Javascript Cloud IDE
Introduction to Git Client Version Control

960 Grid System, 1140 Grid System, Blueprint Framework, YUI 2, YAML, FEM
CSS Frameworks, Grids, Generators, and Tools
CSS Positioning, Floats, and Property Basics
Revolution Tag Syntax
Information Architecture Concepts
Custom Fonts with CSS3, sIFR, Cufon, and ITR

HTMLtables, forms, andvalidation
Cloud IDE Code anywhere with FTP (HTML, PHP, Javascript, CSS, and XML)
jQuery and Form Validation Techniques
Sorting HTML Tables
Dynamically Sorting Rows
Utilizing server data sources
Custom pagination controls
Multi-column sorting
HTML5 Attributes, Properties, Tags and Semantics
HTML5 Specification Documentation
HTML Images, Lists, Markup, Doctypes, Elements, and Basics

Printer Friendly Web Documents
HTML5 Open Source Galleries
Javascript Debugging with JS Bin
Accessibility Testing
Accessibility Basics
Validating your HTML
HTML Templates and Navigation Constructs
Generic containers - div and span elements
Lesser-known semantic elements
HTML Forms - the basics
HTML Tables
HTML Links

Javascript interpreter & debugging tool
CodeRun Studio IDE
CSS Layout, Box, Border, Margin, Padding
Text Styling with CSS
Inheritance and Cascade
CSS Basics

CSS Positioning and Layouts
CSS Terms and Definitions
CSS3 Media Queries for Mobile
Site Components, headers, footers, columns, and templates
CSS absolute and fixed positioning
Static and relative positioning
Floats and clearing
Form design, layout, and presentation with CSS
Styling tables
Styling lists and links
CSS Background images
Kodingen Cloud Development Environment

Javascript Core Skills
jQuery and asking for help
Common Javascript Mistakes
Server-side Javascript development and hosting
Programming Basics
Programming to learn programming and enjoy learning
Graceful degradation and progressive enhancement
introduction to Javscript
Javascript animation
Handling events with Javascript
Dynamic style - manipulating CSS with Javascript
Creating and modifying HTML
Traversing the DOM
Objects in Javascript
Javascript functions
Principles of unobtrusive Javascript
Javascript best practices

Mobile Web Development
Mobile emulators and simulators
Application performance on mobile devices
Mobile template design examples
Detect Mobile Browsers, user agent detection - feature detection and browser detection
Use mobile-specific HTML, CSS, and Javascript
Mobile javascript libraries, Sencha, jQTouch, XUI, iUI, jQuery Mobile, etc.

Implementing Original Designs
CSS3 Cross-Browser Strategies and Rule Generators
Mobile javascript framework - Zepto, by Thomas Fuchs
HTML5 and CSS3 with Modernizr, PIE3, Selectivizr, etc.
Chop original design into Wordpress Theme
Convert design to CMS Template or Theme
Front End Code Samples
Estimating length of effort and requirements
Project: Create hand code web service application
Mobile web optimization techniques
Open source template resources
Web design: positioning
Prototype and proof of concept with jsFiddle

Javascript Plugins and Design Patterns
Archive and share code with Gisthub
Implementing jQuery Plugins
Create carousels with a plugin
Pattern for plugin authoring
How jQuery works
Plugins/Authoring - jQuery Javascript Library
Plugin development pattern
Simple plugin construction tutorial
Animated slideshow gallery implementation

Integrate a Mockup into a CMS
Template Variable Constructs
PHP Coding in MODx
Dynamic Gallery: database-driven application
Develop custom forms implemented within the CMS
Creating and using MODx snippets
MODx Developer Introduction - MVC, xPDO, ORM, and Overview
Creating a blog in MODx Revolution

Develop a Portfolio Site
Introduction to Databases and MySQL
Ajax jQuery Tabs in Revolution
Custom Manager Pages
Managing Resources and Element via SVN in Revolution
PHP Coding in MODx Revolution Pt. II - Objects and Queries

Javascript Frameworks
jQuery Mobile Tips and Code
Javascript Module Pattern
Video Library: Mobile, Sencha, SproutCore, Titanium, Browsers, jQuery Mobile
Javascript Mistakes to Avoid
Thematic Mapping Library
Google Maps API Map Style Implementation
Server-side Javascript Development and Hosting
Code with Javascript UI library implemeting the MVVM pattern
Prototype MooTools Accordian in jsFiddle
Implement a Web Desktop Application with Sencha
Cross Platform Mobile WebApps - dojo Mobile
Web Mapping with Mapstraction, CartoView, Google Maps, Bing, etc.
jQuery Fundamentals
Essential Javascript Design Patterns

MVC Applications with Silverstripe
Gallery Module with Silverstripe
Silverstripe Modules Overview: Example Theme
Silverstripe Cheatsheet
CSS Authoring Framework - Compass
Compass Authoring Framework
Integreate Sass and Compass in Silverstripe Modules and Themes - Open Source CMS / Framework
SilverStripe 3.0
Building a Theme from a Static Template
Dataobject relationship management
Tutorials - Sapphire - SilverStripe Documentation
Implement a Site search module
Forms in Revolution
Building a basic SilverStripe site
Extending a basic SilverStripe site
Silverstripe Theme development

Original Design Implementation - Wordpress
Wordpress HTML5 Starter Themes
Add Social Bookmarking Button to Blog Posts
Implement 12 Custom Features without Plugins
Writing a Wordpress Plugin
Implementing Web Themes in Wordpress
Identifying Premium Web Themes

Customizing Wordpress without Plugins
Set Default Content in WP Editor
Multi-lingual Spell Check
Add Custom Buttons in Editor
Customize Editor Stylesheets Consistent with Post Types
Disable Theme Switching, RSS Feeds, WordPress admin bar, etc.
Add Post Thumbnails to Feeds
Releasing Wordpress GPL compliant Themes

Drupal 7 Development
Distribution Packages, Vendors, and Hosting
Drupal 7 Theme Layer
Overview of Theme Files
Theming Guide
Configuring Menus, Navigation, and Blog posts
Default Theme Implementation - Drupal API
Drupal Structure Guide
Create Module - Drupal 6
Creating Custom Drupal Modules
Drupal Menu Management

Drupal 7 Themes and Modules
Overview, Installing & Upgrading
Dynamic News Aggregating App Project
Theming Drupal 6 & 7
Drupal 6 Blueprints
Creating Drupal 7 Modules
Customizing Drupal

Ecommerce Theme Construction
Setup PayPal Integration with PHP & MySQL
Magento Designer’s Guide
Prestashop Theme Implementation
Sell Products with Prestashop
introduction to OpenCart

Cross-Platform Native Mobile App Development
Deploying Native Mobile Apps - Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows 7, etc.
Native Device Capabilities
Frameworks for Single Source
HTML5 Mobile Application Frameworks, Jo, ChocolateChip-UI
Mobile Frameworks - Rhodes, Titanium, Phonegap, etc.
Best practices for mobile web application development
W3C mobile web recommendations
Building a CMS Mobile Template

Building Ecommerce with a CMS
User Handbook - CMSMS
Shopping Cart Implementation - CMSMS
Debug and Inspect with FirePHP - CMSMS
Snippet Development - CMSMS
Building Mobile Ready CMS Templates - CMSMS
Creating Modules, Content Blocks, Menu Items, and Plugins - CMSMS

Introduction to CMS Made Simple
Implement a Shopping Cart with Inventory Management
Debug Ajax Development in the Console
CMSMS Module with jQuery Plugin - Showcase Project
Obtain Image Dimensions in Smarty
Setup a mobile version without online modules or services
Ecommerce Modules for CMSMS site development
Add Menu Item Subtext

PHP MVC Frameworks
Create a Basic Web Service - PHP, MySQL, XML and JSON
Develop an API - PHP
Parse JSON and other data formats with PHP and Javascript
Open Source PHP Frameworks - Zend, Cake, Codeigniter, etc.

Final Project Assessment
Overview and Presentation
Application Features and Components
Theme/Template Implementation in CMS or Framework
API Design Best Practices
Dynamic Data Features