The World Wide Web Consortium Chooses Craft CMS

I have some exciting news to share. The World Wide Web Consortium, one of the most important governing bodies of the open web, recently selected Craft CMS to develop its new website!

At Tempest we are very happy to see the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) choose Craft. Their decision-making process underscores all of the positives that we’ve experienced in working with the Craft CMS and leadership team over the past few years. To help walk you through what this announcement means and why I think it's so important, here's a little bit more background information:

Why CMS Selection Is Critical To Success

A content management system (CMS) may be one of the most important variables in a successful website development project. A CMS influences the design, functionality, and performance of your site. At Tempest, we choose to build on the Craft CMS, because it offers us the design flexibility to create complex, bespoke websites, which are unbounded by templates and therefore reflect our client’s unique brands

Craft also offers best-in-class technology for publishing and authorship, headless content for fast sites, and high accessibility standards. It has been a pleasure working with the Craft CMS leadership team. They are very responsive, attuned to their developer community, and have transparent roadmap focused on enhanced performance and accessibility in future releases.

The Importance of The Open Web

At Tempest, our work and commitment to excellence does not end after a website launches. That's why it is important to our team to use a CMS like Craft, that supports our clients throughout the lifecycle of their website. If a client wishes to work with a different agency or partner in the future, the Craft CMS' open source code allows our clients to own their web presence and platform in perpetuity and work with any vendor they choose.

A destination organization should own its web platform and presence. This open technology is what makes the internet so cool. It’s not a walled garden, it’s the open web. 

Alex Hiemann, CEO Tempest

How & Why Did W3C Choose Craft CMS? 

W3C partnered with Studio 24, its digital agency, to conduct the CMS selection. Ultimately, Studio 24 narrowed down the search to several finalists: including WordPress, Statamic, and Craft CMS. The W3C and Studio 24 were very transparent about their decision-making process and reasoning. Below are a few insights from Simon Jones, the founder of Studio 24 on the selection process, and what Craft CMS offers when compared with other platform like WordPress.

On Accessibility:

"Craft went the extra mile by committing to a roadmap to reach compliance and hiring an in-house accessibility expert to report accessibility issues and educate the development team." 

On The WordPress Guttenberg Editor vs. Craft CMS:

"From a business perspective I also believe Gutenberg creates a complexity issue that makes it challenging for use by many agencies who create custom websites for clients; where we have a need to create lots of bespoke blocks and page elements for individual client projects."

On Craft's Open Source Technology:

"While their source code is open, they do have commercial licenses and cost money (though a modest sum). Charging money enables small teams to develop good software, so we’re not ideologically against this business model."

To learn more about how Tempest uses the Craft CMS in its destination marketing website projects, get in touch today! Click below to contact us and a member of our team will be happy to walk you through Craft's core capabilities and the advantages of this cutting-edge CMS.

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