Tuesday Push – eWrite Lite

eWrite Lite - Simple Content Management

Gordon Murray’s eWrite Lite is a tool for editing and publishing a website’s content. It’s simple to setup and uses a very similar editor to the one you’d find in WordPress and other popular content management systems.

eWrite is this week’s Tuesday Push, and instead of talking it up directly, I’m going to take a slightly different approach and write about it’s online demo, which seriously impressed me.

All Demos Are Not Created Equally

I’ve tried and tested over thirty CMS’s throughout the years, most of which I tested as a hosted version. Typically, the way an online demo works is by providing users with access to a preinstalled version of the software that resets itself every hour or so. Once you login you can have a look around and familiarise yourself with the interface and the controls.

The problem here, is that all the visitors have access to the same generic account, and what tends to happen is that these visitors add simple content in every nook and cranny of the system. You would think that this is a good thing but the type of content entered tends to be of the ‘hello world’ type rather then a carefully written page of HTML and CSS.

This half hearted attempt at testing the software doesn’t really give any indication as to how the editor will fair with ‘real world’ content that pushes the limits of the relevant W3C specifications.

However, the demo for eWrite takes a completely different approach.

A Real Test with Real Content

Instead of providing a generic account that resets every so often, eWrite gives each visitor their own space to test it’s capability, but where it really shines is that it prepopulates this space with pages and images of any website you want.

This means that you can test the full capability of the system with ‘real world’ content without having to type it in yourself. This makes it dead easy to see how your own website would render in the system and gives you a preview of how easy it would be to edit your own website.

This is a fresh and innovative approach to online demos that improves usability and really helps the user to understand the capability of the software.

Try It Yourself

The eWrite demo is available now, and as Niall has pointed out, you can easily use it to edit (a copy of) any page on the Internet. Great fun for all the family.


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  1. Gordon says:

    Thanks Iarfhlaith, Great post. Im quite fond of the eWrite Lite Demo myself. Over 20 people have used it today alone as a result of the couple of blog posts.

    Thanks for the Tuesday Push!

    Sep 9, 2008
  2. Iarfhlaith says:

    no probs Gordon,

    Glad to hear that the push helped drive traffic and interest. I’m sure I’m not the only one that would be interested to know more about the affect each Tuesday Push has on the selected company.

    Reading Derek Organ’s feedback on the success of his push was really interesting, maybe you could do something similar once the dust has settled?

    Sep 10, 2008
  3. Gordon says:

    I certainly will. I don’t know if many have requested to be part of the Tuesday Push but its definitely worthwhile on a couple of levels, the prep work beforehand as well as the feedback afterwards.

    Sep 10, 2008
  4. Iarfhlaith says:

    There’ll come a point when I’ll be ready to stick my name on the list too but until I have a demo ready I’ll have to settle for talking up everyone else! It’d be a nice way to coordinate a launch with some free PR.

    Sep 10, 2008

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