"If you run a Web site, own a Web site, or are merely responsible for the success of a Web site, this is the book you need. Big picture philosophy and detailed practicality make Maintaining and Evolving Successful Commercial Web Sites the appropriate practicum for progressive Web professionals." -Jim Sterne, Author, Speaker, Consultant, Target Marketing of Santa Barbara "Ashley Friedlein takes four very complex but important subjects and boils them down for you to their essentials. With an abundance of practical examples and a strong feeling for what common sense dictates, he leads you to the heart of what it takes to keep a big site running and improving." -Bob Boiko, Author, The Content Management Bible (Hungry Minds, Inc.) and President, Metatorial Services Inc. "Ashley Friedlein makes a much-needed contribution to the (often neglected) area of Web site management. Using clear language and straightforward case studies, Friedlein masterfully tackles the 'post-launch' phase of Web development. This book will be sought after by all Web site managers." -Hurol Inan, Author, Measuring the Success of Your Website (Longman) and Consultant
Ashley Friedlein's first book, "Web Project Management: Delivering Successful Commercial Web Sites", became a bestseller and an essential reference for Web professionals developing new sites. "Maintaining and Evolving Successful Commercial Web Sites" addresses the realities of successful sites today, namely the notion that maintaining and evolving a site is actually a bigger commitment than launching it. Management wants to maximize returns and obtain reliable performance data, customers demand better service and insist on sites that are more advanced yet easier to use, and the Web site must increasingly be integrated with the entire business even as the amount of information it handles continues to grow."Maintaining and Evolving Successful Commercial Web Sites" focuses more on process, reality, and pragmatism and less on strategic theory. It provides the reader with the knowledge, tools, approaches, and processes to manage key site maintenance and evolution projects, providing answers to the following questions: How can I better manage changes and updates to the Web site?
How can I scale up to allow more contributions to the site and more content and still maintain quality and control? What is content management and how do I go about it? How do I go about personalization or community building? What is Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and how do I actually do it online? How do I measure and report on how well the site is doing? How do I avoid information overload? And how do I maximize the value the site creates?The book includes case studies to demonstrate candidly how the issues discussed in the book translate into reality. Case studies show candidly how the issues discussed translate into reality. This work describes content management and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and how to go about implementing them. It teaches how to measure and report on how well the site is doing, how to avoid information overload, and how to maximize the value the site creates.