Relational Websites and Content Curation with xsMobi
With xsMobi, a website builder for the mobile web, users can link sites and group pages to form larger, "relational" websites with multiple homepages. This feature is especially suitable for digital content curation and collaboration between authors
xsMobi is a website builder that automatically generates mobile and responsive websites without requiring the publisher to have any familiarity with web design or coding. Website publishers can even use xsMobi on the go ("build websites for mobiles – on your mobile").
Now xsMobi is launching a new feature that makes it even more versatile: pages can be organized into groups, which can even contain pages from different sites. Thus content curators can use xsMobi to build larger websites by culling web pages devoted to a specific subject while individual websites covering sub-topics remain manageable. Moreover, an unlimited number of publishers can contribute to such relational websites and any of these authors can create a homepage to put their own spin on the topic explored through the relational website.
"Relational websites are simply websites without a single homepage, meaning they have multiple homepages" says Dr. Eckard Ritter, the developer of xsMobi. "There is no hierarchy and any page can be used to aggregate other pages. This is great for digital content curation, which is very useful in the tourism industry, for example. Suppose you want to compile travel information about the Bavarian Forest. You may start with a web page about vacation packages for families. Another author might contribute a page from his website on hiking and a third on nature preservation projects. All these pages can be seamlessly grouped by ANY of those authors to form an extensive curated site with useful information. And any of the contributors can make their individual homepage a homepage of the shared relational website"
This new feature can be presented in appealing formats implementing responsive web design, i.e. websites that display perfectly on all Internet devices) because xsMobi has adopted the ZURB/Foundation framework, billed as "the most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world". In particular, a special "off-canvas" format has been adopted so mobile devices v can accommodate page groups that display as full-screen panels on desktops.
With its abilities to display content in the most advanced formats and to curate content from multiple publishers within a single website, xsMobi addresses the two main challenges of today’s Internet. First, it makes content available for easy consumption to all kind of users and Internet devices. This includes modern formats (Foundation) and appealing specialized formats (off-canvas). Second, xsMobi leverages the concept of "relational websites" and introduces the power to group and aggregate pages across websites. These features elevate xsMobi from a simple website builder to a content management tool, whose versatility makes it ideal for collaboration and digital content curation.
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- Eckard Ritter
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