Published: 15/02/2011 | Modified: 06/06/2014, 11:40 am

There is no such thing as an ideal content management system (CMS). When choosing a CMS, consider your own needs and resources.

Choosing a user-friendly CMS is critical for your portal (see The Netherlands 3 or Spain 4). If your organisation is using a certain CMS for its other websites, it makes sense to use the same CMS for the EURAXESS portal as well (see Austria 4). Server capability, security issues, the existence of in-house IT know-how and financial issues all play a role in determining what the best CMS is for you. To help you visualise the website in the construction phase, you can also use a wire frame instead of a CMS (see The Netherlands 4).

Your target group—researchers from various countries—use a broad range of web clients and connection speeds, so you must make sure that your portal will work and look the same with different browsers (see Spain 3). Broken links on your website is another technical issue that can be solved by setting up an automatic link checking system (see Quality control).

All national portals should use the RSS feeds to retrieve data (job vacancies, fellowships and grants) posted on the EURAXESS Jobs portal. The necessary code is available in the BHO section of the EURAXESS Jobs portal. To access the section, you will need a username and password that you will receive from the European Commission. In addition to the RSS feeds, you can also make effective use of the web services developed by the Serbian BHO (see Serbia 2), available from the same source.

A new helpful feature for the national portals is the use of Google Maps to locate ESCs and LoCPs. Serbia is one of the first countries to link this application to its portal (see Serbia 3).

The human factor is an important aspect of the technical side of the EURAXESS portals. You must make sure that your portal managers have the necessary skills to use the tools available to them. Involve the IT department of your organisation or outsource technical development, if necessary. It is also crucial to have a system in place that will ensure that knowledge (including usernames and passwords) is retained in case of personnel changes. Different countries use different models for organising their national portal teams (see Germany 4, Turkey 1, Poland, Spain 2, Croatia 2 and Hungary).