Overview

The Eskort Application Platform with Integrated Website CMS

Animus Rex is super excited to announce the release of Eskort v4, the latest generation of our powerful and incredibly flexible content platform. We've redesigning Eskort from the ground up so you can get your work done more easily and provide a better, richer, more relevant experience for your visitors.

We've honed every feature around three powerful ideas: speed, security, and ease of use.

  • Speed: as one client recently put it, Eskort v4 is "Like driving a Lamborghini when you're used to a Hyundai" Blazing speed allows for a better editing experience and more importantly, a better visitor experience.
  • Security: The Internet is a bad place. Nobody likes to think like that, but there are a lot of nefarious players. Eskort v4 uses the latest security (always on SSL, DDoS mitigation, etc.) to keep both your content and your visitors safe.
  • Ease of use: the instantly intuitive UI allows for painless adoption and our attention to detail and thoughtful, time-saving features streamline website management, saving time, money and frustration.

Eskort is great at powering websites, but that's just the beginning. Our powerful platform can be the centerpiece of your digital marketing hub: mobile sites, microsites, web apps, mobile apps, data services, social and publishing feeds, etc.

For a demo or to learn more, please give us a call at 212.374.1354 or email us at info@animusrex.com

Key Benefits

Eskort is the Ideal Solution to These Problems

  • Secure, turn-key, fully-hosted and managed SaaS solution
  • Sophisticated functionality within a short timeframe
  • Enterprise-level features on a mid-sized budget
  • Ongoing content management by non-technical personnel
  • Need to change or update features or content regularly
  • Single point of content management for web, apps, and print
  • Integration with other systems (CRMs, CDNs, internal/external databases, etc.)

Eskort enables rapid and affordable development of custom, content-rich experiences tailored to your unique business needs. Unlike other platforms, Eskort makes it easy to update or completely change many aspects of your website in a timely and cost effective manner. Additionally, entire business processes can be built in Eskort, taking advantage of Eskort's application server platform and database integration, and presented alongside your content.

Eskort is feature-rich. Our team is constantly refining the software in response to our clients' needs as well as our internal roadmap. We never "work around" a problem - we analyze the situation, find the best way to implement a solution, and add core functionality to Eskort as required. If something doesn't work in the "real world", we fix it. This process continues every day through continuous refinement and enhancement.

Long-term investment

  • Flexible and extensible platform that allows the site to evolve with your Firm
  • Design templates can be easily updated giving site a new look and feel without changing the content or back-end database
  • Additional functionality/sections/modules may be added quickly, easily and inexpensively
  • Virtually unlimited ability to add sections and pages
  • Provides the Firm with as much technical autonomy as it wants or needs
  • Lower overall support costs as most content edits can be performed internally and many of the site functions (such as most SEO features) are fully automated

Competitive advantage

  • World-class functionality presents firm as professional, capable, current and in the know, which is key to promoting new business in a competitive environment
  • Interrelated content provides relevance to the visitor allowing for richer experience
  • Provides existing clients with value added and easy to find information
  • Deployment of content to any devices on any platform
  • Eskort is a nimble system built for change that allows your site to stay current and relevant in today's rapidly changing marketplace

For a demo or to learn more, please give us a call at 212.374.1354 or email us at info@animusrex.com

Content Management

Content Management: Evolved

Eskort™ is Animus Rex's full-featured application server platform, specifically designed to reduce the cost and time-to-market of web development and content delivery. The built in CMS is powerful, flexible and easy for non-technical personnel to use.

More than a website CMS

Eskort is great at powering websites, but that's just the beginning. Our powerful platform can be the centerpiece of your digital marketing hub: mobile sites, microsites, web apps, mobile apps, data services, social and publishing feeds, etc. As marketing evolves, Eskort enables you to distribute content to any device in virtually any format. We've created everything from deals databases to automated conflict checking systems to sophisticated content distribution platforms with Eskort.

Streamlined Content Management

  • Elegant and easy to use interface
  • Intuitive folder/file-based content management system
  • World-class integrated and customizable HTML editor
  • Ability to securely administer site from any computer with Internet access
  • Ongoing content maintenance (add/edit/move/delete pages) can be performed
    by non-technical personnel with minimal training
  • Fully versioned system allows for preview and approval of updates prior to publication as well as unlimited and non-linear undo

Performance

  • Wicked fast (depending on function 10-100 x faster than v3, which itself was faster than most content engines)
  • Most pages see a 5x to 20x (or more) improvement in load time on Eskort
  • Visitor experience is enhanced because of speed and rendering optimization
  • Vastly improved and highly customizable site search
  • Navigation through back-end editor is close to instant
  • No site cache ensures that edits and document versions are seen the first time

Building upon 15 Years of Proven Performance

  • Eskort v4 builds upon the proven v1-v3 core features that still exist (e.g., schedule publication, versioning, etc)
  • Major UI/UX improvements streamline workflow for editors and developers
  • New v4 UI metaphor is similar enough to the v3 UI that editor adoption is quick
  • v4 UI has many thoughtful time-saving details, (e.g., save button always at the top, multi-function left sidebar allows for easy navigation to content, dashboard, reports, and other tools)
  • Under the hood, the Eskort platform has been 100% rewritten and optimized for the next generation of websites and applications
  • New stack: UNIX (FreeBSD), Apache, Mongo DB, PHP

Advanced Coding and Integrations

  • Escript is now much closer to native PHP and uses similar structure so any competent PHP coder can easily learn Escript
  • New code blocks functionality allows for consistency and quicker deployment
  • Bootstrap.js integration for easy responsive mobile deployment
  • SASS CSS for powerful global control of style sheets
  • Unification of all site build tools into single area with logical sections (JS, CSS, etc.)
  • Structure attributes are easily modified and reordered (for easy growth/change to sites over time)
  • New template model is more flexible
  • Backend search now works on all site code as well
  • Code editor has full-color coding and nesting
  • Escript can be added to any document for ultimate flexibility

For a demo or to learn more, please give us a call at 212.374.1354 or email us at info@animusrex.com

Productivity Tools

Productivity Tools and Time-Saving Features

  • Auto-naming feature makes creating filenames quick and consistent (e.g., title and date can be used to create SEO compliant filename automatically, bio first-last name used to create filename, etc.)
  • Multiple file attachments (add any number of PDFs or Office documents to an Eskort document)
  • Multiple picture attachments (easily create carousels and galleries)
  • Drag and drop sorting of multiple images, files and relational attributes (e.g., reordering related people in a news document is a simple drag and drop function)
  • Multi-dimensional arrays make manipulating complex fields (such as Education) much easier and precise
  • History differential makes it easier to see what changes were made from previous versions
  • Timed or on-demand publishing and revocation of content
  • Preview copy can be sent to anyone for review even if they don't have site authentication
  • Integration with third party CDN (content delivery networks) such as Akamai
  • From Trash you can "Put Back”, and object just is placed back exactly where it was
  • Archive function (vs. delete/trash) that stores all relational data and restores that data if put back (especially useful if someone leaves and then come back)
  • MyLinks - save "favorites" to quickly get to what you work on regularly
  • Dashboard view makes it easy to find recently edited docs, so even if you forgot about adding to MyLinks you don't have to go searching
  • Dashboard also includes access to redirects, scheduled publication/revocation & tag management
  • Form builder for event registrations, newsletter signups, surveys, etc.
  • All form data is captured and can be output as Excel or JSON
  • Automated implementation of 301 redirects when renaming (e.g., a bio gets updated because of marriage, renaming automatically created a redirect from the old bio to the updated bio so both deep links and Google page rank is maintained)
  • Easy management of redirects
  • Built in tagging system
  • Ability to directly relate on document to another and sorted relationships via drag and drop
  • Back-end search is able to quickly find any document or fragment of code
  • PDF thumbnail generation automatically creates an image of a PDF's first page for use in visual display
  • Import/export to/from Excel and JSON
  • Native D3 charting from Excel data (make charts, graphs tables from Excel files)
  • Integration with Google Webmaster tools for link checking
  • Integration with Google Analytics for traffic analysis
  • Exceptional multi-language handling
  • Import/export capabilities (Excel, JSON, XML)
  • Native mobile handling for optimal viewing on any device
  • Interchangeable custom templates
  • Template modifications can easily affect global changes

Plus many many more...

For a demo or to learn more, please give us a call at 212.374.1354 or email us at info@animusrex.com

Marketing Tools

Marketing Tools

Our job is to make your job easier. As new marketing tools become more than just a fad or are requested by our clients, we incorporate them into Eskort. What we don't do is cerate "bloat-ware" where features are made for feature's sake. When developing new features, we always keep security in mind -- not just yours, but your visitors' as well.

  • Automated background search engine optimization, including header title and description automation, keyword count, sitemap.xml push and other best practices published by Google
  • Automated content discovery, which promotes visitor engagement and site stickiness
  • Easy cross-linking and referencial tagging of content to create relevant horizontal pathways through the site
  • Integration with Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools
  • Integratoin with most 3rd party tracking/marketing code (e.g. Hubspot, Adobe Analytics)
  • Custom social sharing icons that don't violate stricter privacy trends
  • Automated integration with Open Graph Protocol (controlled sharing for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.)

Mobile, Devices, and Accessibility

Animus Rex has been at the forefront of mobile delivery, dating back to the flip phone era (really). We developed the first dedicated law firm mobile site ever and the first three legal responsive mobile sites. When Goolge made mobile friendly a major page rank signal, 90% sites were already mobile friendly.

  • Eskort allows for various forms of mobile deployment including Responsive Design, dedicated mobile sites, content delivery to mobile apps and various mobile/responsive hybrid approaches
  • Supports deployment in multiple languages including non-Latin character sets and right to left reading languages
  • Ability for the user to select which language they prefer for site content or have the site automatically display the language preference of the user's browser
  • Supports syndication and export of content in a variety of standard formats

Optional Modules

We bundle most features into the core system, but those that take additional resources or extensive custom setup are optional. Those include:

  • Integrated Newsletter/eBlast to send newsletters to your users with direct integraion with SendGrid
  • Automated generation of PDFs from web content (single page or pitch-builder style)
  • Automated generation of editable MS Word documents (single page or pitch builder style)
  • Gated content module (requiring and storing visitor's info before they are sent a PDF or other resource)

For a demo or to learn more, please give us a call at 212.374.1354 or email us at info@animusrex.com

Hosting & Security

Hosting / Security / Reliability

Eskort is a fully-hosted, secure, turnkey solution. Unlike blog platforms like WordPress, Eskort has never been hacked and has security safeguards in place to make it stay that way.

  • 100% uptime guarantee
  • Private cloud hosted at multiple locations with independent Internet backbones
  • Two-step authentication available
  • IP lockdown for administrative access available
  • Code pre- and post- processing to restrict and prevent security breaches
    (e.g., cross-site scripting)
  • Form builder removes the code layer from developers and prevents introduction of new security holes such as cross-site scripting
  • Round trip authentication option for forms to mitigate spam emails
  • UI separates content, from reporting, from site build tools, and configuration – and provides access restrictions to those views. (An editor does not have access to site build tools or reports.) This both cleans up the UI and limits unnecessary access
  • SSAE 16, SOC, PCI, HIPAA, and HITECH compliant data centers
  • Biometric access control and fire suppression
  • Continuous backups on multiple virtual servers in different geographic locations creates a live DR to guard against catastrophic failure
  • Monthly snapshots of sites permanently archived
    (required for certain regulated industries such as law and finance)
  • Integrates with Google Analytics or other third party tracking software
  • Managed hosting includes active server monitoring and preventative intervention, all OS updates, security patches, software updates and license fees
  • Distributed content media services available for integrated streaming video and podcasts

For a demo or to learn more, please give us a call at 212.374.1354 or email us at info@animusrex.com