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CMS demo observations

July 31st, 2007 by Erick Beck

As I mentioned earlier, one of the key pieces of the Content Management System that I was looking for in the demos last week was how they allowed content contributors to enter information into the system. By and large I was satisfied by what I saw.

All three of the systems had the standard textbox HTML editors with some level of WYSIWYG capabilities. Some even combined this type of editing with a template view, so that authors could see what their entry would look like in the context of the published look and feel of the page. Permission to edit portions of the page is controllable to a quite granular level, so an author of the ever popular ‘press release’ example would be able to enter in the content of the document and the title, but nothing else. Even the styled presentation of the entered text can be limited by site administrators.

The true power of these systems, though, comes in their webDav connection features. WebDav allows the CMS to appear as any other mounted directory, and content can be added to the system as easily as saving files to the folder. This could be Dreamweaver HTML files or it could even be MS Word docs. Some systems are even able to parse the Word doc and import it into the system — and no, this is not just ‘Save as HTML.’

After having looked at our three products I’m confident that the final choice will be satisfactory for content contributors of any skill level.

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1 Comment to CMS demo observations

  1. What is the latest on the university’s CMS project?

  2. Leanne South on August 30th, 2007

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