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Decoupling the CMS

August 13th, 2008 by mdmcginnis

Decoupled sounds like a technical term for the end of a romantic relationship: no more candy or flowers. But one of the most common misunderstandings about the CMS (I know I misunderstood until Erick explained it to me during my job interview) is that it is decoupled (in a happier sense).

What does decoupled mean? It means that our content management system produces real HTML Web pages that you upload to your Web servers. Other systems are database-driven: every time you want to view a page, you have to ask the server to assemble it and display it for you. But not our CMS. Once it has created the page, it’s done, until you want to update the content.

What does that mean for Texas A&M?

  • If the CMS server goes down, your site doesn’t go down.
  • The CMS can produce pages in any flavor – HTML, PHP, ASP, RSS – depending only on your template.
  • And of course, you can let anyone you want update the website. They won’t have to come to you for every change.

In preparation for our beta-testers, we’re codifying our terms of service, fleshing out the documentation, and testing the production server.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 CMS
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